The second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.
Small-town noir meets dread-inducing horror—a sharp, gritty story that draws readers into a community with an almost unthinkable secret at its core ... C.J. Tudor has proven herself once again to be one of the most exciting, genuinely unique talents at work in the genre ... From page one, Tudor’s devilishly clever and seriously unsettling crime novel grabs the reader by the throat, never relenting until the very last page has been turned… and maybe not even then ... a riveting, compulsively readable suspense novel from one of the best crime writers in the game.
Joe’s wisecracking is well-timed comic relief from Arnhill’s pervasive darkness; Tudor has crafted another fantastic horror-tinged thriller (after The Chalk Man, 2018) in the vein of John Connolly and Brendan Duffy.
In spite of being written in the irritating first-person present point of view, this is a gripping, definitely creepy story ... he sense of dread hovering over the entire story becomes thicker and more desperate as Joe realizes his time is running out ... has enough shocks and twists to keep the reader off balance until the last page.