14 December 2020

The Burning Girls


By C. J. Tudor
Thriller | Horror

My Review

A 2020 Top Rated Read

Following a tragedy in her Nottingham parish, Reverend Jack (Jacqueline) Brooks is pressured into accepting a new post in the small hamlet of Chapel Cross in East Sussex. Along with teenage daughter Flo, Jack uses the opportunity for a fresh start. However, the village isn't quite the rural idyll she'd hoped for. With a violent history of Protestant martyrs burned at the stake, evil forces are still present today. As Jack is drawn deeper into the mystery surrounding the disappearance of two young girls thirty years earlier, she uncovers long hidden secrets; placing not only herself but Flo in unimaginable danger. 

WOW, this is an amazing read! I was gripped from beginning to end. It's wonderfully dark, brooding and oh so creepy. C. J. Tudor's writing is superb. Her skill in creating complex and unique characters is second to none. I honestly believe she's one of the best British writers around today.

Whilst not a fast moving story, it simmers and slowly reveals its secrets. The plot is intricate and takes many unexpected twists and turns. I really don't know how the author pulls her incredible ideas and threads together but I'm in awe! This is such a good book and one of the best I've read this year. Top marks.    

Book Source: Review copy from the publisher
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Print length: 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin (19th Aug 2021)

The Blurb

Reverend Jack Brooks and daughter Flo are looking for a fresh start and Chapel Croft appears the perfect place.

But this village has a dark and dangerous history - and the ghosts of its past refuse to stay buried.

Five hundred years ago, eight Protestant martyrs were burnt at the stake. Thirty years ago, two girls disappeared without a trace. And two months ago, the last vicar committed suicide - but not before leaving a message for Jack.

Jack must uncover the truth, or risk sacrificing the village to the evils that lie within.

But the truth is hard to find, when everyone has something to hide. And as long-buried secrets of Jack's own resurface, faith alone will not save them...

The Author

C. J. Tudor lives with her partner and young daughter. Her love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.

Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author.

Her first novel, The Chalk Man, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold in thirty-nine territories.

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