I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor on my blog today. With thanks to Gaby Young from Michael Joseph for inviting me to take part.
500 years ago: eight martyrs were burnt to death
30 years ago: two teenagers vanished without trace
Two months ago: the vicar committed suicide
Welcome to Chapel Croft.
For Rev Jack Brooks and teenage daughter Flo it’s supposed to be a fresh start. New job, new home. But, as Jack knows, the past isn’t easily forgotten.
And in a close-knit community where the residents seem as proud as they are haunted by Chapel Croft’s history, Jack must tread carefully. Ancient superstitions as well as a mistrust of outsiders will be hard to overcome.
Yet right away Jack has more frightening concerns.
Why is Flo plagued by visions of burning girls?
Who’s sending them sinister, threatening messages?
And why did no one mention that the last vicar killed himself?
Chapel Croft’s secrets lie deep and dark as the tomb. Jack wouldn’t touch them if not for Flo – anything to protect Flo.
But the past is catching up with Chapel Croft – and with Jack. For old ghosts with scores to settle will never rest . . .
I’m a huge fan of C.J. Tudor’s writing and her latest novel, The Burning Girls, is another deliciously dark and creepy read. I really enjoyed C.J. Tudor’s last book, The Other People, so I jumped to at the chance to read her next book. It did not disappoint; I read it in just a couple of sittings. C.J. Tudor writes horror really well, and the dark tales she weaves into The Burning Girls are really chilling. If you’re a fan of C.J. Tudor, then you are in for a treat. C.J. Tudor has fast become an auto-buy author for me. I don’t even have to look at the blurb before I buy it.
I loved Jack, the main character in this book. Jack is a vicar, and she leaves her old Parish under something of a cloud, which instantly made me interested in her. When she arrives at the new village, Chapel Close, with her teenage daughter, Flo, right away the creepy vibes set in. There are stories of the burning girls, Protestant martyrs who were burned outside the church during the reign of Mary I of England. Decades earlier, two young girls also disappeared. The girls were never found, and their fates remain a mystery. But that isn’t all. The priest who preceded Jack died. It was concluded that he committed suicide, but the circumstances surrounding his death are very suspicious.
One of the things I really liked about this book was the relationship between Jack and Flo. They are very close to each other. After they first arrive, Flo makes friends with a young boy, Wriggly, who has been targeted by bullies for years. It isn’t long before Flo too finds herself at the mercy of the teenagers who have bullied Wriggly. They are some nasty individuals who will make your skin crawl.
As Jack and Flo become acquainted with their new home, they make some disturbing discoveries revealing long buried secrets. We also begin to understand just what went on in Jack’s last Parish, and we find out why she had to leave.
The Burning Girls is a really addictive read. The writing is taut, and it is chilling from the start right the way through to the end. There are some jaw-dropping twists in this book which I didn’t see coming. You need to add this book to your to be read pile. I have no doubt that this will be an instant bestseller. I can’t wait to read what C.J. Tudor writes next.
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication date: 21st January 2021
Print length: 400 pages
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