Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…
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 . . .
Well, C.J. Tudor has done it again! What a fantastic story The Burning Girls is!
In this story we meet Jack and daughter, Flo. Newly arrived in Chapel Croft and looking for a new start. However things aren’t going to be that simple. Before long there are strange occurrences that can’t quite be explained and dark secrets look set to be exposed in this close-knit community.
The characters in this book had me enthralled from start to finish. Although let’s be honest C.J. Tudor accomplishes this in all of her books. Jack is not your ordinary, run of the mill vicar and I loved that. Then add in the relationship with daughter, Flo and I enjoyed every interaction between this duo. Even the minor characters brought something to this story whether it be a menacing presence or a mysterious edge.
I do love a dark story with an eerie touch and The Burning Girls captured that essence perfectly. With a solid, twisty plot and a hint of the paranormal. It just worked so well! I have to mention that I do love a cold case. So the mystery surrounding the two missing teenagers from 30 years ago also easily grabbed my attention. The past and present collide spectacularly in this book with a creepiness that increased throughout. The location itself added an eerie atmosphere especially with its ominous past.
The Burning Girls is full of surprises and at its heart is a mystery that held such intrigue. With every turn of the page all the little details came together to create those all important twists. Some that caught me a little off guard and some that hit like a ton of bricks when everything became shockingly clear.
The Burning Girls really is a brilliantly crafted story. One that had me questioning everything. Dark and twisty. I loved it!