THE BURNING GIRLS By C.J.Tudor @cjtudor @MichaelJBooks #bookblogtour

Welcome to my spot on the blogtour for #TheBurningGirls

SYNOPSIS

500 years ago; eight martyrs were burnt to death. 30 years ago; two teenagers vanished without a 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 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….

MY REVIEW

This is a gripping read from start to finish, with multiple twists and turns throughout. I found myself trying to guess which way this story was going to go but certainly didn’t see that end coming.

Rev. Jack (Jackie) Brooks is trying to make a fresh start for herself and her daughter Flo in the close knit community of Chapel Croft. Why does the Rev. Jack need a fresh start? What happened to the previous Reverend at Chapel Croft? Jack was working in Nottingham one minute now she is in Chapel Croft a place in the middle of nowhere, Flo is not happy that she has had to leave all her friends behind. Does Jack have secrets of her own that she wants no one to find out?

With Twig dolls being left, along with other things Jack is trying to find out what happened in Chapel Croft, not just recently, but thirty years earlier when two young girls had gone missing, presumed to have run away. But had they? Or was it not as simple as that? It seems that was the conclusion of the police investigation.

When her 15 year old daughter starts seeing local boy Lucas ‘Wriggly’ Wrigley nicknamed that because of his odd involuntary spasms, caused by what he says is dystonia, Jack is not exactly happy, there is just something she doesn’t like, but then would she like her daughter seeing any boys? She knows she has to give her daughter space and at times the atmosphere between them is so strained and tested to the max. There is that fine line between protecting and smothering, but what is Jack afraid of?

When Flo says she’s seen a burning girl Jack is even less happy as rumour has it if you see the burning girls it means trouble is heading your way. Then Flo has a few minor accidents is that just a coincidence? Jack knows that her daughter is hiding some things from her. But having had a difficult childhood herself she wants her daughter to be safe and happy.

Who is the stranger heading towards Chapel Croft? Who is he going to see?

This is a completely engrossing read, with lots of characters that you just don’t know if you can trust or not. Many secrets have been hidden over the years and Jack is determined to find out what some of those secrets are, even though it is clear someone has a problem with that. There are so many strands coming off this story it is difficult to guess who is behind the things that are happening. At times spine chilling, tense, creepy, mixed with some local folklore.

An absolute definite 5⭐️ read, that will grip you, at times it’s very creepy, with some horror thrown in with the suspense.

ABOUT 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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