Welcome to Chapel Croft. A place with a dark past and an even more dangerous present.
500 years ago: eight martyrs were burnt to death
30 years ago: two teenagers vanished without trace
2 months ago: the vicar committed suicide
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 close-knit community where the residents seem as proud as they are haunted by Chapel Croft’s history, Jack must tread carefully. But the past is catching up with Chapel Croft – and with Jack. For old ghosts with scores to settle will never rest…
Huge thanks to Gaby Young at Michael Joseph for inviting me to be involved with the blog tour for The Burning Girls and sending me a proof copy of the book.
I’ve been a fan of C J Tudor’s writing since The Chalk Man (reviewed here) so it was with no hesitation that I agreed to be involved in this blog tour and let me tell you, this book does not disappoint. Indeed I would tentatively suggest this is my favourite book of hers, and for those who have read and enjoyed her books you will know, that is a very high bar!
Chapel Croft; steeped in history, a small town with some sinister goings on. Disgraced Vicar, Reverend Jack Brooks finds herself placed there following a scandal in her previous inner city parish. With her teenage daughter in tow the pair are not welcomed with open arms by the local community and as they learn more about the recent history and the departure of the previous vicar things definitely start to take on a more sinister vibe.
Guys, this book was creepy, several times lying in bed at night reading, the tension was tangible, my heart rate increased and I had proper spooks. And I loved that, as someone who doesn’t read horror per se, this book ticked those boxes while maintaining an authentic, entertaining and very comprehensive storyline.
The small town meant the history of the community was connected, some of the village folk remembered the missing girls from 30 years ago, some were friendly with the previous vicar and they all had history with each other. Reverend Jack Brooks had her own interesting back story which added a whole other layer and the creepy derelict house – a magnetic to bored children, combined with a bullying element made for a gripping, tense and thrilling read. Just Perfect and very highly recommend.
About the Author
C J Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, and has recently moved to Kent 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.
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