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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 . . .

Praise for C. J. Tudor:

'C. J. Tudor is terrific. I can't wait to see what she does next' Harlan Coben

'Her books have the ability to simultaneously make you unable to stop reading while wishing you could bury the book somewhere deep underground where it can't be found. Compelling and haunting' Sunday Express

'Some writers have it, and some don't. C. J. Tudor has it big time' Lee Child

'A dark star is born' A. J. Finn

AUTHOR: C. J. Tudor's 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 novels, The Chalk Man and The Taking of Annie Thorne, were Sunday Times bestsellers and have sold in over forty countries.

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  • 4
    An excellent and atmospheric thriller!

    Posted by Eloise Spencer on 23rd Apr 2022

    Rounded down from around 4.5 stars ⭐️

    The burning girls follows a vicar and their daughter, Flo, as they move to a new village. But there’s something dark and unusual going on here. The village is stuck in the past and has many secrets it is trying to protect. Are Jack and Flo safe here?

    Wow, what a whirlwind of a book this one is! So much happened I’m still trying to unpick it all. It’s almost like reading multiple stories that have all been mashed together. I do like how they were all connected but it is hard for my brain to accept that it is all the same story. I loved the fast pace and short chapters. My main criticism is that I was able to guess some of the twists. This happens a lot to me, as an avid thriller reader, but luckily I was still surprised by some of the twists that happened! I also feel that the epilogue didn’t quite give the punchy finish I was craving.

    That being said, I absolutely adored the atmosphere in this book. It reminded me of a wicker man/high school bully mash up! I almost felt like I was in a horror film that also involved a teenage high school. This book does touch on some very dark issues so please be cautious of possible triggers if you want to pick it up. I was almost left wanting more, I want to return to some of the characters and explore their lives and relationships more. The first thing I did when I put this book down was try to get my hands on all of CJ Tudor books!

    I would recommend this book to any thriller fans! But please be cautious of possible triggers.

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