Morning my lovelies.  I’m am so excited to be on this blog tour today!!  I’ve got a review for you of the fabulous The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor; this absolutely gripping twisty thriller of a horror will creep you out and stay with you once you’ve finished……

about the burning girls

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 . . .

Publisher: Michael Joseph (21st January 2021)

Formats: Hardback, Paperback, Audiobook & eBook

Purchase Links: Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

my thoughts

This is absolutely brilliant, full of the best twists and turns I literally didn’t want to put this down!

When Rev Jack Brooks moves to a quiet little village in Surrey with Flo, they’re expecting a boring, quiet life.  Flo has left everything behind and isn’t looking forward to this fresh start.  But they’re in for a shock….

With the village having a tragic and dark history, and with one of those tragedies taking place only a couple of months ago, there is a lot to be discovered about the quiet village.  Jack is determined not to get involved in any mysteries, especially after things that have happened in the past, but the inevitable happens, and Jack is sucked in.  But when Flo starts seeing things and Jack starts receiving strange, cryptic and threatening messages, more of the history of the village unravels and Jack can’t help but start digging.  But….. Jack has skeletons in the closet, as do some of the residents and the time for them to be discovered is near……

I have so much praise for this book! First up the characters which were all brilliant.  There are so many people in this who I was suspicious of, who I thought had things to hide and who would turn out to be something they weren’t, and half the time I couldn’t have been further from the truth!  Each character made an impression on me in some way and I loved it.  Jack is a fantastic protagonist and Flo is an awesome and strong teenager – both of whom I adored.

The setting is quiet and creepy.  The house they move to is creepy, the church is creepy, the locals are creepy……you get my drift!  I was always a little on edge reading this as I never knew what was around the corner!  C. J. Tudor appears to be the master of atmosphere – sucking you in to what feels like a real life creepy horror story.

I absolutely love the writing style.  It’s easy to read, flows beautifully and made me laugh on so many occasions (even when I had the creeps!).  The characters are written in such a way that they come across like real, every day people and I loved that.

The plot is fantastic.  There are so many wonderful and surprising twists in this that it will keep you on your toes for sure!  This was one of those book that I didn’t want to put down (damn sleep, uni and housework!) and would absolutely read again.

So, if you are looking for an absolutely fantastic story that will creep you out, give you a wonderful dose of horror, fantastic characters, twists galore and have you perched on the edge of your seat then this, my friends, is for you!!  Highly recommended by me.

rating

 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

Where to find C. J. Tudor online: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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Thank you to Michael Joseph for inviting me on to the tour, and also to the author & NetGalley for my copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Have a wonderful day all!

Chelle x

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