Sunday, March 7, 2021

My Thoughts on: The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor


                      The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

Publication Date: February 9, 2021 by Ballantine Books

Genre: Adult Mystery/Thriller 

Source: ARC from the publisher via NetGalley*

*An eARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

Welcome to Chapel Croft. Five hundred years ago, eight protestant martyrs were burned at the stake here. Thirty years ago, two teenage girls disappeared without a trace. And two months ago, the vicar of the local parish killed himself. 

Reverend Jack Brooks, a single parent with a fourteen-year-old daughter and a heavy conscience, arrives in the village hoping to make a fresh start and find some peace. Instead, Jack finds a town mired in secrecy and a strange welcome package: an old exorcism kit and a note quoting scripture. “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known.” 

The more Jack and daughter Flo get acquainted with the town and its strange denizens, the deeper they are drawn into their rifts, mysteries, and suspicions. And when Flo is troubled by strange sightings in the old chapel, it becomes apparent that there are ghosts here that refuse to be laid to rest. But uncovering the truth can be deadly in a village where everyone has something to protect, everyone has links with the village’s bloody past, and no one trusts an outsider.

This is the 3rd book that I’ve read by C.J. Tudor and I really enjoy her writing. She knows how to weave a good mystery/thriller and she has quickly become one of my favorite authors. 

I knew I had to read her latest thriller, The Burning Girls, when I read the synopsis and saw the awesome cover. I never read a story where the main character was a female vicar, and it was interesting to read from that perspective. I really liked the relationship between the mother, Jack, and her daughter, Flo. They had a strong mother-daughter bond that really enhanced the story. I also loved the creepy small village setting and the chilling atmosphere in this book.

I enjoyed trying to figure out the mysteries throughout this story. There were so many twists and turns, and surprises. Who are the burning girls? What happened to the two missing girls years ago? Why is every person in this small village so strange and secretive???

This story was unpredictable, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. It also had some paranormal aspects that I really enjoyed. I was fully immersed in this book from the beginning. I definitely recommend reading this one, especially if you love a good mystery/thriller! I look forward to reading this author’s next book. I’m sure it will not disappoint.

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