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.
The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor
Part thriller, part horrifically ominous in its feel, C.J Tudor once again creates a magnetic, jagged tale that is nearly impossible to put down. THE BURNING GIRLS is raw, dark and gritty and it all takes place in the remote English countryside where young girls have been dying for centuries and no one who knows will admit why. Is the devil at work or has an over-zealous community allowed those of faith to become demons of death, themselves?
C.J. Tudor pulls no punches in creating an atmosphere of darkness and characters with a dark side to them all. Often hard to read, yet always strangely magnetic, once again, this author boldly tosses out the rule books and writes from the gut!
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Ballantine Books! This is my honest and voluntary review.