The Burning Girls, C. J. Tudor

The Burning Girls opening lines: What kind of man am I? It was a question he had asked himself a lot lately. I am a man of G-d. I am His servant.

The Burning Girls

My blurb:

Flo is really all that Jack cares about. Moving to be the new Reverend of Chapel Croft comes with a whole lot of issues. Central to everything is the burning girls. These twig dolls have been made and set alight since the mid 1500’s. But Jack’s presence is about to unravel the history of the martyrs. And at a great cost to all involved.

The Burning Girls
Reverend Jack Brooks is looking for a fresh start.
Chapel Croft appears the perfect place, but the village has a dark and dangerous history – and the ghosts of its past refuse to stay buried.
Decades ago, two girls disappeared. And just months ago, the last vicar committed suicide – but not before leaving a message for Jack.
Jack must uncover the truth, or risk sacrificing the village to the evils that lie within.
But the truth is hard to find, when everyone has something to hide. And as long buried secrets of Jack’s own resurface, faith alone will not save them…
My verdict:

I absolutely love the darkness of C.J. Tudor’s writing. Not usually a genre I would choose, her books are fantastic reads with endings that surprise. Add this one to your list of must reads for 2021.

About the author:

C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter.

She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.

She’s been writing since she was a child but only knuckled down to it properly in her thirties. Her English teacher once told her that if she ‘did not become Prime Minister or a best-selling author’ he would be ‘very disappointed.’

Publishing information:
ISBN 9780241371312
Format Trade Paperback
Published March 2021

Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.

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