A massive thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for a free e-ark in exchange for an honest review.
I’d read Chalk Man from CJ Tudor last year and, although I don’t remember much about the plot, I do remember enjoying it, which is what made me request The Burning Girls. I also like history and hadn’t previously known a lot about Queen Mary and her purge of protestants so I found it interesting from that perspective and it’s made me want to find out more.
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.
The characters were all well thought out and you end up suspecting everyone at some point or another. I really liked how Jack was presented as not just focused on religion but as a mother as well. It made her easier to connect with.
One warning, I’m a bit of a wimp and, even though this is a thriller rather than a horror, some of the descriptions and the tension really creeped me out. So if you’re a wimp like me maybe don’t read it when you’re alone in the house! But it was this tension that made me want to keep reading and find out what on earth was going on.
I might just be rubbish at guessing who’s guilty but I continued to be surprised throughout this story, I won’t say what in particular as I don’t want to give away any spoilers.
Altogether, I’d definitely recommend this book if you want something fast paced, full of tension and don’t scare easily! However, I don’t think it’s one I’d read again as I already know what happens so won’t feel the same tension again.
The Burning Girls was released January 21st 2021 so you can get yourself a copy now!