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The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor

By Pamelascott

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 . . .



(Michael Joseph, 21 February 2019, hardback, 352 pages, borrowed from North Ayrshire Libraries)



I've become a fan of the author recently and really enjoyed the TV adaptation of The Burning Girls when I saw it recently on Paramount +. I decided to take a read of the book. The adaptation is pretty close to the book. I don't remember every detail of the TV series so it was worth reading the book. I enjoyed the short chapters which made the book a gripping, fast-paced read. I also liked the flashbacks to Joy and Merry's disappearance and the chapters which focused on a sinister man, recently released from prison tracking Jack down. This is a gripping read packed with twists and turns.


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