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An unconventional vicar moves to a remote corner of the English countryside, only to discover a community haunted by death and disappearances both past and present--and intent on keeping its dark secrets--in this explosive, unsettling thriller from acclaimed author C. J. Tudor.

Welcome to Chapel Croft. Five hundred years ago, eight protestant martyrs were burned at the stak
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Hardcover, 333 pages
Published February 9th 2021 by Ballantine Books
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Bre That's the moment when the reader finds out Jack is a woman, when FLo calls out for her and calls her Mum (and challenges our assumptions that the pro…moreThat's the moment when the reader finds out Jack is a woman, when FLo calls out for her and calls her Mum (and challenges our assumptions that the protagonist is a man). And in that same scene there's an exchange with Aaron about him being surprised that she's the new vicar. It was a fun twist that challenged me as well because up until that point I assumed Jack was a man too. (less)
Neil Fulwood My hardback copy has the summary “Reverend Jack Brooks and teenage daughter Flo” (no pronoun). Where Flo is referred to as being 15 it’s when Jack tel…moreMy hardback copy has the summary “Reverend Jack Brooks and teenage daughter Flo” (no pronoun). Where Flo is referred to as being 15 it’s when Jack tells other people her age in dialogue, No spoilers, but let’s just say Jack is an unreliable narrator, (less)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nail bitingly irritating, soul crushingly blood freezing, terrifyingly heart throbbing. Horror, thriller, whodunnit murder mystery genres captivatingly blend each other. And final unexpected twist seals the deal: take my five billion stars and give me more magnificent books like this!

What an unputdownable, bumpy, jumpy ride!

A badass, smart, quick witted female vicar Jack and her artistically talented, loner, smart daughter Flo move into one of the eeriest, creepiest and most haunted place name
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MarilynW
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

What a horrifying title, especially because it's referring to two young girls being burned, after being tortured, all in the name of religion. This happened 500 years ago, when eight protestant martyrs were burned at the stake, in Chapel Croft. Now, Reverend Jack Brooks and her fifteen year old daughter are in Chapel Croft so that Jack can tend to the parish, after the last reverend hung himself. Although the location might have some slight resemblance to the TV s
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daph pink ♡
"The greatest gift the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." 


I am so happy to announce my first 5 star mystery-thriller of the year. This is exactly how a PERFECT atmospheric , engrossing, riveting, page turner, gripping , taut, unputdownable, nail-biter, well thought out ,pacy mystery thriller with plenty of creepy, spine-chilling moments is created. Some authors should take notes ( RS ) !

🔥 Plot

In short ⤵
ancient superstition + a decade old disappearance + some pr
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megs_bookrack
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
**4.5-stars rounded up**

After a scandal at her previous church leaves a child dead, unconventional vicar, Jack Brooks, and her teenage daughter, Flo, are relocated to the village of Chapel Croft.

This is quite a shift from their life in Nottingham, but they're determined to make the best of it. The location is peaceful, remote and feels a million miles from their old life.



Upon arrival, they are surprised by the untidy condition of the old chapel and their new residence, but they don't have much
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Melissa ~ Bantering Books
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I wrote my very first book review a year ago. And over the past 12 months, I have failed to find, from start to finish, a truly satisfying thriller. One that is tightly and expertly written, amazingly entertaining, and not overly ludicrous.

You see, that’s the problem I have with the genre. While the majority of thrillers are, in fact, thrilling, I find so many of them to be absurd, plot-holed, and nonsensical.

But such is not the case
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Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Deceptive

“Who says the devil has to be a man?”

The Burning Girls
is a creepy, atmospheric psychological thriller about an insular village with a dark past comprised of religious martyrs, missing girls, and exorcisms.


In response to a scandal, Vicar Jack Brooks and her 15-year-old daughter Flo move from urban Nottingham to a small village in the countryside. As the new Vicar of Chapel Croft, Jack does not find a warm welcome, to say the least. The village is filled with eccentric residents who a
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Oh this is a difficult review for me to write. I really enjoyed “The Chalkman” and “The Other People” but with this new book I think that Ms.Tudor has crossed that line between thriller and horror.

This was a bit of a shock to me. I’m fine with ghosts and supernatural elements. The burning girls I knew were trying to warn them of bad things that were going to happen. The descriptions and stories of the Sussex Martyrs’ from the 16th century were appalling but those were different times.

What felt s
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Maureen ( NOT RECEIVING NOTIFICATIONS)
City based Reverend, Jack Brooks, has been assigned a new posting in the little hamlet of Chapel Croft in Sussex. It’s a temporary posting, and not exactly a welcome one, especially for 15 year old daughter Flo. Flo definitely isn’t happy at finding herself at the back end of nowhere after living in the bustling city of Nottingham, especially as it means leaving all her friends behind.

Neither of them are happy actually, the chapel is a dump, and the house dilapidated, but serving the church has
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Debra
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"The greatest gift the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." - The Usual Suspects

This book started slowly for me, and I found myself wondering what all the hype was about, but as I kept reading, I quickly realized what all the hype was about. This book will slowly creep up on you, tap you on the shoulder, and grab your attention and give you the creeps all at the same time. So, what I am saying is, if this book begins slowly for you, hang in there because the proverbia
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Paromjit
CJ Tudor's latest offering is an atmospheric psychological thriller shot through with elements of horror and the supernatural, set in the Sussex hamlet of Chapel Croft, defined by its 500 year old history where 2 young girls, the burning girls, were amongst a group of burned martyrs, an event still commemorated with the burning of twig girls. 30 years ago, two 15 year old girls, Merry Lane and Joy Harris went missing, assumed to have run away. More recently, the Reverend Fletcher committed suici ...more
Ellie Spencer
Apr 23, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rounded down from roughly 4.5 stars ⭐️

The burning girls follows a vicar and their daughter, Flo, as they move to a new village. But there’s something dark and unusual going on here. The village is stuck in the past and has many secrets it is trying to protect. Are Jack and Flo safe here?

Wow, what a whirlwind of a book this one is! So much happened I’m still trying to unpick it all. It’s almost like reading multiple stories that have all been mashed together. I do like how they were all connecte
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JanB
Single mom Rev. Jack Brooks and her teenage daughter Flo move to a small village in the English countryside, where Jack will be the new Vicar. But it soon becomes clear Chapel Croft is far from the idyllic peaceful village they were expecting. The town’s inhabitants are a quirky bunch and don’t give them the warmest of welcomes.

The village has a dark history involving the Sussex martyrs who were burned at the stake, the unsolved disappearance of two young girls 30 years ago, and the unexpected d
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Kaceey
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I have been hit and miss with this author since day one. Her first two books left me cold and I thought we would be parting ways. But no so fast.....

I took a chance with her last book The other People since the reviews were amazing and I finally saw what all the fuss was about. It was amazing.

So with this latest release by C.J. Tudor’s I went in with a slight case of nerves. Not knowing which side I would fall on. And.... I loved it! I think it’s safe to say I am now on the C.J. Tudor bandwagon.
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Gabby
My favorite Book Troop pick so far! See our full discussion here: https://youtu.be/e94l95qq-jc ...more
CLUB GEMILL
Aug 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I am going to keep this review nice and short. I got to get to the next book. Yo!! This book was a Home Run! The twists and turns in this book were EPIC! The characters were out of this world! The ending alone deserves 10 STARS! Lol! This was one of the best reads of the year for me! They just don’t make books like this anymore. This book was just mind blowing! There is no doubt in my mind about that! It will go on my favorite book list! Do yourself a favor and read this book ASAP! 🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇
Ceecee
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘By the pricking of my thumbs
Something wicked this way comes’

It sure does. Reverend Jack Brooks and daughter Flo get a temporary posting to Chapel Croft in Sussex after some problems in the old parish in Nottingham. What unfolds will not only blow your socks off, it’ll ignite them too.

This is very well written, I like the lively (oh boy, is it’s lively!) and engaging style and the humour between Jack and Flo which demonstrates their close relationship. I love the film references too and that th
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Liz
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Mysteries are my favorite genre but it’s the rare mystery that I award five stars. That’s because very few dive deep and have me thinking about more than the whodunit. So, kudos to CJ Tudor for achieving exactly that.

Some books start with a slow boil. And others start with a bang. This one is in the latter camp. Reverend Jack Brooks is forced to change her assignment after something goes wrong in her inner city parish. She’s sent to a small parish in the country, whose last minister committed s
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Jayme
THE BURNING GIRLS STILL HAUNT THE CHAPEL...IF YOU SEE THEM, SOMETHING BAD WILL BEFALL YOU..

Reverend Jack Brooks is a Vicar with Vices, a wicked sense of humor, and a 15 year old daughter named Flo.

Transferred to Chapel Croft, on an interim basis, the two are greeted with replicas of the Burning girls-twig dolls made each year to commemorate the Sussex Martyrs-eight villagers burnt at the stake during Queen Mary’s purge of the Protestants (1553-8), which are set alight annually on the anniversary
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Holly  B

What started out as a rather s-l-o-w burn turned into a fast-paced, frantic conclusion!


Jack Brooks is not your ordinary vicar and Chapel Croft is not your ordinary small town! Flo is Jack's 14 year old daughter and they both were hoping for a peaceful transition to their new fresh start, but the strange past and hidden secrets of the village begin to haunt them almost immediately.

I found the beginning slow and hard to connect all the dots. There are a few secret POV's and confusing at first, but
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Beata
Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Quite a decent thriller with reference to historical events. Reverend Jack Brooks, a single parent of a teenage girl and a priest, is assigned a new post in a remote village of Chapel Croft. here she is forced to face her new parishiners and the past, the distant one and her own.
I admit this was the most attractive offering by the Author I have read so far although the plot itself was not that gripping. Some developments surprised me which should be a good sign but the point is that they were t
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ScrappyMags
The book is definitely 🔥

Shortest Summary Ever: There’s a new vicar in town bringing her teen daughter from the city to the sticks (Bwahaha pun points). 500 years ago some martyrs were burned and now the townspeople burn stick people annually (how quaint). Weird and horrible things happened to the last vicar and now Vicar Jack and teen daughter Flo are experiencing strange moments as well. The townspeople are secretive and quiet and Jack sets out to discover the story...no matter the consequence
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Susanne
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review published on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

Bewitching, Spooky, and Suspenseful!

Jack Brooks is the new Vicar in Chapel Croft. She and her daughter Flo are new in town. Unfortunately for them, Chapel Croft has a history, and the community itself isn’t exactly welcoming.

What is the town known for, you ask? Exorcisms; Burning Girls; Martyrs; Missing Girls; and Murder.

Not exactly homey, if I do say so myself.


Upon moving into the cottage next to the Chapel, both Jack and Flo
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ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Eh, it's alright.

There were soo many strong elements in here which I liked and wish we really got to explore, but ultimately we were kinda held back by some strange plot holes and stranger character choices that didn't really make any sense. Oh well. Still a strong thriller though, imo.

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3 STARS
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Frank Phillips
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Boy, do I LOVE C.J. Tudor books!! Since her debut, I've grown to trust that anything she releases is guaranteed to be worth purchasing and rereading down the line, so she's one of the few authors I have on my auto-buy list these days. That being said, I had read some rumblings about racial profiling in this book so I was actually a bit hesitant to give this one a chance, however I absolutely did not find or pick up on that at all while reading, thankfully. I simply enjoyed the combination of Hor ...more
Diane S ☔
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Jack is a woman Vicar, a widow with a young daughter. When she is sent to a remote village and it's church she encounters a place steeped in superstition and legend. The burning girls were considered martyrs from the time of Queen Mary's reign, but there is are more recent mysteries that have never been solved.

Atmospheric and creepy, though not graphic. Tudor has become an author that I depend on for these twisty tales. Twisty this one is, there is much going on and the pages fly. The past meets
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Michelle
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
C.J. Tudor has really made a name for herself over these last few years and I am so genuinely happy for her.

BUT, her books never seem to wow me as they do others. There isn't anything inherently wrong with this book I just found it a little ... boring.

I really like Jack and Flo as characters. My biggest reservation with reading this one was that I was afraid that the religion aspect would be front and center and I am happy to say that it isn't. While she is a vicar and there is a church setting
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*TUDOR^QUEEN* (on hiatus)
4 Stars

C.J. Tudor has become a favorite author of mine when I'm in the mood for a creepy, unsettling read. Her debut The Chalk Man is still my absolute favorite so far, but this one settles in cozily at second place.

Female vicar Jack Brooks accepts a temporary post in Chapel Croft, a small, rural British farming town. Its claim to fame is a gruesome one. During the short reign of Catholic "Bloody Mary" (eldest daughter of King Henry VIII), there were burnings of religious heretics. Some of thes
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Misty Marie Harms
Welcome to Chapel Croft where they used to burn witches and dead bodies are popping up all over town. If that isn't enough to jimmy your horror britches, there are weird twig dolls, hidden crypts, and burning girl ghosts....one without a head. The characters fit perfectly into the story. The twists kept coming all the way to the end. Recommend. ...more
Meisha (ALittleReader)
I generally try to think of pros and cons to a book to give future readers an understanding of what the book contains and whether or not it's something they want to take on. But after a few days of mulling it over, I can't really think of any negative critiques!
The only thing I could come up with is that there is a lot of talk of religion in this. It plays a huge role in the book and that may be off putting to some people. However, aside from some small parts of it that could have been removed,
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Phrynne
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I guess you would have to describe this one as a thrilling, horrific mystery. It certainly does not belong to just one genre. There is even a bit of the paranormal in there for good measure. I loved it all.

I knew it was going to be good when the author tricked me right at the start, making me assume that the Reverend Jack Brooks was a single father. She then continued to deliberately mislead the reader in many ways right up to the final disclosure. I must admit that I had figured out the big rev
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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.

In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatc
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