The Burning Girls by CJ Tudor

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 . . .

My Review

My first review of the year and what a hell of a book to start the year off with!

For me this has got to be her best book to date! I loved her previous books and am a massive fan and with this new book, The Burning Girls, CJ Tudor has just sky rocketed herself towards the top of my all time favourite authors.

Part thriller, part mystery, part horror, this book transcends multiple genres that all combined create a unputdownable masterclass in writing!

A complex, dark subject matter with a supernatural folklore tale with a unique spin that only Tudor can accomplish creating a book that is engrossing as well as at the same time chilling enough to want to put down and sleep with the lights on!

The book blurb gives you all you need to know going into this book and I would hate to say to much to take away the plot twists and turns for anyone that hasn’t had the pleasure of reading this book yet so I will leave you with just the book description and my views on the book and let you discover the rest for yourselves.

I had the honour of reading an early edition of this book but even so as soon as it was published on 21 Jan 2021 I re-read it plus I also purchased the audiobook and listening to it was just as creepy and even though I knew what was coming, it still didn’t take anything away from the plot twists. They were just as good the second and third time around!

There are not many books that I read more than once, but this book I have now read twice, plus listened to the audiobook version and I have no hesitations in recommending either formats. So if you haven’t read this yet, what are you waiting for? This is one book not to be missed. Even if you are not a horror fan this is still a must read as it is a multi genre book that has something for everyone!

The Burning Girls was published on 21 Jan and you can grab a copy now. Waterstones are even selling signed editions! (Yes I purchased one 😂) as well as the audiobook! Or use the link below to the kindle edition so you can get reading straight away!

A massive thank you to the author CJ Tudor, publishers Penguin Michael Joseph UK, and NetGalley for my copy of this fantastic book in exchange for an honest and independent review.


  1. I have not long read The Chalk Man which I loved, so I am super excited to read this one! This is such a great review as well, especially when you’re trying super hard to not give anything away but also write a review haha


    • Thank you 😁
      It wasn’t easy to review without spoiling it for anyone!
      If you enjoyed The Chalk Man then you are going to absolutely love this one. It really is her best book to date.
      Let me know how you get on with it xx


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