The Burning Girls: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 9, 2021 - Fiction - 352 pages
An unconventional vicar must exorcise the dark past of a remote village haunted by death and disappearances in this explosive and unsettling thriller from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man.

A dark history lingers in Chapel Croft. Five hundred years ago, Protestant martyrs were betrayed—then burned. Thirty years ago, two teenage girls disappeared without a trace. And a few weeks ago, the vicar of the local parish hanged himself in the nave of the church.

Reverend Jack Brooks, a single parent with a fourteen-year-old daughter and a heavy conscience, arrives in the village hoping for a fresh start. Instead, Jack finds a town rife with conspiracies and secrets, and is greeted with a strange welcome package: an exorcism kit and a note that warns, “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known.”

The more Jack and daughter, Flo, explore the town and get to know its strange denizens, the deeper they are drawn into the age-old rifts, mysteries, and suspicions. And when Flo begins to see specters of girls ablaze, it becomes apparent there are ghosts here that refuse to be laid to rest.

Uncovering the truth can be deadly in a village with a bloody past, where everyone has something to hide and no one trusts an outsider.
 

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User Review  - Beamis12 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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Rev Jack Brooks and daughter Flo go to live in Chapel Croft. Like all small villages Chapel Croft has its tight knit community, superstitions and traditions and also it's secrets. I was really looking ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter Twentythree
Cover
Dedication
Chapter Twentyfive
Chapter Twentyeight
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2021)

C. J. Tudor is the author of The Hiding Place and The Chalk Man, which won the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel and the Strand Magazine Award for Best Debut Novel. Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voice-over artist, and dog walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn't miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much. She lives in England with her partner and daughter.

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