Kindle Edition, 500 pages

Expected publication: January 26th 2021 by Ballantine Books

A 5 star read

My summary: 

Reverend Jack Brooks is transferred to a chapel in a small town after an incident with a little girl in her previous church. Her teenage daughter Flo is not happy about this move, but knows how difficult life has been for her single mother.

Right after their arrival to their new home things start getting weird, with a bloody child showing up at the chapel, the parishioners are behaving oddly and mysterious offerings are being left for Jack. This might not be the sleepy little village Jack was hoping for after all and the past may be trying to catch up with her faster than she’d like to. 

My review:

C.J. Tudor is an extremely talented female author, as she has shown us in her previously published novels already. In the same manner, The Burning Girls certainly does not disappoint. It is a literal page turner, that has more twists than a roller coaster. I often find myself already knowing what will happen in mystery books, but in this case I was absolutely clueless all the way to the end.

I was a bit hesitant about the main character being a reverend at first. I’m not a religious person, and I don’t enjoy overly religious books either. But in this case Tudor did a superb job keeping it subtle, and when religious points arose, she handled it amazingly well. She actually handled it so well that she has now become an auto-read author for me! 

Thanks to Ballantine Books and Netgalley for the review copy. 

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