The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor | Book Review

In a desperate attempt to salvage my Netgalley percentage rating before the year is out, I’ve been reading a lot of ARCS and eBooks lately. Before lockdown and my discovery of the fantasy genre, my most read genre of books was definitely the psychological thriller genre – and it’s fair to say that I still absolutely adore the genre as a whole. Over the last few years, I’ve been involved in a good number of book tours for thrillers – in particular a couple by C. J. Tudor; The Chalk Man and The Taking of Annie Thorne. I adored both of these books so was very happy to see that her newest book, The Burning Girls was available to request on Netgalley. I’m auto-approved for Penguin Michael Joseph books so I simply downloaded to my Kindle and got stuck in.

The Burning Girls by C J Tudor

The Burning Girls by C. J. Tudor Book Review

The Burning Girls follow Reverand Jack Brooks and her daughter Flo after they move from their home in Nottingham to a small village in a very close knit community. Taking the role of vicar within their parish, Jack is quickly aware of the tradition and superstition attached to certain dealings within the village – she is blatantly aware that she’s going to have to be careful and of course, just like anyone, she has her own skeletons in the closet. Years and years ago, residents of the town were burnt at the stake and remain integral figures that are celebrated each year. When Jack and her daughter start to discover weird goings on, they can’t be sure what to think. 30 years ago, 2 young girls disappeared without a trace and just two months ago, the vicar she is replacing unexpectedly committed suicide. With so much going on, Jack and Flo unravel the mysteries that the village holds and come face to face with a terror they could never have anticipated…

I absolutely adored this story – not only was it incredibly fast-paced, the characters were immensely likeable from the offset. With so many thrillers released each year, it’s really improtant that I’m hooked from the word go – and that was definitely the case here. I loved Jack and Flo in equal measure, although I wasn’t too fond of some of the neighbours that we’re introduced to – that’s definitely what was supposed to happen though as they’re definitely not likeable or moral characters. I found myself doubting every person that we were introduced to and nothing about the climax of the story was predictable at all – some of the run ups to the end were guessable, but the final ~twist~ as it was was something I could never have predicted. I finished the book in a single sitting – which isn’t unusual of me when I’m really into a book, but with my endless fantasy books with their hundreds and hundreds of pages, isn’t something that happens all that often at the moment! I highly recommend this book to lovers of C. J. Tudor herself, C.L. Taylor and other popular thriller writers!

A must read this year and next. 

This book was kindly provided to me for review free of charge by Penguin Michael Joseph, however, as always my opinions remain my own.

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