Dust jacket illustration by Jeffrey Alan Love.
About the Book:
The seemingly picturesque small town of Chapel Croft holds a dark history, filled with secrets. Some are old--the Sussex Martyrs, villagers burned at the stake in the 1500s, including two young girls said to still haunt the chapel. Doll-like effigies made of twigs are burnt each year in their remembrance. Then there are two teenage best friends who went missing decades ago, never to be found, Merry and Joy. And, most recently, the suicide of the vicar inside the church.
It’s that most recent tragedy that brings Reverend Jack Brooks and her teenage daughter Flo to Chapel Croft. Assigned as the new town vicar, Jack has her own secrets, and if she’d hoped to escape them here, she quickly learns that won’t be easy. She’s met by a young girl covered in blood and a suspicious, judgmental community. Flo receives an uneasy welcome of her own, making a single friend, a boy who is the target of the town bullies. In Chapel Croft, secrets have a way of coming to light in a blaze that may burn them all.
Acclaimed author C.J. Tudor’s fourth novel, The Burning Girls, may be her most masterful yet. In her gripping exploration of trauma and truth, she unveils revelations about humanity that are both surprising and profound.
Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase
Limited: 300 signed numbered hardcover copies
From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):
“Rarely have the secrets of an English village been used to greater effect than in this tautly suspenseful mystery from Thriller Award–winner Tudor (The Other People)… Tudor expertly doles out the plot twists, some of them small, some sizable, and one so shocking that it turns the entire story inside out. Jack, Flo, and the other fully realized characters and their eventual fates won’t be easily forgotten by any reader.”
From Booklist (Starred Review):
“Gruesome and haunting, The Burning Girls is worth every page turn. Readers will be eager for more.”
- Jeffrey Alan Love
- C. J. Tudor
- 408 pages
- United States
- In Print