The Burning Girls Book Review

The Burning Girls

A Novel

By: C. J. Tudor

Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine

Ballantine Books

Mystery & Thrillers

Publish Date 9 February 2021


100 Book ReviewsProfessional Reader

I would like to thank both NetGalley and Random House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book. Sorry it has taken me so long to do so.

Good Reads Synopsis:

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 14-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.


I gave this book 3 stars. I haven’t had any luck with reading her books. This book is actually my favorite of all of them.

This is book has a lot of religionists undertones in it. This came as a surprise for me. Not that I didn’t like it just really wasn’t expecting it. This is a dual timeline story. The bad part is that the chapter headings don’t tell you which timeline you are in, which made it a little hard to get into.

There is mystery present and past which you are trying to solve and wonder if they are connect in any way. The current paster is a single mom who has a fourteen-year-old daughter. As this daughter goes explorer the new to her town, she is seeing girls that are burning. She doesn’t understand this, and it is scaring her. Unbeknownst to the two new to the town people there is a history behind this, and it isn’t good. What is the meaning of the burning girls? What is the town’s history? You will have to read the book and find out.

Published by debbierpayne

Mother of six and Grandmother of 7. I enjoy reading, sewing, cooking, and crocheting. I am an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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