The Burning Girls

It’s no secret that C.J. Tudor has quickly become one of my auto-buy authors. So when this turned up in my Netgalley account, with no notice, and a week before the publication date; you know I dropped all my other reading plans to jump into this story!

I first read C.J. Tudor back in 2018 with The Chalkman. I was immediately hooked on her mix of slight paranormal mixed with a little horror and lots of suspense. It’s honestly my favorite combination when it comes to thriller books and while I’m a chicken when it comes to Movies & TV, the scarier the better when it comes to books. Tudor’s book really deliver for me in this aspect, and personally I think that The Burning Girls is my new favorite!

Reverend Jack Brooks, is use to be underestimated for being a women in a ‘man’s’ job. She’s also knows that small towns, such as Chapel Croft where she has just been relocated to, are filled with superstition. With her teenage daughter, Florence in tow, Brook’s almost immediately knows something sinister is going on in their new village.

During the persecution of Protestant’s, Chapel Croft was home to one of the most notable Protestant burnings. Two girls burned during this event are known to appear to people when to warn them of danger coming their way. The same way they have appeared to both Jack and her daughter within days of arriving at Chapel Croft. Has danger already found the pair or have they stumbled upon something new and sinister.

Told in two timelines and through the eyes of multiple character’s, if you don’t enjoy multiple POVs than this book won’t be for you. But if you are like me and love the added layers of distinct voices and experience than you’ll love this book.

With some Blair witchy vibes and toeing the line between horror and thriller, C.J. Tudor’s newest book is my new favorite from her. This story is all over the place, in a good way. The sheer amount of twists will keep you guessing pretty much the entire way throughout the book and leave you completely speechless at the end.


The Burning Girls comes out February 9, 2021.  Huge thank you to Ballentine Books, Random House Publishing, and Netgalley for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.  If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof_books.


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