Are you ready to embark on the spookiest ride of your life? C.J. Tudor’s newest mesmerising thriller, The Burning Girls, has been released today in the US in hardback (Penguin Random House / Ballantine).
It’s been an exciting countdown, starting with this atmospheric trailer…
Tudor first captured the attention of the world with her Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling novel, The Chalk Man, which sold in over forty territories and is set to be adapted in a BBC drama. Since then, Tudor has gone from strength to strength, with her second novel, The Taking of Annie Thorne and subsequent thriller The Other People also hitting the Sunday Time bestseller list.
Tudor’s highly anticipated fourth novel, The Burning Girls, has received a deluge of press attention. It received a starred Booklist review, with Carmen Clark commenting ‘Gruesome and haunting, The Burning Girls is worth every page turn. Readers will surely be eager for more.’ The New York Post included it in their round up of ‘best new novels of winter 2021‘, Den of Geek listed it as one of the ‘top new horror books in February 2021‘, and PopSugar said it was ‘sure to keep you inside this February‘. Publishers Weekly also gave the novel high praise, noting that ‘Tudor expertly doles out the plot twists … one so shocking that it turns the entire story inside out. Jack, Flo, and other fully realized characters and their eventual fates won’t be easily forgotten by any reader.’
Tudor’s writing has also received incredible reviews:
‘[C. J. Tudor] steadily cranks up the scares and the suspense while smoothly toggling between multiple narratives. . . . Jack and Flo share a strong bond, one they’ll need in order to face what’s coming, and readers will savor the fi nal, breathless twists. Top-notch and deliciously creepy storytelling.’ —Kirkus Reviews
‘Tudor is terrific. I can’t wait to see what she does next.’ —Harlan Coben
‘Want to read something good?. . . If you like my stuff, you’ll like [The Chalk Man].’ —Stephen King
‘Some writers have it, and some don’t. Tudor has it big-time.’ —Lee Child
‘Tudor is always several steps ahead. She is a brilliant storyteller.’ —Alex Michaelides, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient
‘Tudor is the queen of the cliffhanger.’ —John Marrs, international bestselling author of The Passengers
‘Tudor has proven that she is a true master at creating perfectly dark, highly propulsive, and tightly coiled mysteries that are utterly impossible to put down.’ —Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother
‘If you like Tana French, you will love, love, love C. J. Tudor.’ —Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger
We can’t wait for you to step inside the village of Chapel Croft…
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 fourteen-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.
We are beyond thrilled for C.J. Tudor on this very exciting publication day. And if you haven’t bought your copy yet, you can do so here.