ABOUT THE BOOK
500 years ago: eight martyrs were burnt to death
30 years ago: two teenagers vanished without trace
Two months ago: the vicar committed suicide
Welcome to Chapel Croft.
For Rev Jack Brooks and teenage daughter Flo it’s supposed to be a fresh start. New job, new home. But, as Jack knows, the past isn’t easily forgotten.
And in a close-knit community where the residents seem as proud as they are haunted by Chapel Croft’s history, Jack must tread carefully. Ancient superstitions as well as a mistrust of outsiders will be hard to overcome.
Yet right away Jack has more frightening concerns.
Why is Flo plagued by visions of burning girls?
Who’s sending them sinister, threatening messages?
And why did no one mention that the last vicar killed himself?
Chapel Croft’s secrets lie deep and dark as the tomb. Jack wouldn’t touch them if not for Flo – anything to protect Flo.
But the past is catching up with Chapel Croft – and with Jack. For old ghosts with scores to settle will never rest . . .
I have been shocked, horrified and numb after reading this author’s books before but the characters in this one just crept beneath my skin and still came back to make me shudder long after it came to an end. The scandal of Rev Jack Brooks, being involved in the death of a young girl in the parish was enough to get her, and her daughter Flo moved on to not so greener pastures, far away.
Chapel Croft seemed quaint at first glance, but it had an unsettling history going back 500 years centring around witchcraft and the maiming the burning of eight of the village people, which included two young girls. Each year effigies were made from sticks to represent the victims and burnt.
Strange things began to happen as soon as Jack and Flo arrived. OMG it is like reading the exorcist, Carrie, The Blair witch project and Michael Myers’ all rolled into one, and that is just the first half of the book. Now listening to a book through wireless earbuds has its advantages, as I couldn’t hear anything but the story from these pages, the drawback was I couldn’t hear anything but the story from these pages!!!!!! It was intense in these chapters with my mind processing the events into vivid technicoloured images in my mind.
Rev Jack was a cool character that seemed to get under the skin of some locals, but Flo Jack’s daughter was my favourite. Flo wasn’t mainstream at fifteen she had found her own style and had got to like her own company. Well, until she met Jack, who had his own quirky problems.
I loved every page of this book that was edgy from page one and just built on that in every single chapter. This is a lock the windows and bolt the doors read with your back against the wall. I read pages over twice at times, just to make sure I had heard stuff right, this took my feet from under me. An absolutely top read.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
C. J. Tudor lives with her partner and young daughter. Her love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.
Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author.
Her first novel, The Chalk Man, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold in thirty-nine territories.