Jack is thrust from the life she knows in Nottingham to the isolated and mysterious village of Chapel Croft, where secrets are buried deep and those who uncover them are buried along with them.
Huge, huge, huge thank you to CJ Tudor and Gaby Young at Michael Joseph for letting me be a part of this blog tour! It has been a treat to be able to review such a brilliant book and I've loved reading other reviews from my fellow bloggers! 'The Burning Girls' is published now and available at all good booksellers!
The synopsis of this book draws you in but let me tell you, the characters, the plot and atmosphere are what make you stay for the rest of the novel. CJ Tudor offers a cast of secretive characters to pair with an equally dark storyline and she creates a world within Chapel Croft that sent chills through me multiple times. Writing style plays a massive part in the atmosphere, Tudor uses short sentences, short chapters and eerie settings to keep the reader on the edge of their seat from page one. Combining a tense thriller with a creepy ghost story was brilliantly executed in this publication, it brought together the best aspects of each type of story.
Throughout I was completely encapsulated and felt like I was inside the world with Jack and Flo, they were realistic and easily identifiable in each page, this made their interactions flow smoothly and create a compelling narrative. Flo, for me at least, was the complete badass heroine the story needed to keep the younger audience engaged, whilst Jack became the strong female figure that got shit done. The connection between them was incredibly convincing, it didn't feel forced and grasped onto the emotional and positive mother-daughter relationship that contrasts that of the other strained relationships present. I do not want to ruin this novel as I truly believe everyone needs to pick it up, but I will admit that I was convinced a certain character was who they said they were, but Tudor tricked me!
Tudor is a convincing writer, her portrayal of characters and the scene around them builds up a set for the reader to envision whilst progressing, but, I found a flaw toward the end that really hindered my overall enjoyment of the conclusion. I still believe this is a wonderfully written and chilling thriller, but this is why I couldn't give it five stars: I couldn't believe none of the characters did not see the obvious. If you have read this, you will know what I mean.
'The Burning Girls' will go onto my shelf for a re-read hopefully around October time for spooky season, even with the setback I thoroughly enjoyed the experience this book gave me. I was genuinely scared for my favourite characters and turning each page was like turning a corner in a dark house, the tension was unparalleled to that of Tudor's previous work.