Author: C.J. Tudor
Number of Pages: 333
Writing Style: 4/5
Captivating (On the scale of 5): 3.5/5
- Plot: The plot of the book revolves around the place called Chapel Croft. It is village that holds secrets and eventually Jack and her daughter gets involved in the secrets and everything starts to get complicated for them. The ghost of the burning girls starts to haunt them but are the ghosts real or there is anything else to know? The past of the village is haunting the present of Jack and Flo.
- Why it should be read: The plot is new. The climax is unpredictable.
- Where it lacked: The middle part of the book is slow.
- Verdict: The author is famous for the book called The Chalk Man. It was a thriller that I loved a lot and literally, I picked this book because of the impression that the Chalk Man left on me. I was thrilled to read and the first few chapters of the book were really brilliant. It gripped me by my neck and pulled me into the village itself. I loved the writing style of the author. But… as there’s always a but, there’s something that took my undivided attention off from the book in the middle of it. The middle part of the book was a let-down for me and I really don’t know the reason. But (here comes the second but..) the climax is amazing. It restored my faith in the author and now I am going to pick other books from the author very soon.
Book Blurb: Welcome to Chapel Croft. Five hundred years ago, eight protestant martyrs were burned at the stake here. Thirty years ago, two teenage girls disappeared without a trace. And two months ago, the vicar of the local parish killed himself.
Reverend Jack Brooks, a single parent with a fourteen-year-old daughter and a heavy conscience, arrives in the village hoping to make a fresh start and find some peace. Instead, Jack finds a town mired in secrecy and a strange welcome package: an old exorcism kit and a note quoting scripture. “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known.”
The more Jack and her daughter Flo get acquainted with the town and its strange denizens, the deeper they are drawn into their rifts, mysteries, and suspicions. And when Flo is troubled by strange sightings in the old chapel, it becomes apparent that there are ghosts here that refuse to be laid to rest.
But uncovering the truth can be deadly in a village where everyone has something to protect, everyone has links with the village’s bloody past, and no one trusts an outsider.