We are so pleased that The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor has been released today (Penguin Random House). This is C.J’s fourth haunting thriller, and we can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on a copy.
Kickstarting the excitement was the The Burning Girls Blog Tour, which started on 15th January and will end on 12th February. C.J. will also be in conversation with Will Dean on Wednesday, 27th January which you can still get tickets for here.
In what was massive news for the Agency, we were incredibly pleased to announce that C.J. Tudor’s smash-hit debut, The Chalk Man (Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph) is set to be adapted in a BBC drama. The Chalk Man was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold in a whopping thirty-nine territories, and her second novel The Other People was an instant bestseller, hitting no. 11 on the Sunday Times bestseller list in the first week. The New York Times said of the eerie thriller that ‘at the hands of Tudor, the real pain is yet to come.‘
C.J. is an unstoppable force of nature, and we can’t wait to see The Burning Girls out in the world too. It has already received plenty of press attention ahead of publication, with The Times listing it as one of ‘best crime novels for January 2021‘, and Publishers Weekly 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.’
Early readers have reported both chills and thrills from this captivatingly spooky title:
‘Top-notch and deliciously creepy storytelling.’ Kirkus
‘Hypnotic and horrifying . . . Without doubt her best yet, The Burning Girls left me sleeping with the lights on’ Chris Whitaker, bestselling author of Waterstones Thriller of the Month We Begin at the End
‘A gothic, spine-tingling roller-coaster of a story . . . CJ Tudor is a master of horror’ C.J. Cooke, author of The Nesting
Now, step into the Sussex countryside for the spookiest ride of your life…
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 . . .
Congratulations, C.J., on this very special day. And if you haven’t already ordered a copy, you can do so here.