Ready to get spooked this January? The latest chilling thriller by C.J. Tudor, The Burning Girls, is now available in US paperback (Penguin Random House). The UK paperback edition was published in September 2021 by Penguin Random House to rave reviews, and we cannot wait for even more readers to get their hands on a copy.
Since its very first publication, The Burning Girls has moved from strength to strength. The Times named it one of the ‘best crime novels for January 2021‘ and Publishers Weekly noted that ‘Tudor expertly doles out the plot twists … one so shocking that it turns the entire story inside out‘. Recently, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel named The Burning Girls as a best book of the year. Its film rights have been optioned by Buccaneer Media, the production company behind Marcella, Whitstable Pearl and Crime, with the award-winning Hans Rosenfeldt attached as the screenwriter. We were thrilled to see The Burning Girls selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club in September, and it was also chosen as a New York Public Library Book of the Year for 2021.
The Burning Girls has received a deluge of praise:
‘Hypnotic and horrifying . . . Without doubt Tudor’s best yet, The Burning Girls left me sleeping with the lights on.’
—Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End
‘C. J. Tudor is turning out some of the best supernatural fiction around. And in The Burning Girls, her signature blend of self-aware characters and ancient evils is on full display.’
‘The kind of novel that’s so creepy, it might just seep into your dreams.’
‘Tudor . . . strikes again with another thriller filled with twists and turns right up to the mind-bending ending.’
Now, welcome to Chapel Croft…
A dark history lingers in Chapel Croft. Five hundred years ago, local 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.
Congratulations on this very special day, C.J.! And if you have not ordered yourself a copy yet, you can do so here.