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C. J. Tudor

Author of The Chalk Man

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Works by C. J. Tudor

The Chalk Man (2018) 1,747 copies
The Hiding Place (2019) 590 copies
The Burning Girls (2021) 517 copies
The Other People (2020) 508 copies
The Drift (2023) 207 copies
A Sliver of Darkness (2019) 82 copies
Kriidimees (2018) 2 copies
Gullungen 1 copy
Inni ludzie 1 copy

Associated Works

After Sundown (Fiction Without Frontiers) (2020) — Contributor — 41 copies
Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 3 (2020) — Contributor — 20 copies


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I was impressed by the fact this book was as good as her first. Tudor has written a very unsettling story that is reminiscent of Stephen King's Pet Semetary. The main character was a bit unlikable, but not so much so that I wanted to stop reading.
mancinibo | 45 other reviews | Nov 30, 2023 |
Captivating. Enjoyable.
cfulton20 | 151 other reviews | Nov 13, 2023 |
I liked the book, but I thought it took a little too long to get going. I had mostly figured it out by the big reveal but then the ending felt a little contrived. Again, still enjoyed it but was left feeling that it could have been better.
cdaley | 27 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |
It seems to me that each C. J. Tudor book that I read gets better than the last, which is quite an achievement given how good her first book, The Chalk Man was. The next one that I read, The Taking Of Annie Thorne was darker and grimmer and had a powerhouse of an ending filled with surprises that made sense.

I think The Burning Girls tops both of them. It's grim and violent and filled with guilty secrets and deceptions. The start lulled me into thinking that I was reading another story about a haunting in an English village which will threaten the newcomers, the vicar and her teenage daughter, and end with a dramatic confrontation between good and evil. It soon became clear anything familiar about this story was probably a distraction. Yes, there was a haunting going on and yes, the vicar and her daughter were in danger but there was a lot more going on and most of it was twisted and violent.

The plot is intricate and strong. There are lots of twists that made me reassess what I knew right up to the end but they weren't tricks played on the reader, they were more like confirmations of suspicions that had been growing for a while but which turned out to be even worse than expected. The path of the various bad actors in this book, past and present, is beautifully choreographed to maintain tension, build characterisation and push the reader forward inexorably.

Even so, the plot is not the strongest feature of the book. What I enjoyed most was the way the characters of the vicar and her daughter were drawn. Each of them seemed real to me and the relationship between them was one of the most believable middle-aged single-mom to teenage daughter I've read.

I liked that the daughter was her own person. She wasn't just a plot device labelled "Vicar's Vulnerable Daughter', she had her own view on the world and the people around her, including her mother.

The vicar was a wonderful creation. That she was unconventional, stubborn and a magnet for trouble was immediately clear in her encounter with her Bishop who is banishing her to the wilderness for attracting bad publicity. That she caused waves in the village she'd been reluctantly assigned to seemed unsurprising, especially considering the bluster and bullying she encounters. Even at that point though, I knew there was more to the vicar's story, something about her and her reactions that was off, that I wasn't understanding. Finding out what that was delivered most of the energy of the book. When I finally understood what I was seeing, I was even more impressed with the vicar than when I first met her in the Bishop's office.

I found myself twisting my days to find more time to spend listening to The Burning Girls. I was completely absorbed in it and ended up listening late into the night to know how the book would end.

I recommend the audiobook version. It has two narrators, Gemma Whelan delivers most of the story and Richard Armitage narrates the parts of the story giving a first-person account from an unknown, violent man on a quest that is leading him toward the Vicar's village. Both of them do an excellent job. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.


Paramount + have adapted The Burning Girls for television. Here's their. trailer. Personally, I'd read the book first and then watch the TV series.

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MikeFinnFiction | 28 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |



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