The Burning Girls, a review by Sherry

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The Burning Girls
C.J. Tudor

304 pages

Ballantine Books
Published February 9, 2021

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A little religion, a vicar, an out of the way English village and a whole lot of secrets. C.J Tudor’s latest novel has all of these and is bloody good.  

Jack got in a little bit of a bind at her last church and was transferred to a small church in Sussex as the temporary vicar.  Her and her daughter are finding out it is hard to fit in, in a small town when you’re an outsider.

Jack and her daughter Flo are such relatable characters.  And they were surrounded by a great cast of characters that had depth.  There was a complex story with martyrs that were burnt at the stake, some missing girls from 20ish years ago, Jack and Flo’s backstory and the odd things going on at the church.  With that much going on, it could have become messy, but the story never did.  

The book has you think about what makes you good or bad.  If you’re a teacher or a priest are you automatically a good person?  Or how many bad acts make you a bad  person?  The struggle is real in the book.  Where do you draw the line?

I really like when a book can take a topic like religion and weave it into the book without making it a religious book.  And I can’t forget to mention that Tudor is artful in the way she throws in a small detail that changes your perspective on a character or situation. You were going along enjoying the book and then you think, did I just read that?

The book is a slow burn, so if you’re looking for flash and action, you will be disappointed. Otherwise if you like suspense, mystery, thrillers, this is the book you want to read this winter.

Thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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