Burning Girls
C. J. Tudor

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Narrated By: Richard Armitage, Gemma Whelan

Duration: 10 hours and 1 minute

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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 . . .

Praise for C. J. Tudor:

'C. J. Tudor is terrific. I can't wait to see what she does next' Harlan Coben

'Britain's female Stephen King' Daily Mail

'A mesmerizingly chilling and atmospheric page-turner' J.P. Delaney

'Her books have the ability to simultaneously make you unable to stop reading while wishing you could bury the book somewhere deep underground where it can't be found. Compelling and haunting' Sunday Express

'Some writers have it, and some don't. C. J. Tudor has it big time' Lee Child

'A dark star is born' A. J. Finn

© C. J. Tudor 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


Thriller / suspense fiction, Crime and mystery fiction, Modern and contemporary fiction, Contemporary horror and ghost stories

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C. J. Tudor is terrific. I can't wait to see what she does next

Harlan Coben

Creepy . . . Tudor throws everything at her reader in a complex plot

Choice Magazine

Hypnotic and horrifying, CJ Tudor held me captive with another truly terrifying tale. 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 <i>We Begin at the End</i>

Best-selling author CJ Tudor returns with another page-turner

Sunday Express

Praise for C. J. Tudor


A brilliantly twisty read

Crime Monthly

If you like my stuff, you'll like this

Stephen King

A real page-turner


A gothic, spine-tingling roller-coaster of a story that expertly weaves the tale of eight martyrs from 500 years ago with a contemporary narrative about a priest coming to terms with their past, The Burning Girls adds yet more evidence to the fact that CJ Tudor is a master of horror

CJ Cooke

Pacey, spooky . . . the twists keep coming

Literary Review

The best book yet from CJ Tudor


Combines crime fiction with elements of gothic horror . . . Tudor operates on the border between credulity and disbelief, creating an atmosphere of menace

Sunday Times

A mesmerising and atmospheric page-turner, with plenty of shocks and a surprise twist for a finale. Her best novel yet

Sunday Express

Chilling . . . Mixes real historical events with fictional horror and mystery


This creepy, tense thriller, packed with twists and turns, keeps the reader immersed until the shocking conclusion