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Absolutely a freaky atmospheric read. My first Tudor book gripped me right from the first page. Sheer talent flowed down the pages as the author combined gothic horror with a murder mystery. This was UNPUTDOWNABLE
A kickass heroine, Vicar Jack and her daughter Flo were my main characters. JACK was forced to move to the creepiest place on earth, Chapel Croft, supposedly haunted too.
The history of the place had me shivering. 500 years ago 8 protestant martyrs, among which were 2 children were burned alive and 30 years ago, 2 teens disappeared from their homes.
Haunting descriptions, there was something so eerie about the place that a shiver ran down my spine when the Vicar and daughter started seeing the ghost of the burning girls. They seemed to be surrounded by evil and unspeakable silence.
The villagers too were quite weird, hiding their secrets behind civility, it took all of Jack’s determination to get to the bottom of the truth. Evil seeped through sometimes so subtly that it took me unawares. The death of the previous Vicar at the chapel added to the murky depths of this place.
The pages flew fast even when I spent every moment in the heart pounding terror of this place. Nightmares abounded for both Jack and me. I knew I shouldn’t started the book at midnight, but I was so tempted. I got the audiobook too, I just couldn’t resist the lure of listening to the story.
The past and present were interweaved finely with many characters and multiple POVs. The ending was electrifying, i couldn’t sleep post reading the book. Yet so worth reading at midnight.
What could I say more at the end of the review? One has got to read a Tudor book just to enjoy the brilliant style of writing.
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 .
Publication Date: January 2021
Many thanks to Gaby and Michael Joseph and Penguin UK Books for my spot on the Blog Tour.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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