A Taut, Intelligent Psychological Thriller: Read an Extract From The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

A Taut, Intelligent Psychological Thriller: Read an Extract From The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

What kind of man am I?

It was a question he had asked himself a lot lately.

 I am a man of God. I am His servant. I do His will.

But was that enough?

He stared at the small whitewashed house. Red-tiled roof, bright purple clematis crawling up its walls, bathed in the fading glow of the late-summer sun. Birds chittered in the trees. Bees buzzed lazily amongst the bushes.

Here lies evil. Here, in the most innocuous of settings.

He walked slowly up the short path. Fear gripped his belly. It felt like a physical pain, a cramping in his gut. He raised his hand to the door, but it opened before he could knock.

‘Oh, thank God. Thank the Lord you came.’

The mother sagged at the doorway. Lank brown hair stuck to her scalp. Her eyes were shot through with blood and her skin was grey and lined.

This is what it looks like when Satan enters your home.

He stepped inside. The house stank. Sour, unclean. How could it have come to this? He looked up the stairs. The darkness at the top seemed thick with malevolence. He rested his hand on the banister. His legs refused to move. He squeezed his eyes tightly shut, breathing deeply.

‘Father?’

I am a man of God.

‘Show me.’

He started to ascend. At the top, there were just three doors. A boy, slack-faced, in a stained T-shirt and shorts, peered around one. As the black-clothed figure approached, the boy pulled the door shut.

He pushed open the door next to it. The heat and smell hit him like a physical entity. He placed a hand over his mouth and tried not to gag…

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      Publisher details

      The Burning Girls
      Author
      C.J. Tudor
      Publisher
      Penguin
      Genre
      Crime Fiction
      Released
      19 January, 2021

      Synopsis

      C. J. Tudor is back with her darkest, twistiest novel yet. Welcome to the small village of Chapel Croft where all your worst nightmares come true... Reverend Jack Brooks is looking for a fresh start. Chapel Croft appears the perfect place, but the village has a dark and dangerous history - and the ghosts of its past refuse to stay buried. Decades ago, two girls disappeared. And just months ago, the last vicar committed suicide - but not before leaving a message for Jack. Jack must uncover the truth, or risk sacrificing the village to the evils that lie within. But the truth is hard to find when everyone has something to hide. And as long-buried secrets of Jack's own resurface, faith alone will not save them...
      C J Tudor
      About the author

      C J Tudor

      C. J. Tudor’s love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert. Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, dog walker, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter, and now author.

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