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Brought to you by Penguin. 

The darkly compelling new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Chalk Man, The Taking of Annie Thorne and The Other People.

Five hundred years ago: eight martyrs were burnt to death.

Thirty 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....

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

What the critics say

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

"Britain's female Stephen King." (Daily Mail)

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

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So Good!!!

Such a good story and had a great twist at the end! I couldn’t put it down!!

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Tudor’s Least Compelling Story to Date

I have listened to every CJ Tudor novel to date and would rank this as her least compelling story. It is not bad but feels more “write by number” then her other novels. Very hard to feel any empathy for largely unrelatable characters. Let’s hope she returns to form with the next book.

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Good listen.

I use Audible on my cell phone so that I can listen to a story while I walk. If it is not a good story, it's hard to get those daily kilometres in. At first, I was a disappointed -- I thought that Jack, the protagonist, was going to end up being a Merrily Watkins 'wannabe'. Fortunately, I was wrong, and the book took an unexpected twist.. Tudor did not disappoint. I am looking forward to hearing another story.

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Fantastic Book!

I absolutely loved this book, it was truly fascinating from start to almost finished. The end was a little disappointing but overall the whole thing is very worth it!

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almost good

Completely gripping, right up until the home stretch. When it fell apart in classic CJ Tudor fashion.
I honestly really, really enjoyed 80% of this. I listened to it straight through tonight at work, and I found myself thinking, wow, this is actually awesome, the author's put everything together so well, you can really tell she's done her research! The characters all rang so true, and the plot was tense and puzzling. Ok, so I figured out a few if the twists very (veeeery) early on, but that's fine! I wanted to know how it all came together. And then I found out.
If you're into obvious twists and meanspirited endings, this is for you.
Seriously, though, I should know better at this point.

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enjoyable listen!

Really enjoyed this book,. Some unexpected twists, and good suspense. It had a very good flow so it made you want to keep listening. Totally recommend!