I saw a couple of reviews on Goodreads for The Burning Girls and immediately went to NetGalley to request a copy. When my request was approved, I did a happy dance around my stunned toddlers, who also clapped and jumped excitedly. So needless to say, I was HYPED for The Burning Girls before I’d even taken the time to read the actual synopsis.
Side note/question: This is becoming a habit. I’m curious… Am I the only one who has developed a habit of not reading the Goodreads or “official” synopsis of a book and just dives right in based solely on what you’ve read or heard from others (reviewers, friends, etc.)??
The Burning Girls is the story of a vicar named Jack and her daughter, Flo. They’ve recently been sent to a small church in Chapel Croft after an unfortunate incident in Nottingham. Jack has already been having horrible nightmares due to the horrible event back home, so she has no desire to go to Chapel Croft, but is left with no choice. Immediately, things begin to go the way of a horror movie.
They are welcomed to their new creepy old chapel home by a weird caretaker, a child covered in a blood, a headless burning girl/apparition with no arms — oh, and a bunch of macabre twig dolls the townsfolk set on fire once a year. And that’s just the beginning of the novel!!!
It was almost impossible for me to set this down and I sped through it in about two days. It kept me guessing, trying to figure out what was going on, who was doing what, and although I did figure out one really big “twist” fairly early on, I enjoyed every minute of the twisty turny path that led to “The End.”
I definitely recommend The Burning Girls to thriller fans!