Back of the book :
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 . . .
What I think :
When Rev Jack Brookes has a bit of trouble in her Parish in Nottingham, her superiors feel it would be best if she and her teenage daughter Flo relocate to another Parish in a different part of England. A new home and a new start is what is needed …
As soon as they get to the village of Chapel Croft in Suffolk, things don’t seem quite right. The locals don’t seem to want the new vicar and her daughter there, they don’t like newcomers who don’t understand their past and their ancient superstitions concerning the martyrs from 500 years ago.
The previous reverend found this out too his cost, so what exactly happened to him … ?
Flo, an avid photographer, starts to see weird things as she photographs the graveyard, little girls on fire. Then Jack starts getting quite distressing messages and someone is leaving little wicker dolls on her doorstep, why is someone trying to scare her ?
It would seem everyone has secrets from the past, including Jack, can Jack keep Flo safe from that past … ?
I have loved all three of this authors other books but this one has got to be the best of all of them.
I found this novel to be the creepiest by far ! I’m not spooked that easily but I was looking in dark corners of my bedroom last night whilst reading the last few pages.
This book is such a huge rollercoaster ride that keeps you the edge of your seat right up until the very last word. I just could not put this book down. So many twists and turns that you are just getting over the latest twist then the next one is on top of you !! And that ending ! Such brilliant story telling !!
I don’t want to say too much and give things away but I do think that you should read this brilliantly spooky novel yourself.
I give this book a really well-earned 10/10 (5 Stars) My highest award !!
Published by Michael Joseph on 21/01/21
I got my signed copy from Waterstones (online) for £12.99.