Tudor’s writing comes recommended by some pretty crime fiction heavyweights, Stephen King, Lee Child, Harlan Coben. I can see why, she crafts an excellent tale of intrigue, packed with plenty of twists to keep you guessing.
Rev Jack Brooks is relocated to Chapel Croft following an unfortunate incident in Jack’s previous parish posting. Jack’s unimpressed daughter Flo also moves to the sleepy village and it doesn’t take long for them both to realise something is seriously amiss. The tight-knit community seems haunted by the disappearance of two teenage girls-the ironically named Merry and Joy-that took place 30 years ago. Jack finds out the previous Reverend committed suicide and then, when going through old church documents, uncovers evidence of exorcisms taking place in the parish.
Against this unsettling backdrop, we meet the local characters, oddball caretaker Aaron, overly jolly Reverend Rushton, almost mute child Poppy. Actually unsettling is the word for this story, as you’ll find yourself suspecting everyone of something, even if you can’t quite put your finger on it!
A creepy page-turner with a satisfying, and surprising, conclusion.