I have read all of this author’s previous novels so had high expectations from this and it did not disappoint. For me, this is the best and blew my mind with the dark, disturbing deviances going on in the small village of Chapel Cross.
Most of the story is told from the viewpoint of Jack, a single parent with a teenage daughter Flo. Jack has been moved to Chapel Cross as the new priest after the previous one committed suicide. Jack left the previous parish under a cloud and didn’t want to move and neither did Flo, who as a teenager is soon fed up in the country with little to do.
The village has a chilling past as it is the site where eight Protestant Martyrs, including two young girls, were burnt at the stake. On the anniversary the locals make small, twig-like dolls and set these alight to commemorate the event. There are secrets, lies and other mysteries which become apparent as the story progresses.
This is exceptionally well plotted from start to finish with an amazing ending which blew me away.
Many thanks to NetGalley, Penguin Michael Joseph and C J Tudor for my ARC in return for my honest review.
This is a must read if you want to be chilled and surprised right to the end. Highly recommended.