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Publisher's Summary

An unconventional vicar must exorcise the dark past of a remote village haunted by death and disappearances in this explosive and unsettling thriller from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man.

A dark history lingers in Chapel Croft. Five hundred years ago, Protestant martyrs were betrayed - then burned. Thirty years ago, two teenage girls disappeared without a trace. And a few weeks ago, the vicar of the local parish hanged himself in the nave of the church.

Reverend Jack Brooks, a single parent with a 14-year-old daughter and a heavy conscience, arrives in the village hoping for a fresh start. Instead, Jack finds a town rife with conspiracies and secrets and is greeted with a strange welcome package: an exorcism kit and a note that warns, “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known.”

The more Jack and daughter Flo explore the town and get to know its strange denizens, the deeper they are drawn into the age-old rifts, mysteries, and suspicions. And when Flo begins to see specters of girls ablaze, it becomes apparent there are ghosts here that refuse to be laid to rest.

Uncovering the truth can be deadly in a village with a bloody past, where everyone has something to hide and no one trusts an outsider.

©2021 C. J. Tudor (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Very slow and predictable.

I wanted to like this book. I just couldn't. Story went meandering on and plot line was poor.

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An Intense Thriller

CJ Tudor has done it again. A brilliant story that is a mystery, a thriller, and a paranormal experience all rolled into one mesmerizing and riveting ride. There are so many twists, that you will be on the edge of your seat until the surprising end. Gemma Whelan and Richard Armitage were extraordinary in their performances.

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Soooo Good!

Lots of twists and turns, good narrator; it’ll keep you guessing until the end! Highly recommend. Narrator is wonderful.

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The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Played...

Just wow. This book has so much to keep you on the edge of your seat. It references The Usual Suspects and the ending is just as much of mind blowing twist.

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Interesting and Twisty

I detest spoilers, but I’m finding it a little difficult to review this book without any. So, this is about all I can say. Overall it was very good. There were lots of twists which kept me guessing. The one part I figured out, I’m pretty sure that I was supposed to figure out at that point, or I would have been dense. I did find Vicar Jack’s views and level of faith interesting, but I think I understood it more by the end. I can certainly say it was worth my time and that I can recommend it. The narrators were very good, yet I felt possibly there should have been a little more difference between voice or tone for Vicar Jack’s first person telling of the story and Flo’s third person story. I believe Gemma Whelan is talented enough to have accomplished that. I can’t say that it truly hurt the overall story, but I do think it could have added to the experience to have had some difference. I’m a fan of Richard Armitage, but again, some difference between his first person narration and third person could have added something. I’m surprised I actually feel this way because I’m one of the few Audible listeners who is perfectly happy with a well read book without any voices. I do thoroughly appreciate the talented narrators who can do realistic male and female characters, but for those who can’t, I’d rather they just read without bad voices. Yet, in this particular book, zero change between Jack and Flo’s parts felt strange.

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Irritating main character

The story is good enough but the vicar is an idiot. It is exhausting to listen to someone just continually be an idiot. She think she knows better than everyone else but she doesn’t, so predictable.

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c.J. Tudor never disappoints

another great one by Tudor. wonderful writing, delightfully eerie, imaginative plot, characters I cared about.. and flawless narration from Whelan and Armitage! can't wait for the next one.

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Surprisingly engaging

I hesitated to get this book despite its ratings because I am not fond of anything about peril normal happenings. It turns out this is just a real mystery and suspense novel. Fairly violent but quite engaging and exciting. Well done

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Silly

This is not as good as her other books. I found it diifficult to get through this one and I didn't care much about the characters. There were too many subplots going on and none were well developed. Also, it wasn't necessary to have 2 narrators for this story. Just the female narrator would be sufficient.

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Great choice

Good story line, different with a female vicar as the main character. I really enjoyed the humor in thoughts as she was speaking. The narration was fantastic AND I was even tricked a bit by the outcome of who was bad and who was good. Well spent credit!