After bad press in her current church, Jack Brooks is left no other option than to take the new vicar position that suddenly opened up in Chapel Croft.  A small town far away from the rumors and negative attention Jack and her daughter, Flo, are the subject of.  Unfortunately nobody told Jack that the previous vicar had committed suicide….or did he?!  There are also the Burning Girls that both Jack and Flo swear they see, and the disappearances of two local girls years prior.  Alternating chapters between mother and daughter we get to see how both are dealing with the new changes in their lives.

I almost gave up on this one, but I really enjoyed the author’s previous book The Chalk Man, and I know that she likes to throw in crazy twists towards the end so I kept reading.  I’m glad I did, but it was a little anticlimactic when you find out who’s behind the fires and other strange occurrences.  It did help that Jack is not your typical vicar with her hidden thoughts and sarcasm that made me laugh.  If her character would have been more on the serious side, I would have given it a lower rating.  With that said true to the author’s prior book there is always more than one guilty party!  What was with that last sentence?!! Crazy! Will there be another part to this story?!

This one is out now!

Book Rating: 4/5

Wine Pairing: Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon


Goodreads Synopsis

Welcome to Chapel Croft. Five hundred years ago, eight protestant martyrs were burned at the stake here. Thirty years ago, two teenage girls disappeared without a trace. And two months ago, the vicar of the local parish killed himself.

Reverend Jack Brooks, a single parent with a fourteen-year-old daughter and a heavy conscience, arrives in the village hoping to make a fresh start and find some peace. Instead, Jack finds a town mired in secrecy and a strange welcome package: an old exorcism kit and a note quoting scripture. “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known.”

The more Jack and daughter Flo get acquainted with the town and its strange denizens, the deeper they are drawn into their rifts, mysteries, and suspicions. And when Flo is troubled by strange sightings in the old chapel, it becomes apparent that there are ghosts here that refuse to be laid to rest.

But uncovering the truth can be deadly in a village where everyone has something to protect, everyone has links with the village’s bloody past, and no one trusts an outsider.