Author behind the well-known books The Chalk Man, Other People and What Happened to Annie, CJ Tudor it has already become a recognizable name among suspense works. Your new book, Girls on fire, launched by the publisher Intrinsic, uses the same elements as the previous ones.
The reverend Jack stars in this plot when he moved from Nottingham to the small Chapel Croft transferred for personal reasons from the past to take care of the city parish. A sinister story about burnt children who became martyrs for being Protestant centuries before, created a tradition called burning girls, where they burn stick dolls in honor of the girls. But this is not the only gloomy event at the site. Decades before Jack's arrival, two teenagers mysteriously disappeared and weeks before the parish official hanged himself. These are the events that start to haunt Jack and his daughter Flo in the first days of the move. Supernatural and strange events surround the two, always delivering a new challenge and new dangers.
Throughout the events, many elements are inserted, which at first make the reading slow. The excess of subplots hinders the empathy with the characters, so necessary to create the desired tension climate, and so many different cases, initially totally disconnected, take time to make sense in reading. Tudor's well-known narrative, full of pop references and with short chapters divided by characters, helps familiar readers to go to the end of the work, where everything fits together and no detail is left in the air.
Girls on fire differs from previous works by investing more in criticism. There are small moments of anti-machismo, addiction to technology and loss of family values inserted in the narrative. For having a religious protagonist, some criticisms of the religious intolerances of the most rigorous groups are glaring and punctual in the book.
The author delivers a good suspense, which has a very satisfying ending and fits all the pieces played along the plot, but this excess of elements hinder the reading a little, making it slow at the beginning and only having suspense really towards the end of the book.