Narrator Gemma Whelan introduces Reverend Jacqueline Brooks and her 14-year-old daughter, Flo, who move from the city to a church in rural England. Narrator Richard Armitage convincingly portrays a mysterious figure who stays in the background. In this horror story, people burn twig dolls to remember the martyrs who were burned at the stake 500 years ago during Queen Mary's purge of Protestants. Listeners will shudder at meeting the sinister villagers and parishioners. Whelan captures gutsy, inquisitive Reverend Brooks's thoughts, particularly when she receives threatening notes, which add to the mystery's forbidding atmosphere. Equally well rendered is the spirited Flo. Descriptions are riveting and credible as Brooks uncovers many shocking truths. Despite the grim setting, the relationship between mother and daughter and the satisfying conclusion offer a worthwhile listen. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2021]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9780593292754 $20.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2021
DD ISBN 9780593292761 $76.00
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