Review: Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Burn Our Bodies DownAuthor: Rory Power
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release: July 7th, 2020
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Gore
Rating: 4 1/2 kitties

I received a copy of Burn Our Bodies Down in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rory Power is back with another standalone novel, Burn Our Bodies Down. Readers like myself fell in love with her writing thanks to Wilder Girls, and this next novel is everything that we could have hoped for – and then some.

Margot and her mother have been a team as long as she can remember. A team of two. No more, no less. Granted, sometimes it does feel like it’s Margot against the world (and her mother). But that’s just how some families work, right?

Well, here’s the thing. Margot has always wanted to have more, have more family, a bigger world, answers. You name it. Now she’s setting off (on her own) to get all of that, and it is nothing like she expected. Or hoped.

“I think I’d give anything to know what happened to leave her like this. As long as it’s not waiting to happen to me.”

Spoiler Warning

Burn Our Bodies Down is a dark delight, through and through. Margot’s journey is far from normal – or peaceful. Yet it is exactly that which pulled me into the narrative, leaving me desperate to learn more about what was truly going on behind the scenes.

I was so extremely excited to get my hands on Burn Our Bodies Down. I absolutely adored Wilder Girls, so naturally, I’ve been a wee bit desperate to read anything (literally, anything) else by Rory Power.

So did it live up to those high expectations? Yes, a hundred times yes. Maybe it’s because I have been getting into more horror lately (while not reading it extensively, not yet at least), but I really loved the vibes that this book gave off.

To be fair, the vibes are pretty amazing. Picture ‘Children of the Corn’ meets thriller, meets coming of age, and you’ve got a slight idea of what is in store here. Throw in Rory Power’s unique writing style, and you’ve got a much better idea about what sort of ride you’re going to be in store for.

To say that it was a chilling read would be an understatement. This book got pretty dark at times, but in ways that truly fit the narrative. Likewise, this world created was fascinating. I won’t say I’d want to live in this small town…(because I wouldn’t) but I’d like to hear more about it, if that makes sense.

Margot’s journey into finding her family and her truth made for a brilliant read. One that was formed through several different layers, adding to the confusions and intensity of it all. I think at the end of the day, that’s half the reason why I ended up enjoying it all so much.

One thing is certain, I honestly cannot wait to see what Rory Power is going to come up with next. In the meantime, I might just read Burn Our Bodies Down once again.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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