At a Glance
Title: Burn Our Bodies Down
Author: Rory Powers
Expected Publication: July 7, 2020 by Delacorte Press
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 4.14 out of 5
My Rating: ★★★★
Rory Powers does it again. Last year I read The Wilder Girls, and while I was hoping it would be a series (because I didn’t think I got enough closure) I was super excited to read Burn Our Bodies Down!
Power’s writing always has a mystery that surrounds the story and tends to have a weird, mutation type answer. The same can be said for this book. We meet Margot, our protagonist during the summer months. She’s lonely, lost, and struggling to feel loved by her mother. She also has no idea where her family comes from or even if she has any other family. When she finds a picture with the phone number of her ‘Gram’, she sets out to find the place where she belongs.
Upon her arrival a fire breaks out in the field’s of her family and a girl, who looks remarkably like Margot, is killed in it. When the police start investigating, they come to Margot to help uncover what her family has been hiding. What Margot finds will throw her life for a loop and even the life of her new found friend. I really don’t want to say to much more than that because it’s really better to read this book with an open mind but that ending, mind blown.
Powers has really stitched together a greatly bizarre family dynamic tale. She perfectly captures the ‘complicated’ relationship between Margot, her mother, grandmother, and the rest of the ‘family’. Ugh it extremely hard to describe this book without spoilers, fyi!
If you like Stephen King’s creepy vibes mixed with some ‘Children of the Corn’ and a bit of chaos then this book is perfect for you! This book comes out June 16th. Get it HERE!
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About the Author
Rory Power grew up in New England, where she lives and works as a crime fiction editor and story consultant for TV adaptation. She received a Masters in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia, and thinks fondly of her time there, partially because she learned a lot but mostly because there were a ton of bunnies on campus.
She is represented by Daisy Parente at Lutyens & Rubinstein and Kim Witherspoon at InkWell Management.
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