Book Review: Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Book Review: Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory PowerBurn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 7th July 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

Burn Our Bodies Down is the second book I’ve read by Rory Power, and I’m really wondering if she is maybe just not the author for me. Wilder Girls was enticing but the ending just left me a bit dissatisfied because I was expecting more, and Burn Our Bodies down had such potential to discuss a tense mother-daughter relationship but instead it was a slow burn story that, again, ended kind of strangely?

Also, this author has a real thing for plants.

I will say, though, that the audiobook was really well done. I really liked the narrator for it, which is a surprise to me because I often don’t click with American narrators. So good job with that.

The rest of the book, though, felt very average. I think Rory Power might be better off writing adult fiction where she can really go to town with the horror elements, because Burn Our Bodies Down felt like it barely touched the surface of the true horror vibe it was going for.

As others have said, this is a tough one to review because it’s definitely better that you don’t know much before you go into it.

I was expecting more of a discussion about the mother-daughter relationship in this book, but unfortunately while there was a lot of that in the beginning, it kind of dropped off towards the end and left me hanging.

I would recommend giving Burn Our Bodies Down even if you didn’t love Wilder Girls because the ending is nowhere near as frustrating and if you’ve read Wilder Girls then you’re presumably ready for that kind of vibe, but a tighter storyline. Also, the main character is gay, but doesn’t rush into a relationship! Love that. Overall, this book was just okay, and while I’m glad that I listened to it, I’m not sure I want to pick up any more books by Rory Power as I find her stuff quite underwhelming.

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