Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power


Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power is a YA Mystery on shelves now!


52748041._SX318_SY475_From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girlscomes a new twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mystery—until she decides to return to her mother’s hometown . . . where history has a tendency to repeat itself.

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.


This one was a huge disappointment for me.

When I initially began seeing this all over the community, I was so excited for a horror story. I’ve been in such a mood for this genre, that I immediately snatched it off NetGalley and began reading it.

Unfortunately, the expectations didn’t meet the reality.

Overall, I would definitely categorize it as more of a mystery than a horror. Nothing seemed to pop out and scare me (which is why I picked this one up), but the world, characters, and plot felt mysterious and enchanting. 

Especially during the beginning chapters, I felt bored and confused with the world she lived in with her mom and the craziness/mental health which came with it. It lost my interest pretty quickly and left me giving this one a 2 out of 5 stars.

If you are looking for something creepy or scary, this wasn’t it.


Published: 7 July 2020

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Pages: 352

How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced I any way.*

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