After Wilder Girls I will read anything and everything Rory Power writes okay? I’m so glad we’re on the same page about it, because Burn Our Bodies Down is amazing. I read it in one day because I couldn’t actually put it down. I’m not normally a huge fan of horror, but this book has that subtle and ominous suspense that fans of horror will love. Keep reading this book review to see all my incoherent flailing for Burn Our Bodies Down.
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
I have such an immense love for Rory Power. Wilder Girls is one of my favorite reads and Burn Our Bodies Down is no exception. Burn Our Bodies Down is a story about family, secrets, and trauma we pass down to our children. Centering on the relationship between her mother and Margot, it’s like a single point constellation. Burn Our Bodies Down began with tenderness and heartbreak. Emotional observing all the cracks in the foundation and feeling it crack a little more each time. When you see fractures and try to plaster them up, knowing they will always be there. Until that one splinter of a second which rattles them open again, destroying whatever remained.
The writing in Burn Our Bodies Down is lyrical. Margot embarks on a journey to find her family. Searching for that feeling of acceptance, a love we know without testing. What Margot finds is a home full of unspoken secrets and mystery dripping from the pages. The horror peeks through cracks in the fields, dripping from the plants, and in shadows on the walls. At the heart of Burn Our Bodies Down is a story about family and putting the past to rest. It’s also queer!
I loved how atmospheric Burn Our Bodies Down is. Blushing water, bleeding corn, and dead girls. It’s a story of love, pain, and secrets. Family drama, complex truths, and sacrifice. The ways our past can haunt us, shadows which chase us in the dusk, and wondering how we can escape. Burn Our Bodies Down will keep you reading into the night. You’ll chase the last page, trying to figure out how Margot’s story will end.