Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power (eARC Review)

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Page Count
: 352

*I was provided with an eARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!*

CW: death, murder, arson, vomiting, unplanned pregnancy

I was supposed to read this book about two months ago, before it’s release in early July, but it was a struggle getting here. I want to start by saying that I have not read Wilder Girls and therefore had no expectations concerning the author’s writing style or way of storytelling. All I thought this would be was a family drama, which it was in part, but there is definitely so much more to it that I feel like I didn’t sign up for.

I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts for a while now, but can’t seem to make sense of it all yet. I think my main issue was that I went into this book thinking I’d get a twisted tale of a torn family, but really, it was more along the lines of horror? Those of you who know me, realise that in 9 out of 10 cases, I would not pick up a horror book on purpose and it was off-putting here as well.
I was prepared for an otherworldly, thick with the scent of buried secrets atmosphere (which Power manages to create quite well), however, I was not prepared for it to be so decidedly not our world in the end. When you start this novel, the characters take some getting used to, but it seems like we are here, in our reality. It takes almost half the book to come to the conclusion that you are not and at that point you are just confused.

This book features queer characters, a strained family relationship, a rural/small town setting – all factors that would usually entice me to read a book! So, why exactly didn’t it work for me?

Burn Our Bodies Down is told through the inner monologue of the main character Margot. She is a strange girl with very intense mood swings, something that didn’t always make it easy to follow her thought process. We get snippets of her personality as well as a bit of exploration of her sexuality (is she a lesbian? bisexual?), but it all gets dropped in favor of the “mystery” of the plot. And that mystery is really all that kept me propelled to keep reading, because I surely wasn’t able to connect or like any of the characters very much. I wanted to know how it would be resolved. I had my guesses early on and even though at that time, I had still thought this was just regular reality, I was right. That just added to me not feeling very satisfied by the pay off, because what else could it be?

Before I end this review for good, I just want to say that I saw a lot of people enjoy this book. It’s probably a very me-thing that I didn’t and which I mostly base on the inability to connect to any of the characters while reading. I highly recommend you check out varying reviews if you are still unsure whether you want to read this book or not.

Fazit: 2/5 stars! This was not meant for me.

Have you read this book? Do you want to? Have you read Wilder Girls? Let’s talk!

11 thoughts on “Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power (eARC Review)

    • As I said, I haven’t read Wilder Girls, although I would have been more prepared for the horror aspect of it, I feel like. I doubt they’ll become a favourite of mine, but I think i do understand why people like them. Maybe you’ll be able to find a sneak peek or something to try the writing style for yourself.

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  1. Aww man, I hate it when a book promises to be one thing but turns out to be another. Based on the synopsis, I never would have pegged it as a horror. It’s a shame really cause it sounds like it had a lot of elements that could be great, but lack the depth to make you invest in it. This book wasn’t on my radar before and I doubt I’ll read it. As always, great review.

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    • It just doesn’t sound that horror, right? It’s marketed as a thriller, but even that I find a strange choice of genre. It’s not thrilling, it’s just a mystery?
      I wish I would have liked any character (other than Eli, he seemed stellar despite barely being on the page), but I just didn’t and that made me really apathetic at some events. Also horror … I just … don’t like it.
      Thanks for checking out the review!

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