ARC Review: Burn Our Bodies Down

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions. No history to hold on to. 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 when she finds a photograph pointing her to a town called Phalene, she leaves. But 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?

Title: Burn Our Bodies Down
Author: Rory Power
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Age Range: Young Adult
Trigger Warnings: Gore, Body horror, Fire, Violence, Emotional abuse e.g gaslighting
Rating: ★★★★☆

This novel really surprised me. It could be because I went in with low expectations after being let down by Wilder Girls. I decided to give Rory Power another chance and I am so glad I did.

Thrillers are definitely my least read genre, but I do enjoy them from time to time! With that said, this is one of those times! Power had me on the edge of my seat the whole time and I had to find my bearings again once it ended. I loved the mystery and the female characters, especially the different dynamics between them. It is certainly best to go into this blind as I did because you really don’t know where anything is going!

This was such a deliciously weird book and I absolutely devoured it. My only issue is that the pacing changed towards the end and was wrapped up a bit quickly. I wanted to stay in this story a little longer and to know more about the relationships Margot had left by the end.

Thank you to Macmillan Children’s Books and Netgalley for the arc! This title was released January 7, 2021.

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Buy Burn Our Bodies Down: (UK) Waterstones | | Amazon UK // (INTL) Book Depository

Rory Power grew up in New England and went on to earn an MA in prose fiction from the University of East Anglia. She now works as an editor of crime fiction and story consultant for TV, and is the New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls and Burn Our Bodies Down. To learn more about Rory, go to and follow @itsrorypower on Twitter and Instagram.

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