• Burn Our Bodies Down

  • By: Rory Power
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Oprah Magazine Autostraddle Pick

From the author of the New York Times best seller Wilder Girls comes 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.

©2020 by Nike Power (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

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Crazy

Crazy, grim, scary, confusing, impactful, mind boggling, impossible, shocking, and worth it.
But the apricots? Still confused.

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Slow burn for minor payoff

Overall I liked Rory Powers 'Wilder Girls' much better than this book. In the end this book just wasn't my style. Slow buildup with very little context to go off of. And while the ending is indeed surprising, it's a little unsatisfying.

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Keep a fire burning.

One of the things I love most on Rory's writing is the way the characters spread and start growing inside us. They're complex and so real that it's hard not to feel them and feel for them.

Burn Our Bodies Down was a intense reading and even I wish I could prolong it the most, it was inevitable come to an end. The book brings a light about the importance of have a past and a family tree to look behind and feel you belongs to somewhere. That's all Margot wanted. To belong. To somewhere. To someone. She's tired of her mother's secrets and ready to do anything to unravel her origins, without knowing she will had to dig out every one of them up by herself.

I loved and feared it and, honestly, I just can't wait to see what's Rory Power is bring us next.

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Well it kept me guessing

Although kept me guessing It is not something that I would recommend for everyone it definitely has some gruesome details in the end and was at a slow pace in the beginning not really sure where it was headed

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Slow burn

This book takes a long time to get really interesting, but it's good once it gets there.

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Fantastically Performed

I loved Wilder Girls and was so excited to listed to this! It is written with the same verve and gorgeous flow - the writing is superb, comforting yet creepy… like I’m letting the author take me on a ride with them but I don’t know where they are taking me.
And the performance was just incredible. Every line was handled so well, like she was also on the ride- flowing from moment to moment in real time. Such great emphasis and care was taken to identify each character (which is so amazing to do with just one voice).
I do wish I got a little more out of the ending. I wanted more grit and understanding of what happened in the Apricot grove, to give the story more believability. The rest of the story felt so real- the ending left me unfulfilled. But love the author and the performance nonetheless!!

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Just WOW!

I absolutely loved every word of this book. scary, such a great mystery. Must read for sure.

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Flat lifeless book

No in depth characters, narration not real hot. Did not finish. Do not recommend unless you wanna sleep.

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Narrator ruined it

The storyline is interesting enough but drags on to long to get to the point. The narrator was overly dramatic throughout the book and became so annoying to listen to. I did not feel like the end provided full closure which worries me a sequel will happen and that’s the last thing this book should have.

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Whoa. Just whoa. Like a strange X-Files episode.

This story was full of twists and turns. Supernatural elements, and fully charged emotion. While I typically love that sort of stuff, I can't say I enjoyed this story much. It was full of hyper traumatic generational traumas. The ending was good while a bit unclimactic. Interesting read, but not for me.