May 7, 2018

Book Review: The Burial Society by Nina Sadowsky

Catherine, no last name, doesn’t bury the dead. She rescues the living—from intolerable, abusive, dangerous lives. Her darknet-based witness protection program, the Burial Society, is the last hope for people who desperately need to disappear. Catherine takes care of them and provides new identities. She is effective and efficient—until she discovers that her slipup may have compromised a client, maybe even killed her. Powerless to help without exposing her shadowy profession, Catherine makes a drastic move.

With her covert service relocated to Paris, Catherine’s done her best to move on. But when a dark part of her past suddenly appears in the City of Light, she refuses to run—and her life takes a harrowing turn.

Using all the tricks of her unusual trade, Catherine weaves her way through a dangerous landscape of treachery, infidelity, paranoia, and secrets that bind as deeply as blood. But the evil of the enemy she’s pursuing runs deeper still—to the bone. And even Catherine’s most cunning skills may not be enough to save herself.

The Paris setting and the premise of a “burial society” aiding in the escape of abused women from their abusers immediately attracted me to this novel.  The narrative is structured cinematically, with short chapters alternating between multiple characters to further the plot. The multiplicity of POVs disoriented me quite a bit, making it difficult to attach myself to any one character for long and to keep track of who is who and what was happening exactly.  There are rescue attempts disguised as kidnappings, mysterious murders and glamorous international settings.  If you hang on to this roller coaster of a novel, it does get better and more coherent. 

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