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A woman running from a dark past stumbles upon a tangled nest of seductions and family secrets in this psychological thriller of obsession and betrayal.When Natalie discovers her father dead in a luxury hotel room in Paris, she's terrified that his death--or is it a murder?--will open up a history she'd rather forget. Years before, her mother went missing from their home iA woman running from a dark past stumbles upon a tangled nest of seductions and family secrets in this psychological thriller of obsession and betrayal.When Natalie discovers her father dead in a luxury hotel room in Paris, she's terrified that his death--or is it a murder?--will open up a history she'd rather forget. Years before, her mother went missing from their home in a wealthy Connecticut suburb, triggering a chain of violence that echoed through the years. Now Natalie is set on a collision course with her brother, who has secrets of his own. And watching from the shadows is a mysterious and alluring woman with a talent for making people in trouble disappear, who holds more answers than anyone would guess....

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The Burial Society Reviews

  • Suzanne Leopold
    2019-01-07 00:12

    The Burial Society is an organization based in Paris run by a woman named Catherine. She provides a service for women that want to escape to safety from domestic abuse. The Society provides them with new identities along with a safe haven from their former lives. Three years earlier, Mallory Burrows reached out to Catherine for assistance after receiving numerous threats. Mallory started receiving these warnings after her ongoing affair in Westport, CT. Catherine wasn't able to help, and with the passage of time, Mallory is presumed dead. Catherine feels very guilty about her failure.Three years later, Mallory Borrows’ family is living in Paris. Her daughter, Natalie, finds her father, Brian, murdered in their apartment. The police believe the murder is due to a botched robbery. Natalie and her older brother Jake are skeptical and begin their own investigation. Brian Burrows’ death catches the attention of Catherine from The Burial Society. Her curiosity, along with her prior connection to their mother, convinces her to investigate. Perhaps this can help soften her guilt about failing to help Mallory all those years ago. Each chapter in The Burial Society is told in a different character’s point of view. This is a fun twisty mystery that is hard to put down. This is the Nina Sadowsky’s second novel.

  • Carrie
    2018-12-20 00:44

    The Burial Society by Nina Sadowsky is a psychological thriller that to be honest I struggled with my feelings on the entire book. The synopsis is a tad misleading on this one as it mainly promotes Catherine and the Burial Society that has been set up to help out victims but in one such case Catherine feels she failed.The story however with this one has many different characters that are given a voice as the point of view switches with each chapter. The chapters are also fairly short so especially in the beginning of this one it was a bit of whip lash trying to figure out who was who with it switching rather quickly.As the book starts a young girl is returning home and finds her father murdered. We find that Natalie along with her brother and father had already lost their mother a few years back. Their mother was the woman that Catherine had failed to help and now with this new murder Catherine feels the need to step in and unbury the truth.First I should give a trigger warning with this one as it did contain self harm in the story which wasn’t surprising given the situation. As for whether I liked this one or not I was still debating that all the way through. It wasn’t bad really but I’m not sure if it was the style in which it’s done or what but I also didn’t fall in love with it either thus the mid-range rating, in the end it was just one of those OK reads for me.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • HollyB
    2018-12-28 23:49

    This was way too confusing for me with short chapters constantly changing from one character to another. This drove my crazy and I couldn't keep all the characters straight! As soon as I started to follow one characters narrative, it switched to another.I liked the sound of the premise of having a covert witness protection service in London. They rescue people from abusive situations and give them a new identity, but I wasn't able to keep tract of the plot.I do think the author is talented, but the organization and pacing didn't work for me.Thanks to NetGalley for my copy!

  • Erin Clemence
    2019-01-11 00:09

    So proud to be part of the promotion team for this novel, “The Burial Society” by Nina Sadowsky. Thanks to the author and her team for the chance to read and promote!Catherine is head of “The Burial Society”, a covert, clandestine, group who aim to help abused women escape desperate situations. For the most part, she is effective, but she can’t seem to escape the memory of the one client she couldn’t help. When this client’s husband winds up dead, Catherine takes pity on the misanthropic teenaged children left behind and befriends them, providing them with what information she knows that may help them figure out what happened to their father (and their mother). However, Catherine soon becomes involved in something far more sinister than even she imagined.This story had a great premise and a catchy name- “The Burial Society”. A covert group designed to help battered women escape, led by Catherine, a secretive and spunky, tough-as-nails woman, whose own secrets lead her to a life where she is drawn to saving other lost souls. Set in Paris, this novel depicts a seedy underbelly of the fantastically idyllic city. This premise is creative, smart and unique and it had a lot of potential. The novel is told from the perspectives of Catherine(of course) , as well as Jake and Natalie(the teenaged children)and the uncle, Frank. There are a lot of different characters to bond with and understand as the novel goes on, but for the most part the characters themselves aren’t particularly good or likable people. Catherine is the character most likely to earn a reader’s devotion, but not enough about Catherine is revealed throughout the plot. I am hoping that a sequel (or further novels)will delve into Catherine’s past more, as there is a gaping hole in her character development that I wish to see filled. I found the idea of “The Burial Society” to be a fantastic one and I wanted to know more. I wanted to know more about its founder, its operations, its contributing characters, etc. etc. The storyline of the murder and Catherine’s desperate search for the killer was suspenseful and entertaining, of course, but a concept like “The Burial Society” should not be an afterthought, as it was in this novel. The ending was complete, but predictable, as I could see it coming from the beginning of the novel. It was intriguing however, to see how everything plays out and the novel definitely drew me in enough to continue reading the story. I loved the short chapters, which made the novel a breeze to read through, and the suspenseful plot had piqued my interest enough to see if my assumptions on how it would end were true(and they were). I am a new reader of Sadowsky’s work, and she has received some well-deserved praise for much of her other non-writing related work. If Sadowsky wants to write more about Catherine, and bring me more “Burial Society”, I would be all for it! It’s an addicting concept with an intriguing plotline, and I am desperate for more.

  • Amy
    2019-01-02 21:05

    If you’re looking for a lighter style suspense that’s pure entertainment and a completely addictive page turner, allow me to introduce you to The Burial Society. I devoured this book in just a few hours because I simply could not put it down, it was one of those reads where I had planned on starting before bed and reading only a couple of chapters and before I knew it I was halfway finished!One of the things that sucked me in and compelled me to keep flipping pages was the set up. There are several points of view and the chapters are super short, sometimes they’re just a single paragraph propelling you forward over and over again. I’m sure some will be put off by so many POV in addition to a lot going on, especially in the beginning but that only served to intrigue me and I didn’t find it confusing at all. Sadowsky has a sharp writing style that fit this structure to perfection and the setting of Paris was an amazing backdrop.The description tells you just what you need to know and I’m hesitant to go any further than that, half of the entertainment of this one was not knowing exactly what I was getting into. There was a certain amount of sex appeal in this book, a racy little edge that sort of reminded me of The Girl Before. There was also a plot thread with a spy thriller vibe that I enjoyed, maybe it’s because most of it is set internationally but it was all very cloak and dagger and really added something clandestine that I think worked great!(Quick side note, I’m trying something new at the end of my reviews, I want to sum up a book in three words to give you an overall, super quick feeling! Let me know what you guys think of this)The Burial Society in three words: Enthralling, entertaining and sharp.

  • Kristy
    2019-01-10 22:02

    In Paris with her father and brother, eighteen-year-old Natalie Burrows returns back to their hotel room and finds her father dead. His death triggers an open wound in Natalie, reminding her of when her mother, Mallory, went missing three years earlier and was never found. A man who was her mother's supposed lover claimed responsibility for her disappearance and death. Natalie and her older brother Jake are both still reeling from that incident, as is Brian's brother, Frank, who must come to Paris to help his niece and nephew after his brother's death--much like he did following Mallory's disappearance. Meanwhile, also in Paris is a woman named Catherine who goes by many aliases; she has a vested interest in the Burrows family and is watching them from afar. When Brian is killed, the fate all these characters intertwines in ways no one could quite possibly imagine. This was a really interesting novel that took me by surprise.It's told in very short bursts of chapters, each one from a different point of view--Catherine, Natalie, Jake, Frank, and so on. Most of the narrative is in the present, but we occasionally go back in time. The format takes a little getting used to but it's also incredibly effective in building up suspense and keeping you guessing, wondering, and frustrated (in a good way) as to what is happening. The novel gets off to an interesting start and just keeps on rolling. I was completely bewildered from the beginning and fascinated, wondering how all the characters related to each other. The book was perplexing and if I hadn't read it while I was moving, I probably would have whipped through it in a day or two--it has all the makings of a very fast read. I do want to note that there is a self-harm trigger in the book, so please take note if that's something that affects you.The characters in the novel are all varied. I was probably drawn more to Catherine and Jake, but each is fascinating in their own right. You are always a little wary of each, contemplating how much we truly know them and can trust them. The book gives us a couple of good "oh wow" moments, which I certainly appreciated. I eventually mostly worked things out near the end, but it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the novel. Through it all, we're always puzzling things out, wondering what happened to Mallory and how things will play out. Overall, this is a different sort of book, and I enjoyed the original plot. It's a bit odd at times and sometimes confusing, but it certainly kept me reading. An enjoyable, twisty read. 4 stars. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley (thank you!) in return for an unbiased review; it is available everywhere as of 1/30/18. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram

  • Carlene Inspired
    2018-12-19 02:13

    The Burial Society has the sort of passages and fantastic phrasings you could highlight all day long, but there's no real connection between those and the story itself. The concept of a business that extracts people from dangerous, unsafe conditions and helps them start anew, all while getting revenge against the bad guys, is fantastic, but it's a large idea that requires a lot of book to come to life. We're sold on this book by the blurb, with varying people expressing their opinion on whether we should be told Natalie's story or Catherine's story...rather than told five different character's stories all at once, which is what we really get. There's Catherine, Natalie, Jake, Frank, and their poor deceased mother. There's the present day, the past, first person perspective, and even third person perspective all mixed in to one book. If that sounds confusing then I've made my point clear. There's a murder, there's misguided, lost young adult children, and there's two outsiders who are just a bit too involved for things to be normal. Each character was so complex and their perspective so different, really making for a multifaceted mystery that had so many variations of the truth. Plus, three of the four are fairly unreliable, which we all know is my favorite. Mix in a bit of murder, a heaping pile of lies, and a woman who goes by many names and has a pile of tricks up her sleeve and you've got The Burial Society. It's an incredibly interesting plot and Nina Sadowsky reveals her writing skills with the extensive development given to the murder and aftermath, but the layout just doesn't work for the story.The idea of The Burial Society is a great one, but the execution just didn't work out in my opinion. The changing perspective, changing tense, and alternating time frames really made for a lot more work as a reader than I find necessary in a novel. I love a good whodunit type of book, but if I can guess it right away and I'm still lead on a very long wild goose chase it no longer is entertaining. The most interesting story was Catherine's, we're drawn into it by the promise of more later on, but we're never given it. We're left to guess her true intentions and about her previous cases, left only with her ties to the Burrows' unfortunate incidents. Overall, The Burial Society is a unique novel, one that'll tick all the boxes if you're looking for something new, but that doesn't make up for the excess details, very short chapters, and frequently changing POV. Though I read the book in one sitting, I wasn't left with any "AHA that was great" moment and no real understanding of the story Nina Sadowsky intended tell. I likely wouldn't read this again, nor would I recommend it to friends. Unfortunate miss for me.ARC provided.

  • Kristen
    2019-01-01 03:47

    Told from alternating points of view was a great way to setup this story because it keeps you guessing as to who was the actual murderer since each character seemed to have a motive and you got to see the characters through one another's eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to end thanks to the great development of characters and plotline. I received a copy of this book from the author via netgalley.

  • Judy
    2019-01-04 00:47

    A pretty good story once I got into it. I had trouble getting used to the author's writing style of very short chapters, each told in a single character's point of view - it was somewhat confusing early in the book. I liked the concept of The Burial Society - a secret society that helps women and children disappear from abusive and terrifying situations. Catherine is an intriguing character - quite a chameleon. I couldn't quite warm up to any of the other characters in the book but they did hold my interest. I would read another book by this author.Thanks to Nina Sadowsky and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine through Netgalley for an advance copy.

  • Linda Zagon
    2018-12-31 02:09

    IMG_1744My Review of “The Burial Society” by Nina SadowskyWOW! WOW! WOW! I have you to blame, Nina Sadowsky Author of “The Burial Society” for keeping me up all night reading. This is a Psychological Thriller, Mystery, and novel of Suspense. WARNING: Once you get into reading, “The Burial Society”, it is difficult to put down.A reasonable question that you might ask is what exactly is ‘The Burial Society”? The blurb states, “Catherine, no last name, doesn’t bury the dead. She rescues the living–from intolerable, abusive dangerous lives. Her darkness based witness protection program , the Burial Society, is the last hope for people who desperately need to disappear.”Kudos to Nina Sadowsky for weaving an intriguing, intense and captivating story. This is like a roller coaster, you go up and down, there are twists and turns, and just when you think you have everything figured out, you have to retrace the clues.In this story, nothing is truly as it seems, there are betrayals, deadly secrets, and hidden agendas. The author describes her characters as complex, and complicated as circumstances possibly dictate. You are not sure who you can trust. Catherine, no last name, gives hints to her own background. Although, she has safely saved other people through the Burial Society, she regrets a mistake that may have compromised a client, Mallory, several years ago. Catherine notices Mallory’s daughter Nina, in Paris, and starts to observe certain things. Nina finds her father dead in their hotel. Nina’s family is extremely dysfunctional and Catherine mysteriously watches. How can Catherine re-write history? Could this mean trouble for “The Burial Society”? Is anyone really who you think they are?I would recommend this story for readers who enjoy psychological thrillers, mystery and suspense. I received an Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.

  • Melanie
    2019-01-07 23:03

    3.5 StarsThe Burial Society was an enjoyable read full of twists with characters that have you second guessing everything you've been told.When Natalie returns to her father’s Paris flat she discovers him murdered in his bed. His death resurrects a number of memories Natalie and her brother Jack would rather forget about their mother’s disappearance three years ago. In an unfamiliar city, the Burrows family seeks answers about how and why Brian Burrows died. All the while, a mysterious woman watches and waits from the sidelines holding answers to questions Natalie and her family don’t even know to ask.The Burial Society is told from multiple characters’ points of view with each chapter following a different character. The story also follows several timelines from three years ago when Mallory Burrows disappeared through present day after Brian Burrows is killed. At times the sudden shift to a different character or timeline was jarring and I definitely got confused several times about what was happening or when we were in the story. Some of the chapters were extremely short while others were quite long which definitely affected the pacing of the book.Natalie starts out the book seeming like a normal enough girl, but the more we get to know her the more issues we find out she has. Her brother Jake isn’t much better off than her but he is determined to be there for his sister and is quite devoted to her. Their uncle Frank was an interesting character and the one that ended up surprising me the most. We only see Brian and Mallory through flashbacks, but I feel the author did a good job showing who they were in those brief scenes. I did end up being surprised by the reveal of who caused Mallory’s disappearance and who killed Brian.My favorite character in this book ended up being Catherine, a woman who runs the Burial Society which helps people who feel endangered disappear. Three years ago before Mallory disappeared, she had contacted the Burial Society but ultimately disappeared before she could be helped. Catherine feels a lot of guilt over what she perceives to be her failure to save Mallory. While the plotline with the Burrows is going on, we also see Catherine helping a famous Russian model disappear while taking down her arms dealer husband. We meet a number of characters during that storyline who are all connected to Catherine and her work with the Burial Society in some way.Overall I enjoyed The Burial Society but the sudden POV or timeline changes definitely threw me off and there are a few plotlines that are never resolved. I would still recommend the book though to readers looking for thriller with messed up characters.**I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  • Donna Hines
    2019-01-03 02:01

    The Burial Society is a fab thriller of epic proportions dealing with providing shelter for domestic abuse survivors. One major question needs to be addressed and defined from the heart and that's what is home? For some , "It was never home" for this truly disturbed and bizarre family who "need to keep secrets".Catherine who assumes several aliases is head of this organization in Paris providing new identifies in getting out safely and leaving abuse behind. Several years earlier Mallory Burrows sought assistance after receiving threats for her relationship and affair with Will Crane. As you can expect when the secret is revealed all hell breaks loose.Mallory has subsequently went missing and her family and friends have presumed she passed.Now three years later the family seeks answers led by Natalie (daughter) along with her brother Jake . In addition, add to this escalating drama as numerous other close knit deaths make everyone suspicious of one another. Perhaps there's more to this story as someone surely must know what's behind all this violence. Is their a manhunt for the killer? Was it a suicide? Is there a weirdo stalker on the prowl? So many unanswered questions especially when cemeteries are involved as 'the sense that honor can endure after death' is a wide held belief.Add to this some family feuds, jealousy, bitterness, personality trait disorders like BPD & NPD and rage along with sexual orientation that was never fully addressed and you have a recipe for disaster.Nina Sadowsky has a truly vivid imagination that captures you hook, line, and sinker. She is truly energetic and determined in her writing to involve the readers thought process without altering the flow of the story in its natural progression.A strong plot with heroine characters leads to a captivating & superb thriller read for 2018, Everyone is a suspect till proven guilty and everyone is under the radar in The Burial Society with non stop action and fast suspenseful drama you won't want to put this one down. A quick read but a worthy investment for all readers. In closing, we must remember " Some things are better left behind."I often say 'life is stranger than fiction' if this defines you please remember: Rewrite your story, never give up, the past has nothing new to say as this is not how your story ends. You hold the pen.Thank you Nina for providing me this e-read from Netgalley and for being so gracious as to include me in the Burial Society Launch Team on Facebook. I'm truly honored to be included among many intellectual individuals.

  • Book Him Danno
    2018-12-28 04:03

    The Burial Society is a page turner that will keep readers hooked with its fast pace story. Readers will enjoy the short chapters but might get lost with all the different points of view that change between chapters. The characters jump off the page and the concept of having a Witness Protection in London to help those who are in abusive relationship find a way out was interesting. The writing is sharp it balance between a easy spy thriller and a romantic suspense.The Burial Society is a Well written entertaining suspense story that will have reader dying for more.Thank you to Netgalley and Ballantine Books for the advance copy of Burial Society by Nina Sadowsky. The Cover is beautiful.

  • lacy [a ravenclaw library]
    2018-12-29 21:09

    A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Ballantine Books for giving me an eARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes used are from the ARC version and are subject to change upon publishing date. tw: self harm, disordered eating, gruesome murder details, child abuse, marital discord/abuse Remember to be grateful, Natalie thinks, for every single day.I will be honest, friends. I have no idea where to begin with this book. All I know is that I loved every single minute of it and I didn't want it to end. I sat on the couch for 2(two) hours without looking up from my Kindle because I was that absorbed into this book and could not put it down. That hasn't happened to me in a long time. I could have easily read 200 more pages. Yeah, friends, is was that good. There were 5 (four) POVs total with one surprise POV (that I won't reveal). Catherine's POV was in first person, while Natalie's, Jake's and Frank's were in second. The addition of using second person made this book extra special and added a more sinister twist. The POVs would move to the next person when they found out something, which caused me anguish and forced me to continue to read to find out what happened. And I loved every minute of that. I honestly don't even know what I can tell you guys about this book because I don't want to spoil anything. Honestly, just go in completely blind. Don't even read the synopsis. But, please make sure your mental health is in a good spot. Natalie is very sick and talks in depth of her illness, which includes self harm and disordered eating. And also be prepared for some gruesome descriptions. I can handle a lot but with these descriptions, it made me feel kind of sick. I think I will end the review on that note. I don't want to spoil anything at all and if I continue to talk about it, I will spoil it. All I know is that I love this book and it has made its way into my top 10 of 2018 without a shred of doubt. I will be on the lookout for more work by this author. Her writing is absolutely breathtaking and oh so haunting. You will not be disappointed when you read this book.The only people who think there is a time limit for grief have never lost a piece of their heart.

  • Darcia Helle
    2018-12-17 01:02

    I had such high hopes for this book. The description on Amazon (which is currently different from the one here on Goodreads) focuses on Catherine and her Darknet-based, witness protection program called The Burial Society. This premise intrigued me, and apparently set my hopes too high for the story's content.This story has four narrators: Catherine's part is told in first person, and then we have three others told in third person. The chapters are quite short, with the narrators constantly alternating. I expected Catherine to be the main character, but her part is relatively small in comparison. We learn next to nothing about her. Her character is not well developed at all. We also learn little about The Burial Society, how it's run, and/or why Catherine decided to get involved in helping people disappear. Given that this is the aspect that drew me to the story, I was hugely disappointed. We spent a whole lot of time with Natalie narrating. She is a teenager who cuts herself and has an eating disorder. While these aspects are handled well, Natalie's part, for me, quickly became repetitive. We constantly wallow in teenage angst. Spending so much time with Natalie has the added misfortune of giving too many signs of the twists to come.I didn't like Frank, Natalie's uncle and another narrator, at all. He whines incessantly about his so-called misfortune, but does virtually nothing to help himself and little to help anyone else. He isn't much of a caretaker, in my view. I did find Jake, Natalie's brother, interesting, though his character is not fleshed out enough to really latch onto. The plot centers around the recent murder of Natalie and Jake's father and the not-so-recent murder of their mother. Catherine inserts herself into the drama to help. We also have a totally unnecessary subplot involving a woman Catherine is rescuing and the Russian mob, which felt totally implausible. I assume the subplot was intended to try to pull The Burial Society into the story, which could have been better served by focusing the main plot in that direction. The subplot wasn't developed enough, we didn't get to know the characters involved, and so it didn't add any suspense to the story but instead took away from it.In the end, I wasn't surprised by the twists. Clear signs are there throughout the story for anyone who cares to pay attention. And, since I didn't really get to know any of the characters well, aside from Natalie, I didn't really care about the outcome.*I was provided with an ARC by the publisher, via Amazon Vine, in exchange for my honest review.*

  • Elisa
    2019-01-13 19:49

    I loved Nina Sadowsky's debut so much that I had to read her new novel. It doesn't disappoint. It's addictive, suspenseful and full of twists. Catherine (no last name, no past, many aliases) helps people disappear. She doesn't just do it for the hefty paychecks but because she wants to help. She is smart, confident and underestimated (many think that she must be a man). She also lives in Paris, so as an added bonus we get to do sightseeing in this amazing city. Catherine only botched one job - and it seems to have come back to bite her. She will try to find out what happened and help the family (her unwitting victims), while also trying to pull off another job. Will her distraction with the old case cost her everything she's built? The characters are well defined and their backstories built up in a way that they are more than background or suspects. I hope we get to see more of Catherine in the future, this would be an awesome series. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley/Ballantine Books!

  • Shel
    2019-01-03 22:56

    Thank you to NetGalley and Random House/Ballentine Books for the ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. “The Burial Society” is a quick-paced thriller by author Nina Sadowsky. This is the second book by Sadowsky and while her debut novel, “Just Fall”, was an excellent read this book will make you a Sadowsky fan. The book reads very fast (most chapters are no more than 8-10 pages) so it’s the perfect book to pack for a beach vacation or long weekend. Thriller authors can occasionally throw too many details in a book or add character elements that bog down the story but this book did not have any of that. There was the perfect amount of “twists” in this book without getting redundant and even though it seems like you’ve figured this book on fairly early you really have no idea until the last few chapters. I look forward to reading Sadowsky’s next novel and you should definitely put her books on your TBR list.

  • Michelle Casper
    2018-12-26 02:58

    The story had lots of twists but ended too abruptly. I did enjoy the mystery that Nina wove.

  • BeaCharmed
    2019-01-03 01:06

    Review to come.

  • Jennie
    2018-12-23 22:04

    This book was interesting. I liked it, but it never really felt like it hit its stride completely. I kept wanting more more more and it didn't happen until the very end. Massive trigger warning for self harm.

  • Kimberley
    2019-01-13 00:48

    I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I had never heard of burial societies before reading this novel. Burial societies are defined by Wikipedia as, a form of friendly society. These groups historically existed in England and elsewhere, and were constituted for the purpose of providing by voluntary subscriptions for the funeral expenses of the husband, wife or child of a member, or of the widow of a deceased member. Some also allowed for insuring money to be paid on the death of a member.[1](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burial_...) Nina Sadowsky weaves a tale of a different kind of burial society. One that exists to bury people’s lives by creating a new existence for them. Our protagonist, Catherine, is responsible for moving women into these new lives. Catherine lives a vaporous existence. Always changing, always morphing into a new identity to preserve her own life. “I traffic in others’ secrets, but don’t want anyone knowing mine.” Every time she assists The Burial Society, she puts her own life in peril. Yet, this is her world. What she chooses to do make right the wrongs that exist for women.The Burial Society skillfully illustrates this hidden world by using a faceless, nameless narrator to tell the story of a family touched by tragedy. An extraordinarily dysfunctional family where every member has something to hide. With all the secrets, it’s hard to know who is innocent and who is guilty. But in their own ways, everyone is guilty of something. Jake, keeping his lifestyle secret. Frank, trying to protect his family. Brian, what all is he hiding? Natalie, so much to hide. This family on the surface appears to have it all. The longer you look, the more you can see the cracks and chips of damaged people.Ms. Sadowsky masterfully controls the story by only sharing bits at the right time. The writing is riveting. “Hands can do many things. Build a fire, make a sandwich, paint a landscape, toss a football, fly across a keyboard. Caress a lover, soap a back, rub out a solitary orgasm. Wield a razor, swing a baseball bat, punch a heavy bag. Pull a trigger. Choke a neck until all breath is stilled.”Wow. The unexpected elements of this story grab your attention and hold on tight. I don’t often have time to just sit and go through an entire book in a weekend, but I couldn’t put this one down. Forget the laundry and dishes and dinner, just read! Truly, you won’t be disappointed.

  • SmariesUpdates
    2018-12-27 03:46

    The Burial Society by Nina Sadowsky is a psychological thriller that will leave you with a desire for a sequel or even a prequel. I have to say, I do enjoy a good psychological thriller, and this was an exciting one with its many creative but plausible twist and turns.It starts out in Paris with Cathrine, the main character, being the head of secret Burial Society who saves women from a life of abuse. As many other reviews have mentioned, the first 20 pages or so are a little difficult to follow as the author jumps back and forth introducing the main characters with each chapter only a few pages at a time. While this is true, the author does have a consistency to inform you with each title giving you the person and point of view the chapter is told, as well as, the setting or theme. With this in mind, I eagerly suggest you don’t stop there. The short chapters certainly won’t stop there as they continue throughout the novel. Nevertheless, if you continue reading you will find out, the author delivers an eloquent and thorough illustration for each of the main characters. Furthermore, the short chapters turned out to be one of the books greatest aspects, for the life of a busy-single mom. It permitted the ease of opening the book at any given opportunity, short or long, to dive back into the story and find out more without feeling overwhelmed by the interruptions of “real life,” and the compulsion to stop at the end of a chapter. Subsequently, it also made it easy to say, “Just one more chapter,” while staying up a little later than expected to unveil and inevitably finish the last half of the book in just one evening. One personal observation, taking into account my opinion and mood at the specific time of reading this novel, with regard to a few sexual encounters (within the 1st 30 pages) I did not feel were specifically beneficial to the storyline. They were a little unexpected. I was glad they didn’t continue in the same nature. Side note, I do like to read the words on the page while simultaneously listening to the audio version. This could lead to a very awkward moment if you are not using headphones while reading/listening aloud.Overall, if Nina Sadowsky did decided to write a few more books about the, “This is a story for another time,” situations, I would love to read them.*** UPDATE: if you are still reading this; I just read, Nina Sadowsky has signed a deal to make The Burial Society the first of a 3 book series!!!***CAN’T WAIT!! Tick Tock, Tick Tock,...counting down the days, or months, or possibly years I guess.

  • Jennifer Shanahan
    2019-01-03 01:47

    WOW this book was really good once I got into it! It was a little slow to start because the narrator, Catherine was very mysterious and it was hard to tell if she was a good guy or a bad one. She has a really odd existence in that she changes personas all the time and travels all over kidnapping and blackmailing people. Which actually turns out not to be true. She is part of this secret society where she helps abused women and children disappear from their current life and escape into another life. And that is good. Her means maybe aren't the best but it makes for an enthralling action filled story! She gets involved with a family in which she was supposed to save the mother from a stalker and help her run away but failed because she had personal issues get in the way. The mother was murdered and she always felt guilty about it. She runs into the surviving family accidentally and gets involved in their current lives which is so interesting. I couldn't wait to get to the end. The writing is good, but the chapters are really short /quick and each in a different POV with only the narrator's being in first person. Took a little while to catch on but I loved the flow of the chapters and story once I did. I have never read a book that was set up like this and initially I didn't think I would read the whole thing but the more I read, the more I was intrigued--constant action. And I had no idea what was going to happen in the end until the end, which to me, makes a FABULOUS mystery. I love that the ending also leaves a possibility for a sequel while also pretty much neatly tying up the current plotline. GREAT BOOK! THANKS SO MUCH!!!!

  • Carla Suto
    2018-12-21 21:11

    THE BURIAL SOCIETY by Nina Sadowsky is an edgy psychological thriller based on family secrets, lies and betrayals. The Burial Society is a secret organization that helps people living in dangerous and abusive situations to put their past behind them and find a safe haven far from their former existence. Catherine is the leader of the organization. She orchestrates the “disappearances” and provides new identities for her clients. Each short chapter is told from a different character’s point of view. The story takes place mostly in the present where Catherine has by chance been drawn back into the lives of the husband and children of Mallory Burrows, a woman who reached out for help from The Burial Society three years prior, but never actually received it. Still, Mallory went missing at that time and is presumed dead. Another tragedy befalls the family while they are vacationing in Paris, where Catherine is based, and because of her guilt about Mallory, she feels compelled to investigate behind the scenes even though it could compromise her own cover. What follows is a fast-paced drama with many twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat right up to the dramatic and unexpected ending. Even at the end, there are a few questions left unanswered that keep the reader rethinking the clues along the way. This was an action-packed and intriguing book and I am grateful to have received an early reader copy from the author and publisher through NetGalley. I am a member of The Burial Society Launch Team on Facebook.

  • Kourtney Brennan
    2018-12-30 02:59

    ** I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.**3.5 StarsFirst I wanted to say that I was somewhat disappointed with the description of this book versus the actual book. According to the description, this book was supposed to be about Catherine and The Burial Society- a group that helps women get out of troubling situations, and relocates them- a black market witness protection program. However, the actual book is about Catherine's failed attempt to save a woman, leading to her death and ultimately her husband's. With that being said, the actual story in and of itself was rather exciting. The chapters are really short (which is good if you need a stopping place) and you get to read several characters points of view. I did find the ending to be a little obvious... I think too much was revealed towards the middle. My least favorite thing about this book was the side story about Catherine and the Russian woman she is in the process of saving. My understanding of this was to show how Catherine was supposed to help Mallory and expose you to The Burial Society, but it ended up making me confused and a little lost because it didn't help out the story at all. Overall, this was a great and easy read, it kept me interested, and the author finished the ending strong.

  • Sharon May
    2019-01-03 03:59

    Many thanks to NetGalley, Ballantine Books and Nina Sadowsky for the opportunity to read and review this book - I loved it and couldn't put it down!Like her first book, Just Fall, this is a finely-crafted psychological thriller but I liked it even better. Constructed with short chapters and alternating points of view, this story is spooled out in a unique and totally satisfying way. I especially loved the little precursors to each section.I don't want to give too much away because you need to just read this book without knowing much! Catherine is the "narrator" of this book and her portions of the story are told in first person. She is in charge of The Burial Society - a secret organization that takes women out of abuse situations and sets them up with new lives. The plot centers around the Burrows family - dad Brian, mom Mallory - who had gone missing previously and presumed dead, son Jake, daughter Natalie as well as Uncle Frank, Brian's brother. The rest of the chapters are told in the voices of this family. The family is in Paris for Brian's job when another tragedy befalls.There is a lot of mystery, secrets, intrigue going on in this book and I raced through it to figure it all out. Enough said - read it!

  • 2shay
    2019-01-11 22:00

    FLASHCARD..........This book is presented as just that, a series of flashcard looks at the lives and experiences of multiple characters, most “chapters” being only two or three pages long.FLASHCARD..........Catherine is the main character. She runs the Burial Society. She has an unhappy past that we learn little about. She is a master at her craft...according to her. Her initial purpose in this story is to rescue Elena from her abusive Russian husband.FLASHCARD..........The Burrows family becomes the center of the story. The mom, Mallory, is missing and presumed dead. The dad, Brian, successful and clueless. The uncle, Frank, who is Brian’s brother, is a complete disaster. The son, Jake, who might have been a great character, but failed this reader in the end. And the daughter, Natalie, who is a total whack job.FLASHCARD..........This story is a mess. Unbelievable and improbable. I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because the prose is good, the grammar is perfect and the formatting is flawless. One full star for the editors.FLASHCARD..........There are a lot of good books in the world, save your money for one of those and...Skip this one.2shay

  • Christie Sitterly
    2018-12-30 23:13

    The Burial Society by Nina Sadowsky is a thrill-a-minute type book in league with works such as Chris Bohjalian’s The Flight Attendant. You will not be able to put it down! Catherine is a multifaceted character who founded and runs a society that helps women escape from abusive situations. For the most part, she is disciplined, cold, and calculated, but in the course of her work, she became acquainted with the Burrows family, and cannot seem to let them go. The family is abroad for the summer when Natalie Burrows discovers that her father has been brutally murdered. She and her brother enlist the help of their Uncle Frank in order to navigate foreign legal waters. The reader soon discovers that none of the characters is who they seem. Sadowsky does a fantastic job of creating characters the reader first loves, then doubts. Clues from the past disappearance of Natalie’s mother intertwine with events of the present, sending the reader on a fast-paced enterprise to discover the truth.If you love mystery, intrigue, and psychological thrillers, this book is for you!

  • Rebecca Lyman
    2018-12-20 20:01

    I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.This book alternates between present day, when Natalie and Jake’s father is found murdered, and three years ago, when Natalie and Jake’s mother, Mallory, disappeared without a trace. The book also alternates between multiple different characters’ points of view, allowing the reader into multiple characters’ thoughts. The author did a great job of transitioning between time frames and mind sets but it was still a lot to keep up, so it did get a bit confusing at times. The plot also was really well done, and there were some great twists and turns in the book. It was just very sad, what happened to pretty much everyone in the book and all the events that occurred. But overall it was a really good story and I enjoyed it a lot.Catherine was my favorite character in this book. There were some vague references to what had happened to her in her past but I would’ve loved to get more details about her back story. Maybe that will be a sequel

  • Maranda
    2019-01-16 03:52

    Each chapter is told in a different characters' point of view. Not too confusing but left me not really getting a caring feeling toward any of the people involved. Murder, disappearances and lies told and uncovered made for some confusion to this reader. Typical family of four except abuse and mental illness makes for tragic outcomes. Catherine is a behind the scene guardian angel that helps women and children in abusive relationships escape. Her situation of many disguises and undercover network is the sane influence that drives the narrative but not enough background is revealed about her. It is a tale of burying the past to move forward into a brighter future. "A copy of this book was provided by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."