The Burial Society

Nina Sadowsky
The Burial Society
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Ballantine Books
Release Date
January 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

A woman running from a dark past stumbles upon a tangled nest of seductions and secrets in this psychological thriller of obsession and betrayal.

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.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jan 30, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
78 people found the following review helpful
I've never read a psychological thriller before, but I was caught by the blurb's mention of a dark web. I had recently encountered it in a book, you see, and thought I might learn more about how it works and what it is really.

Sadly, it wasn't to be.

The Burial Society is an organization that helps women escape their abusers, and it has a presence on the dark web, by which women ask for help. That's it. The leader and agent for it is Catherine, who is one of the points of view of the story.

The story is about this woman--Mallory--who asked Catherine for help, but whose case ended in tragedy. Now, three years later, Catherine saw Mallory's family--husband and two kids--in Paris and wondered how they were, when the husband was killed, leaving two orphaned kids with only an uncle to help them, an uncle who had his own problems.

Who was the murderer? And what did he want?

I was displeased with the ending, because I thought it shouldn't be left like that. Real life already acts too often like that; I want everything tied neat and tidy with a nail on the coffin in my fiction. Unless there's a sequel?

Suffice it to say though, psychological thrillers don't seem to be my cup of tea, so I'm happy to leave it here. That said, the story was captivating, making you want to find out what actually did happen and who the perpetrator was. Depending on your experience with such books, you may be pleasantly surprised or find it predictable.
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