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The Burial Society

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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  450 ratings  ·  129 reviews
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 i
Published January 30th 2018 by Ballantine Books
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
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 th ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 especial
Holly  B

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
Erin Clemence
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
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 tee
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
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 seve
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 Par ...more
Carlene Inspired
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 ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A woman finds her father dead in a hotel room in Paris. Was he murdered? Her mother disappeared years ago. The woman scours Paris for answers.

Pretty shallow, I thought.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
3.5 Stars

The 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 wat
Donna Hines
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
Linda Zagon
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
IMG_1744My Review of “The Burial Society” by Nina Sadowsky

WOW! 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–
Janet Newport

Short, choppy chapters, flat and unlikeable characters, designer names dropped, gratuitous sex scenes, and NO REAL TENSION!
Book Him Danno
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wr
Darcia Helle
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 alte
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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 - a ...more
Sandra Miller
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Breaking from traditional structure, Nina gives multiple characters their own narratives in bursting short chapters, creating a true page-turner, while the protagonist, Catherine, takes the reader through the journey of her work in the underground network, The Burial Society, rescuing abused women and children. The story becomes an intricate web of past acts coming to roost on the present when Brian Burrows is murdered in Paris. Catherine works behind the scenes to protect Brian's barely-adult c ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 t
Michelle Casper
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story had lots of twists but ended too abruptly. I did enjoy the mystery that Nina wove.
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.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers, 2019-reads
I am quite conflicted over this book. I love the idea of this secret witness program but it got side railed by another storyline. And though the ending was not what I expected and i do like it, I do not fancy the narration by Catherine. There’s too many lines of “ that’s a story for another time” in it.
And I came to the conclusion that I do not like stories with alternate narration. This doesn’t work for me and I get very irritated.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was good. I like the character Catherine a lot. What's weird is I had this book on my TBR pile and when I picked it up and research the author, I found that her 2nd book to this series was just released the day before. So I ordered the 2nd book the next day and started this one. I think this would be a good Netflix type movie. I should be getting the 2nd book here in two days and this will be one of the first back to back book series I have read. Hope the second one is as good as this ...more
lacy white
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
Sharon May
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ju
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

DNF @ 15%

I gave up on this book ultimately because there was no depth to the characters. The short chapters did nothing to endear me to the characters. I'm not saying that short chapters in general aren't great, but that the way things were written I was never able to break through to any depth of the characters. Also, it felt like so many narrators and so much going on, when really not much has truly going on-- there was n
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok

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.


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.


The Burrows family become
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-read
*trigger warning**Self Harm

To be honest this book wasn't horrible, it wasn't great, not something I would wholeheartedly recommend over and over to the right person. It was just blah. I was expecting more on the "Burial Society" side versus what I got. It was hard to jump through so many characters point of views with every chapter and found myself struggling at first. I almost didn't finish it and when I did, I felt nothing...nothing...I can't remember the last time reading a book and literally
Myrna Gottlieb
I received a free copy of The Burial Society by Nina Sadowsky from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed the book. It was definitely a page-turner; and the plot was not inspired by Gone Girl, as with so many books I've been reading, which is a plus.

However, I was put off by the author's choice of writing style- all short short chapters, sometimes just 2 or 3 pages, narrated in the first person by a different character at different periods of time,from different locations: Connecti
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 pa
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Nina R. Sadowsky's eclectic career has spanned work as an entertainment lawyer, a producer, a film executive, a screenwriter, a director and a film professor. She has written numerous original screenplays and adaptations and done rewrites for such companies as The Walt Disney Company, Working Title Films, and Lifetime Television.

She is currently serving as adjunct faculty at USC’s School of Cinem

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