Burn Our Bodies Down
Burn Our Bodies Down
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Annotation: "[A] deliriously creepy tale...that'll keep your nightmares up at night." --Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling a... more
Catalog Number: #206706
Format: Library Binding
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 342 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-525-64563-2
ISBN 13: 978-0-525-64563-4
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019040831
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A 17-year-old Nebraska girl’s desperate search for her roots takes her down a path more twisted than she could have imagined.Margot Nielsen has lived her whole life under the thumb of her emotionally distant, manipulative mother and her strange set of rules. They have no connections to any family that Margot is aware of, but when a clue about their family history surfaces, Margot follows it. She finds the grandmother her mother never wanted her to know living on the family homestead in an economically depressed town where the Nielsen name seems to be shrouded in a cloud of suspicion that inspires trepidation among locals. Despite ominous foreshadowing, Margot still longs to find in her stoic grandmother, Vera, the love and connection that have been withheld from her. Their relationship is quickly complicated by a fire on the farm that results in the death of a girl with an uncanny physical resemblance to Margot—and whose existence her grandmother refuses to explain. Tension builds as the questions pile up, though the clues do not keep pace with the gaping concerns that readers are forced to grapple with. What could have been a tightly paced thriller suffers from pacing issues and plot holes along with thin character development and repetitive language. All major characters are white.A sinister story about the vicious cycle of generational abuse that falters under the weight of an unwieldy plot. (Fiction. 14-18)
Publishers Weekly
For Margot Nielsen, 17, it-s always just been her and her mother, Jo. Nearly identical down to the gray streaks in their hair, the two share a cramped one-bedroom apartment. Margot-s mother insists that she follow very specific rules: keeping a candle lit, and never asking about her father or her mother-s family. After a fight with Jo, Margot heads to the pawn shop to repurchase one of her mother-s trinkets as a means to apologize; there,
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Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 9-12
Lexile: HL620L

"[A] deliriously creepy tale...that'll keep your nightmares up at night." --Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls comes a feverishly 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, struggling to get along. But that's not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she may have just found the answer: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Only, when Margot gets there, it's not what she bargained for.

As soon as they see her face, everyone in town knows who Margot belongs to. It's unmistakable--she's a Nielsen. And when a mysterious girl who could be Margot's twin is pulled from a fire, Margot realizes that her mother left Phalene 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.

Praise for Wilder Girls:

"Fresh and horrible and beautiful....readers will be consumed and altered by Wilder Girls."-NPR

"This thrilling saga...is sure to be one of the season's most talked-about books, in any genre."--EW

"The perfect kind of story for our current era."--Hypable

"Your new favorite book."--Cosmopolitan

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