The Burial Society by Nina Sadowsky #bookreview #thriller


Title: The Burial Society

Author: Nina Sadowsky

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publication Date: January 30, 2018

Page Count: 336

My rating:  3 stars

About the book:

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.


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.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon


About the author:

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 Cinematic Arts program, teaching both script development and producing. She has also served as adjunct faculty at Syracuse University’s Semester in L.A. and has been a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia College Chicago’s semester in L.A. program. Sadowsky is also proud to be serving as a mentor for the Humanitas Prize’s New Voices initiative. She is also excited to be newly accepted into International Thriller Writers, Inc.

She is recently married to businessman Gary Hakman, with whom she shares two children and two stepchildren, living proof that a second marriage is a trumph of optimism over experience.




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11 replies

    • Thanks Holly! This one just didn’t seem anything like the synopsis to me, it’s almost like they wrote that up just so you know who the heck Catherine even is since it has a confusing start.

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