The Burial Society

The Burial Society

by Nina Sadowsky


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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.

Praise for The Burial Society
“A complex but strangely exciting thriller.”Booklist

“A deeply unsettling, compulsively entertaining Rubik’s Cube of a novel . . . Every time you think you’ve unlocked the puzzle, Nina Sadowsky introduces a new twist that makes you start guessing all over again.”—Michelle Richmond, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Fog and The Marriage Pact
The Burial Society is a twisty, ever-deeper, can’t-let-go read! The heroine can trust no one as she struggles to help abused and endangered women in a world of secrets and shadows. . . . A dynamite psychological thriller by a new master of the genre.”—Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Darkness
“Addicting and chilling . . .  a smart, sophisticated, terrifying trip to the City of Light.”—Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425284377
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: The Burial Society , #1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Nina Sadowsky has written numerous original screenplays and adaptations for such companies as The Walt Disney Company, Working Title Films, and Lifetime Television. She was the executive producer of The Wedding Planner, has produced many other films, and was president of Meg Ryan’s Prufrock Pictures. Sadowsky is currently an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, teaching both script development and producing. This is her second novel.

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Burial societies exist across cultures.

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The Burial Society: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Littlebookpage More than 1 year ago
Nina Sadowsky's Vividly descriptive writing will have you lurking around the corners of dark and seedy Parisian streets. Her intense characters keep the pages turning late into the night. A true "who done it" until the end. ..but is it really the end of the story? At first I was a bit confused as all the characters were introduced. I feel like a little more backstory might have grabbed me better in the beginning but Nina Sadowsky tells her tale present to past and it only took a couple chapters to feel engaged and the fast paced continual switch of plot kept me wanting to turn page after page! A must add to your TBR! #theburialsociety #ninasadowsky
Storm992472 More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Nina Sadowsky, I enjoyed this book even though it was hard to follow. Short chapters, different narrations by different characters kept it hard to follow in my opinion. There were lots of lies, twists and turns to keep you from putting it down. This book kept you guessing until the end. If you like Psychological Thriller Mysteries this book is for you. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House/Ballentine Books for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
KimBnAZ More than 1 year ago
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] (" 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.
CarolD59 More than 1 year ago
The Burial Society is a psychological thriller that had me turning pages late into the night. The Chapters are short which makes for quick reading. Some of the chapters go into the past to fill us in the background of the characters. The story is told in alternating voices of Catherine, Frank, Jake and Natalie. This book is dark at times and contains secrets, lies, grief, mental illness, and murder. The plot twists will keep you guessing to the end. Thank you Nina Sadowsky, the publisher, and netgalley for an ARC of the book and this is my honest review
DianeD54 More than 1 year ago
The Burial Society is a fast-paced, edge of your seat type of psychological thriller. I loved everything about this story right from the start. However, it left me wanting more - in a good way!! I would love to know more about Catherine, the main character and also the burial society itself.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
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."
teachlz More than 1 year ago
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–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.