by Nina Sadowsky
**Book will be released 30-Jan-2018**
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.
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.