Title: Wear White to Your Funeral
Author: Lisa Acerbo
Publication Date: October 28, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
From the publisher—
She died wearing white, now it’s time for your funeral. Rory is your average high school senior. Or she was, until her mother banishes her to hell, also known as Trumbull, Connecticut. The small suburb with only a mall and movie theater, sure feels like the netherworld until Rory’s first day at her new school. That’s the day she meets Bowen, who begs her to join him on a class project. But when Bowen drags her to a graveyard after dark for research purposes, Rory wants to fly back home to Atlanta, or at least return to her aunt’s house unharmed and unmolested. Nothing could go wrong, right? They talk, they laugh, and they wander among the tombstones looking for information on the local ghostly legend known as the White Lady. Then they have to run, but they cannot outrun a ghost.
A half buried dead body and the ghostly apparition lead Rory and Bowen into a deadly game of cat and mouse, but who is the killer? Is it human or something long dead and otherworldly? The police are of little help, Rory’s aunt just wants her to remain safe, and Bowen, who she can’t stay away from, keeps finding ways to get her into more trouble than she has ever known. Whether breaking into a suspected killer’s house, being followed by a menacing ghost, or being stalked at school, Rory hopes finding the killer will put an end to the supernatural haunting. Before Rory can discover the identity of the killer, she is drawn into the mystery of the White Lady, which opens the door for some very real danger.
Rory is a girl from the big city and moving from Atlanta to a dinky town in Connecticut is definitely not her idea of a fun thing to do, especially since it’s her senior year in high school. There is absolutely nothing to do in Trumbull so, when she meets Bowen and gets partnered with him for a school project, at least life gets a little more interesting…until they see the woman in white in the cemetery one night. That ghost is nothing, though, compared to the body they practically fall over after Bowen convinces Rory to go back to the cemetery another night.
From that point on, this appealing pair of teens become more and more enmeshed in the mystery of the dead body but they can’t ignore what seems to have been a ghost. Are the body and the ghost connected in some way? Is there a human killer or perhaps something a bit more supernatural and is this adventure turning into an otherworldly nightmare?
Wear White to Your Funeral was a fun read that I found quite entertaining with a nice blend of adventure, suspense and romance along with just enough spookiness to add a touch of creepiness while the teens step further and further into danger. The actual mystery is a little lightweight but not so much that I couldn’t enjoy the story entirely and I’m really glad this book engaged me as much as an earlier one by Ms. Acerbo (https://cncbooksblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/book-review-remote-by-lisa-acerbo/) .
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, November 2016.
About the Author
Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.
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