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. In addition to the ghostly woman, a half buried dead body leads 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.
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4 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: Ghosts, Mystery, Scary, Supernatural, Teen--
Rory is forced to live in a another state with her aunt in the middle of her senior year of high school while her mom takes a job in Japan. She misses her friends, her sports, her car…pretty much everything having to do with her life. The one plus is the cute boy Bowen in her journalism class who wants to be partners on an assignment. Rory is willing to go along with his plans because she doesn’t want to risk losing a potential friend. Unfortunately, his plan leads them to a cemetery in the middle of the night to hunt for the White Lady, a local legend he wants to research. Rory is in over her head when not only do they encounter what could be the ghost, but they stumble over a person as well. Rory and Bowen have to figure out what they really saw before they become the next targets.
This was a really fast read for me. And yes, the book is a ghost/murder story (and a romance!), but it was also quirky, funny and sweet at times. There was a lot of growing up thrown in along the way, with Rory deciding what kind of person she wanted to be. I flew through the pages of the story in one sitting because I liked the characters and I wanted to know what would happen next. There was an engaging plot that helped to move the story forward at a good pace, but the character development of all the characters, not just Rory (who was the narrator) was well done and helped to give a well rounded story.
I think my biggest complaint with this book was that the killer was know by half way through the story, and really there were no other suspects that were even identified. Sure, the reader does not know the whys exactly of the murder, but it was laid out pretty well. I was expecting more mystery when it came to the murder, but the White Lady was te mystery here. Also, I wanted more when it came to the psychic. It was an interesting idea, but there was no follow up on him or what he did…to be honest, the way he was portrayed, I thought we would see him again.
Overall this was a cute teen book that I really enjoyed. I am pretty sure this is a standalone story, but the ending may have hinted at other ghostly visitors, so who knows. I can see this story appealing to someone looking for a teen romance, paranormal or suspense, because all three were in play here. This was my first book by this author but it won’t be my last.
I received this title from the author in return for my honest review.
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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