By Mary Amato
Published by Carolrhoda Lab
on September 1, 2018
When Lacy wakes up dead in Westminster Cemetery, final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, she's confused. It's the job of Sam, a young soldier who died in 1865, to teach her the rules of the afterlife and to warn her about Suppression--a punishment worse than death.
Lacy desperately wants to leave the cemetery and find out how she died, but every soul is obligated to perform a job. Given the task of providing entertainment, Lacy proposes an open mic, which becomes a chance for the cemetery's residents to express themselves. But Lacy is in for another shock when surprising and long-buried truths begin to emerge.
This was a really intriguing book. I liked the premise and was excited to read it, but it took me a while to get into it. It’s a bit quirky, with the narrator speaking directly to the reader, but I generally liked it.
I really wanted to know what happened to Lacy the night she died, and I really liked the way some of the cemetery residents began to open up after Lacy joined them.
This was a fun, quick read and it was one of the more unique books I’ve read this year. I just didn’t get a deeper connection to it.