White Rabbit is a YA novel written by Caleb Roehrig. I haven’t read any of his other books, but I was excited about the opportunity to read this one because the plot intrigued me.
Rufus is at a Fourth of July party when he receives a frantic phone call from his half sister. They don’t have much of a relationship, so Rufus knows that things must really be bad if April is reaching out to him. Rufus is less than thrilled that his ex-boyfriend Bash wants to come along, but since Bash is the one with a car, there isn’t much of a choice in the matter.
Rufus and Bash walk into a crime scene, and then they spend the rest of that one long night trying to figure out what happened at the lake house where they found April. They crisscross the town, interviewing and reinterviewing the other people who were at the lake house. Everyone has their reasons for being evasive, and truthfulness seems to come at a premium.
And of course, all that time alone in the car gives Rufus and Bash the opportunity to figure out what happened to their short relationship, and why things went wrong.
This was an amazing book. It’s very fast paced, and I loved that Rufus was such a smart protagonist. The plot was intriguing, and there was a mystery to solve, but Rufus’ wry sense of humor made the book even more enjoyable. It was a little bit more difficult to like Bash because he hurt our protagonist in the recent past, but he is equally as intriguing, and he has own obstacles to overcome. Roehrig has created an interesting dynamic with Rufus’ family dynamic, and his secondary characters all offer unique perspectives on the situation.
I would absolutely recommend White Rabbit. I read most of this book in one sitting. It was so exciting that I didn’t want to stop reading. I just had to find out what would happen next, both in terms of the big mystery and the frostiness between Rufus and Bash. It’s astounding that everything that happens (and so much happens) occurs over a single night. This is an epic book, and I am definitely going to seek out more of Roehrig’s books in the future.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book.