THE FUNERAL (The Waiting 1.5) by Elizabeth Burgess & Marie Hewes – BOOK REVIEW

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THE FUNERAL – Book 1.5 of The Waiting Series

Authors: Elizabeth Burgess and Marie Hewes

Publication Date: October 31, 2014

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Type of Book: eBook – Novella

Length: 107 pages

Intended Readers: Adults 18+

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This novella is a follow-up to the first book in THE WAITING Series.

* WARNING* This novella will not make much sense if readers have not read THE WAITING first. To understand exactly what is happening with each of the characters and how they came to this point in their lives is essential to truly appreciate the storyline.

THE WAITING is complex and has a complicated plot with a large cast of characters.

At the end of THE WAITING Arianne has found her oldest son shot in the entrance to her home. He dies en route to the hospital and the ambulance is involved in an accident torching the van along with it’s occupants.

Arianne may have fought with Nash, even despised him at times, but he was her son and she loved him deeply and unconditionally.

Andrew and Arianne had just decided to give their damaged 26 year marriage a chance. Andrew had promised to try to be a better husband and father.

Gregory found out that his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany was pregnant with his child. (Readers know she isn’t really pregnant) He was in love with Arianne and she loved him but it was Tiffany’s pregnancy and Arianne’s belief in familial duty that prompted her to return to Andrew rather than to seek happiness with Gregory. She loved him enough to let him go so that he would have a chance at his own family and happiness. Gregory does not love Tiffany but he recognizes that Nash’s death has changed everything.

Arianne is going to be arrested for the murder of her son and both Andrew and Gregory know that she did not kill him, but they need to discover who is actually responsible.

Millie was in love with Nash even though he was her ex-husband’s son. She is racked with guilt and remorse. No one knows that it was her plan to have Nash’s brother Reece killed that went horribly wrong and instead ended in the death of her beloved.

All of this and a illegal organ transplant ring that involves multiple hospitals and even multiple states. This story has it all.

You can see what I mean when I say the plot is complicated and the cast of characters large and complex and even with all the facts I just listed, I have left out quite a few details and even failed to mention several key characters.

This series is a terrific read. The authors have managed to create an amazing story that will keep you reading long into the night.

The convoluted relationships may seem unrealistic, but once you read the books you will begin to understand exactly how it is that they came about. The authors have done an incredible job of delving into people’s psyches and detailing what makes them tick.

This novella is a terrific addition to the series and I am excited to read Book Two.

I rate this novella as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

NOTE: This book is intended for mature readers due to adult scenes, situations and language.


Elizabeth Burgess and Marie Hewes have been best friends since the ages of six and four. They both live with their partners in Louisiana. THE WAITING is their first book.

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