Sunday, December 12, 2010

2010 book 286

Laura Kasischke's The Raising
A year ago, beautiful angelic college sophomore Nicole Werner died in a car accident, and this story focuses on a few people affected by that accident--her boyfriend, Craig, who was driving; his roommate and her childhood friend Perry; Shelly, the woman who was first on the scene of the accident, and who knows the accounts of what happened are totally inaccurate; and Mira, a professor with a troubled marriage who teaches a seminar on Death mythology that Perry decides to take. Of course, things are never that simple, and what seems like a fairly standard take on college life and grieving quickly takes a very creepy turn (comparisons to Donna Tartt are somewhat apt). The truth is not too hard to figure out, and I will admit that the conclusion is far-fetched, but that doesn't make things any less creepy or disturbing. Very enjoyable read, especially on a dark, cold winter night. A-.

(An e-galley was provided by the publisher.)

1 comment:

ChrissyMcBookNerd said...

Interesting! I'm just starting this one now :)