BOOK CLUB: THE RAISING
scary, spooky, sexy... our can't-put-it-down pick for spring.
The book had occupied most of my weekend, turning it into one of those Saturday-Sunday double headers where I only took reading breaks for brunch and heated "you're too good for him" text messages. I tore through this book. It was creepy. It was suspenseful. It was annoying and salacious. I loved it. By the next Monday, Liza did too. "Oh my gosh," she said, returning the book to my desk. "That was so scary. I couldn't stop reading it!"
Written by Laura Kasischke, who specializes in voyeur-murder stories like The Life Before Her Eyes, The Raising takes place on a small college campus with a particular obsession: untimely death. A year before the story starts, the school's star pupil (who's also, of course, a lithe virginal blond) is killed in a drunk driving accident. At least, that's the story according to the cops, the local newspaper, and the student body.
But when an overachieving professor, a lonely student, a drug dealer, and a secretary all have the same dream about the dead girl - who's startlingly alive in their visions - the university's safe and hallowed halls turn upside-down.
Cleverly threaded with folk tales and myths of different cultures - told by the professor during her lecture classes - The Raising is part murder mystery, part vampire novel, and part teenage dream.
If you can't tell; we couldn't put it down.
The Raising is on Amazon for $10.