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by Laura Kasischke

A sudden death. In Godwin Honors Hall, the walls are draped in black. The college is in mourning for Nicole Werner, a blonde and beautiful prom queen who died in a car crash last semester. She was a straight-A student, and a prized member of the Virgin Sisters, the most powerful sorority on campus. A feverish obsession. Nicole's boyfriend Craig was at the wheel that night. He has no memory of the crash, but he is plagued by guilt. For as winter sets in and the nights darken, Nicole's death dominates college life. Candlelit vigils and fetishistic rituals become nightly events -and then the hauntings begin. A flicker of suspicion. Craig's roommate, Perry, doesn't believe in ghosts. A no-nonsense type who always thought Nicole was as manipulative as she was charming, he refuses to be swept up by the hysteria. But when he and his fellow sceptics join forces, he too sees Nicole's spirit in the crumbling college halls. Something very strange is going on...
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ISBN: 0857891545
ISBN13: 978-0857891549
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Laura Kasischke
Language: English
Publisher: Atlantic; Main edition (July 1, 2011)
Pages: 480 pages
ePUB size: 1351 kb
FB2 size: 1357 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 998
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I went into this book not knowing what it was about. It was recommended to me by a friend, of whose opinion I really trust when it comes to literature. The first half of this book is a little slow. The characters and plot are being laid out in a very meticulous matter. Almost like a puzzle. About half way through the book, the pace really begins to pick up! I read the last half in about two sittings. I could not put it down.

The language and the "sex scenes" were a little more explicit than I usually appreciate. However, I believe that it was needed in order to set the tone of evilness and corruptness that the author was trying to achieve.

Amazing read! You will not regret picking it up!
This story could have benefited from a much better editor. There are unfired Chekhov's guns lying all over the place in this book which needlessly extend the length. The prose is consistently thoughtful, though I do not think the author thought out either the plot tree or the ending. The last two hundred pages or so really could be rewritten with a better idea of denouement.

(Pharmacist hat on) Ah, scopolamine doesn't work that way. If you attempted to give someone that kind of a dose, the victim won't get retrograde amnesia (try methaqualone (extremely illegal) or midazolam (used precisely for that kind of effect)), but the victim will have the worst horror filled nightmare hallucinations and if kept up long enough, break their sense of reality. If those girls really did get those kind of doses, what a different and more interesting torture porn story could have been told.
Der Bat
I enjoyed the way the story unfolded. The manner in which the personalities of the different characters were revealed. But I was disappointed with the ending, with the lack of resolution.
I was definitely invested in the characters, which I suppose is the reason I felt somewhat let down by the ending. I guess I really didn't understand Nicole's motives as they related to Craig. Overall, though, it was a good book, and worth reading even if it left me feeling sad.
I really enjoyed this novel, but it left too many ends untied. I will read other books by Kasischke. Her poetic prose is lovely and haunting. Also, the focus on death and dying and culture was really interesting.
It was good enough that I have ordered four more of her works!
Ans the plot thickens.....I liked the story but a few times I felt like it jumped around a little to much.
This was a real page turner. Laura Kasischke always weaves a wonderful plot, combined with a poetic sense of language.