Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Review: The Raising

Synopsis from Amazon:   
Set in and around the campus of a fictional midwestern university, Kasischke’s eighth novel centers on a tragic car accident that has taken the life of beautiful, straight-A student Nicole. A year later, her sorority sisters are still up in arms and lay the blame for Nicole’s death on her boyfriend, Craig, who, they claim, is an irresponsible rich kid. But Craig’s roommate, Philip, who grew up with Nicole, has begun to think that she is not really dead and approaches his sociology professor, who is teaching a class on death, for help. Meanwhile, a witness to the accident has given up trying to straighten out the many erroneous newspaper accounts stating that Nicole was found covered in blood, for the girl she saw was not bleeding and not dead.

My review:
This book pulled me in from the very beginning and did not let go.  I did not want to put it down.  It was very well written.  Overall I loved the book, but I did have a couple of problems with it.  Throughout the book there were quite a few instances of the author repeating herself that annoyed me.  The other thing that disappointed me was the ending.  Through the whole book the characters are trying to figure out exactly what happened to Nicole and why, but the ending is abrupt and the reader never really finds out what happened.  I really loved this book and I am excited to read the author's other works. 

4 stars

I won this book in a blog giveaway.


  1. Too bad the ending disappointed, but yay for books that pull you in from the beginning! (Actually that's a pretty good description -- on both counts -- for the last book I reviewed, Long Gone.)

  2. Sounds like a book I would like except for the ending. Glad you mostly enjoyed it though.