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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,297 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Kasischke Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The accident was tragic, yes. Bloody and horrific and claiming the life of a beautiful young sorority girl. Nicole was a straight-A student from a small town. Sweet-tempered, all-American, a former Girl Scout, and a virgin. But it was an accident. And that was last year. It’s fall again, a new semester, a fresh start.

Craig, who has not been charged with murder, is focusing on his classes, and also on avoiding Nicole’s sorority sisters, who seem to blame him for her death even though the police did not.

Perry, Craig’s roommate, is working through his own grief (he grew up with Nicole, after all, and had known her since kindergarten) by auditing Professor Polson’s sociology class: Death, Dying, and the Undead.

Mira has been so busy with her babies—two of them, twins, the most perfect boys you could imagine but still a nearly impossible amount of work even with Clark’s help—that she can barely keep herself together to teach (Death, Dying and the Undead), let alone write the book she’ll need to publish for tenure.

And Shelly, who was the first person at the scene of the accident, has given up calling the newspapers to tell them that, despite the “lake of blood” in which they keep reporting the victim was found, the girl Shelly saw that night was not bloody, and not dead.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Haunting, unsettling, and unforgettable, The Raising limns love, longing, belonging, and the things we only think we know about life—and yes, death. Told in knockout, shimmering prose, it’s a literary mystery that’s as hypnotic as it is brilliant.”

    Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

  • The Raising is that rare thing: a literary novel disguised by splendid prose that is also a down-and-dirty page-turner, a creep show featuring empty caskets and walking corpses. It’s as if The Grapes of Wrath had been written by H.P. Lovecraft.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Dark, disquieting…starts off as a tragic love story—beautiful sorority girl killed in a car accident—then is skillfully transformed into a thoroughly modern ghost story. Each character is haunted by the memories and repercussions of that night. Lyrical, layered, and riveting to the final page.”

    Family Circle

  • “Gripping…[Kasischke’s] straightforward prose is the perfect foil for her vividly rendered details and dark humor…smart, dark, and fun.”


  • “I tore through this book. It was creepy. It was suspenseful. It was annoying and salacious. I loved it…Part murder mystery, part vampire novel, and part teenage dream…We couldn’t put it down.”

    Nylon magazine

  • “Kasischke delivers a satisfying…novel that’s both gothic romance and coming-of-age tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kasischke excels at depicting the psychology of the young and the traumatized even as she delivers a scathing indictment of the siege mentality of college administrators. In this literary page-turner…the talented author inlays her academic novel with a touch of the supernatural and a deep sense of foreboding.”


  • “From the first page of The Raising, Laura Kasischke tells a story of great weight and wicked beauty…Don’t bother trying to put it down; it will call you back, and you’ll go. Surrender. You’ll be glad you did.”

    Amy MacKinnon, author of Tethered

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lois | 2/18/2014

    " This book is too bizarre. I almost stopped reading it multiple times until I finally got to about page 200. Then I just kept going to see if the truth finally was exposed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angela | 2/15/2014

    " This book started off with a lot of mystery and intrigue and kept me going until the very last part of the book. It has 5 parts, the first 4 are fairly fast paced, really interesting, and everyone has an interesting story. Each character is developed fairly well and the reader easily gets a sense of who they are. The whole book is written in a way where I was wondering what was going on. Who was playing with whose mind, were things as they seemed or was there something much more sinister going on. I liked how the author tried to portray that each person deals with death differently. However what I didn't like is that in the end she made it seem like we all deal with it the same, which wasn't her initial concept, not in my mind anyway. Regardless of what you believe is going on, what I don't like is the Universities reaction to all of the events going on. It's hard for me to believe that a small University city would be so completely controlled by a sorority. The paper, the police, University big wigs? Yeah, I don't think so. I didn't like the sheer stupidity of some of the characters either, especially when in most other aspects in their life they are intelligent capable beings. The fifth part of the book leaves the conclusion open ended. It's clear that a cover up happened, but I would have liked more information on why the sorority did things in the way that they did things. Their way seemed a lot more complex and unnecessary. I felt the ending was a cop out, and that the author could have done more to tie up loose ends. I realize some authors like to leave the loose ends in order for the reader to make their own interpretation, but I've never been a big fan of that style of writing. It just seems like such an easy way for the author to write without having to actually think of a solid conclusion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kathy Schroder | 1/29/2014

    " Please don't let me read another book from this author. The plot always reels me in and then it is dragging, dragging forever with not a very exciting ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by J | 1/23/2014

    " Really wanted to like this book because of the local author and setting ... so NOT my kind of book though! "

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