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...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 15/03/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780857891549
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Review by teresa1953
Nicole Werner is dead. She died, last semester, in a car crash…a borrowed car that was being driven by her boyfriend Craig. At the start of a new academic year, her college campus is in mourning and her sorority sisters have draped the halls in black. Nicole was beautiful and clever. Her death has changed everyone, but sadly, it has all but destroyed Craig. It doesn’t help that Nicole’s fellow students blame Craig for her death.Yet someone else was there that night when the accident took place and her version of events is remarkably different from the honour college’s take on things. Why would they want to alter the facts? Things become even weirder when Craig and his roommate Perry keep having sightings of Rachel. How can that be? Is it her ghost? Certainly, there are some strange goings on at Omega Theta Tau…the sorority hall where Nicole’s fellow Virgin Sisters conduct very odd, and seemingly dangerous, ceremonies. Then there is the beautiful Professor Polson who conducts classes concerning death and the rituals surrounding it. Perry doesn’t believe in ghosts…..so he is drawn to the Professor’s classes to try and find answers to the riddle of Nicole’s appearances. Their research leads to some alarming discoveries and it becomes apparent that all is not what it seems.An enjoyable read this one, but overly long and rambling in places. The ending is rather a disappointment also. The novel lacks structure and I found myself becoming bored in places. However, I think it would make a great movie. The plot is a good one, the execution not as great as I had anticipated.This book was made available to me, prior to publication, for an honest review.