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Last year Godwin Honors Hall was draped in black. The university was mourning the loss of one of its own: Nicole Werner, a blond, beautiful, straight-A sorority sister tragically killed in a car accident that left her boyfriend, who was driving, remarkably—some say suspiciously—unscathed.

Although a year has passed, as winter begins and the nights darken, obsession with Nicole and her death reignites: She was so pretty. So sweet-tempered. So innocent. Too young to die.

Unless she didn’t.

Because rumor has it that she’s back.

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LAURA KASISCHKE (pronounced Ka-ZISS-kee) was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.She has published eight novels, two of which have been made into feature films—“The Life Before Her Eyes,”and “Suspicious River”—and eight books of poetry.She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as several Pushcart Prizes and numerous poetry awards and her writing has appeared in Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Harper’s and The New Republic.She has a son and step-daughter and lives with her family and husband in Chelsea, Michigan.