Title: The Tenth Circle
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publisher: Atria, 2006
Series: Stand Alone
Favorite Quote: "It's how I run away."
Synopsis: Fourteen year Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father, Daniels' life -- a straight A student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who's always seen her father as a hero. That is, until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence. Suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family -- and herself -- seems to be a lie. Could the boyfriend who once made Trixie wild with happiness have been the one to end her childhood forever? She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a seemingly mild-mannered comic book artist with a secret tumultuous past he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back to protect his daughter.
Review: As always, Ms. Picoult has written a novel that grabbed me and didn't let go. The story is heart-wrenching and heart-warming, scary and completely believable all at one time. It's a roller-coaster of a ride and not for the faint of heart. The subject matter was difficult, to say the least, but I still just couldn't put it down until I was done.
Rating: 8 / 10