The Tenth Circle
In Picoult’s latest family drama, a shocking crime reveals the hidden violence beneath the surface of seemingly normal people. When 14-year-old Trixie Stone is raped by her ex-boyfriend at a party, she never dreams that the worst part will be after it’s over. As Trixie faces ostracism and abuse from her peers, her parents finally confront the deception and betrayal in their failing marriage. Meanwhile, a police investigation reveals that Trixie’s case isn’t as straightforward as it appears. A parallel narrative, drawn in comic-book format by Dustin Weaver, follows the metaphorical descent of Trixie’s father into Hell to rescue his daughter. Occasionally heavy-handed, this is a taut, well-written story of love and revenge.