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New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult shares a powerful novel about the unbreakable bond between parent and child, the temptation to play God, and the dangerous repercussions.

Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father Daniel's 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.

With The Tenth Circle, Jodi Picoult offers her most powerful chronicle yet as she explores the unbreakable bond between parent and child and questions whether you can reinvent yourself in the course of a lifetime - or if your mistakes are carried forever.

©2006 Jodi Picoult. All rights reserved. "Magic Words" (c)1967, 1968 Educational Development Center, Inc. (www.edc.org) (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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I have read many of this authors books but I really didn't enjoy this one, I felt like the ending was left in mid air and tge characters never really developed.

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  • swaz410
  • 17-04-18

Definitely not one of her best

I LOVE Jodi Picoult books and have gone through almost all of them. This was probably by far the most disappointing. I completed the whole book, out of devotion to the author, and also with the hopes that it might get better...but it didn't. The story wasn't as captivating as her stories usually are. The setting was dreary and without the usual jaw-dropping twists and turns her books normally have, ended up just making the whole plot depressing and boring. The twists that were present were not too surprising. I did enjoy the dynamic between father and daughter throughout the whole story. That and the amazing performance by the narrator were probably the only redeeming aspects of this book.

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  • M. Mckinney
  • 17-05-18

not my favorite

love jodi pocoult! this was good but definitely not my favorite! too slow and harder to follow

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  • Marie
  • 18-06-18

Thought provoking

I loved the story from page one. I didn't want to put the book down. The story was compelling and believable. It could just as easily be my story, or my neighbors....I’ll be thrilled to read more!

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  • Elese Newman
  • 14-06-18

Dark and depressing

The first Picoult novel I listened to was Small Great Things. It was such a moving and transformative story, and though full of tragedy was, I thought, optimistic at its core.

The problem with reading such a novel is that I expect the same from other works by the author. I did not find that in The Tenth Circle. Maybe it was because it was one of her earlier works. Maybe it was my frame of mind when I listened to it. But I couldn’t finish it. The tragedy was that intense and, in keeping with themes of the story, cut too deep.

It’s a story that needs to be told and one that needs to be heard. Someday I may try to finish it. I would just warn potential readers that this is not a light read .

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  • Elyse
  • 30-04-16

Worth the read!

I Love Jodi Picoult the most because of her unpredictability! This story was not one of my favorites, but did not disappoint in the predictability area! The narrator was annoying to listen to, especially when she changed her voice to the men in the story. Overall, worth reading or listening to!

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  • Jessica Perez
  • 26-02-21

Best yet

Jodi you are a genius!!! Thank you for being honest and upfront about REAL issues. Thank you for taking into consideration different cultures and ways of life!!

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  • Alissa Snyder
  • 26-08-20

Excellent story and performance

I loved this story, along with all the others by Jodi Picoult. This story captured my attention right away and the beautiful performance made it near impossible to stop listening. Excellent story!

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  • Breanna S
  • 14-07-20

Not her best book

I love Jodi Picoult but I would have to say this book is only ok. I was not a fan of the main character.

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  • Louissa Jasper
  • 01-07-20

Not my favorite

I love Jodi Picoult, she is, and always will be my favorite author. That being said; this is not her best work. The story has substance and is well written with obvious research into the subject matters, per usual for this author. But it still felt lacking somehow. Like I was always missing some detail, or not getting all the information. I also felt the ending was lacking. Wish it would have gone on a little further.

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  • ru1384
  • 19-02-20

Not her best

I am a fan but this was not her best. It was just ok, a little predictable. Narrator was good.