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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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disappointed

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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  • 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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  • Ms. Suzanne G. Hazelwood
  • 28-03-22

Hard subject

i had a hard time with the lead character bei g 14, even if is reality today. The author always researches her subjects well, though.

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  • Pink Amy
  • 26-03-22

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I’m revisiting Jodi Picoult’s books on audiobook. I wish I had written a review when I first read THE TENTH CIRCLE a decade ago. A lot has changed in public opinion on consent with the #MeToo movement and mostly we’re moving in right direction, with occasional examples of over correction.

Nobody worried about high school freshmen and seniors dating when I was a teen, or teenagers dating college kids for that matter. In some states, it’s a crime. Trixie is an example of a freshman who should have never dated a senior. She was too emotionally immature, too easy to please him with sex. Their relationship would have been imbalanced even if they were the same age.

Trixie claims her ex Jason raped her, setting a series of catastrophic events. No means no. Every time. Even if you’ve said yes before. Even if you initially said yes, you can say stop. Unfortunately that doesn’t mean law enforcement, the legal system of public opinion will agree. Drugged women and girls can’t consent to sex, but men aren’t mind readers and if they think their partner is sober, she appears engaged and she never says no, is that rape? I don’t think it should be legally. The woman can call it what she wants to her therapist and do whatever she needs to heal. As a rape survivor, it’s hard for me to read a story about a girl who says she was raped when the guy had no idea, especially when they had consensual exes with benefits sex the week before. Jason is no hero. He’s careless with Trixie’s heart. He knows it and she knows it.

The most disturbing part of the story for me was Daniel’s EXTREME over interest in his daughter’s adolescence. He’s not exactly a helicopter parent, but he’s so enmeshed in her that felt emotionally incestuous to me (though his behavior isn’t sexually inappropriate). I didn’t like the parts of the story about eskimos and his cartoons.

The whole of THE TENTH CIRCLE was greater than the sum of its parts.

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  • BCGome
  • 26-02-22

Very Good!!!!

I found the author of this title to have done a great job of portraying or expressing the inner and external conflict often experienced by parents and children and between parents and children.
It also highlights how quickly and horribly situations and lies can spiral out of control.
I would recommend this title to anyone but especially to older teenagers who often may be confronted with making and coping with hard choices of youth.

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  • gmaerad
  • 27-08-21

Love Jodi Picoult!

I'm a true admirer of Jodi Picoult! The performer is pretty good. If you are a fan, give this book a try.

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  • ubritsa
  • 23-07-21

Not her best IMHO

I’ve listened to 6 or 7 of Jodi’s books, but this one I just could not get into. I don’t know if it was the characters or the story but it never gripped me. I could not see what was happening, and kinda didn’t care about what might happen either.
Sorry.
But it won’t stop me choosing Jodi’s stories. She’s (almost always) fantastic.