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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Tenth Circle - Jodi Picoult

I finally finished reading The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult and boy am I glad it is over with! I've always thought that Picoult's books are either hit or miss and this book proves to be a huge MISS! What we have is a book that deals with date rape, a father/daughter relationship, identity issues, infidelity, friendship and loyalty and so much more packed into a mishmash of flashbacks, comic book pages, and the revelation of what happened to Jason Underhill (the rapist). All of these topics alone make for a great novel, but Picoult just does not seem to get the recipe right. Its hard to describe what exactly she gets wrong in the story. The writing is good and the idea of inserting Daniel's comic, Wildclaw, into the book seems an interesting move - however I found it to be annoying and distracting. And no I didn't comb through the comic to find out what the hidden message is (apparently Picoult inserted a hidden message throughout the comic and you can go to her site to find out if you are right). As for the characters - what a disappointment! I found them to be trite and completely unsympathetic and therefore I could not muster an ounce of interest in any of them. I honestly had to make myself finish the book and even then I had to skim over the comics and some sections of the book that just bored me.
I don't really even care to talk about the book anymore, but I suppose I should provide some sort of summary, so here goes: Trixie Stone is date raped at a friend's party and the only people that believe her, are her parents. The entire town believes that Jason Underhill is innocent and that Trixie cried rape because she regretted having sex with Jason. Her parents, David and Laura, are having marital problems of their own - Laura has been having an affair with one of her graduate students. The cops believe that Jason is innocent, but continue to investigate the rape case, until Jason is found dead beneath a bridge. At first glance it appears to have been a suicide, but the more evidence that appears, it is soon apparent that Jason Underhill was not alone at the bridge and that someone pushed him over. David admits to fighting with Jason the night of his death, but does not confess to murder. Trixie is tired of everything going on at home so she runs away to Alaska (where David is originally from). Laura and David slowly begin to communicate again and find themselves searching for their daughter and praying she is safe. The detectives decide to follow the parents, believing they will be lead them to Trixie (whom they now believe to be behind Jason's murder). In Alaska, David confronts his past and is reunited with his family. The police arrest Trixie for Jason's murder and David confesses to the murder. Laura also confesses to the murder. In the end we find out that Laura was on the bridge that night and that Jason fell over the bridge and she tried to help him up, but wound up letting go of his hand. The end.
Okay, so that is over with. The only benefit from reading the Picoult book is that I can use it to cross another one off of the Clear Off Your Shelves reading challenge and the Fall/Winter Challenge - so, yay me!! Now, I can finish reading The Lace Reader. I still haven't finished S&S&Sea Monsters or In The Woods - truthfully, I'm just not into them at the moment, so, I suppose I will finish them whenever I get to them again. As for the 100 Mile Fitness Challenge - lets just say that I am a tad behind on my miles. I'm hoping to make them up this week!!
Ta for now and Happy Reading!!!

9 comments:

Lisa said...

I'm wondering if the reason that Piccoult is hit and miss is that she's just trying to turn out too many books too fast while still packing in a controversial subject that she tries to explore from both sides.

Holli said...

I have to completely agree with you on this book.... I hated the comic thing and never even read it, the characters all came off like assholes, and by the end of the book I just was glad to be done with it.

Aths said...

I agree with you. I really despised this book. I just couldn't get through the characters. Trixie freaked me out. Sadly this was the first Picoult I read and it seriously disappointed me, but I've moved on to her other books.

Nadia said...

Lisa - I think you are right! Picoult is the type of author who likes to churn books out every year, which gets me to thinking she doesn't really give herself the chance to develop a new concept or take an old idea even further - which is disappointing, because then all of her books are the same.

Holli - I know, right! The comics are so boring! And the characters are complete prats - how could anyone empathize with them? Ugh!! So glad to be done with it!!

Aths - That really rots that this was the first Picoult book you read, because it does not really show that she can produce some really good books (like Nineteen Minutes). Glad you decided to try her other books - did you like any of them? Which ones?

chanel said...

too bad the fathers name is daniel not david you fucking retard adn the book is good just because you dont think it is doesnt mean anything..

Anonymous said...

I think this is the type of book that attracts and is aimed towards the teenage audience, and I think Picoult does a good job of conveying some interestng ideas around rape.

Anonymous said...

I've actually enjoyed the book. yes, it was tedious when trixie was in Alaska. the comic was interesting, the levels of hell. i think that it could have been given more time to create but overall the novel was really intersting, the different charecters. the different scene's that were placed in my head while i was reading, she actually put letters in the comic to find and put together, that sums up the summary of the whole book. i think that this book was really captive, even though there were some very boring parts. the book was good. but i agree with anonymous, i am a 'teenage audience'

stephanie g said...

I actually liked this book until the end... Way to many loose ends. I would have liked to know about the future of their family...

ash said...

have read most of her books and I have to say I was disappointed by the way she ends each novel.would like to see her add a few more chapters and more detail on the life of her caracters after the fact