As with all Jodi Picoult books, The Tenth Circle features a moral dilemma, this time about date/rape and explores the relationship between a father and his daughter. Daniel’s life is thrown into turmoil when his 14-year-old daughter Trixie is date/raped and all the pent up anger he has worked so hard to tame over the years, threatens to spill out once more, revealing his past and affecting his relationship with his daughter.
Trixie is in love for the first time with Jason, star hockey player and when their relationship ends, she becomes depressed, feels out of control (so begins to self harm) and desperate to do whatever it takes to get him back, deciding to take her best friend Zephyr’s questionable advice.
Confessing what has happened at the party to her father, opens up more secrets than she would have expected, including her mothers’ duplicity, her fathers’ past and the stigma of reporting a rape when you are not being completely honest.
Daniel is a graphic artist and the addition of comic strips to the book work really well (though I did struggle with the written speech as I was reading the book on Kindle and I think the font sizes needed to be bigger to be honest), as we get his version of the story (helped ably by Dante’s Inferno) alongside Trixie’s ,as he vents his emotions through his drawings (not just about his daughter, but the secrets he has now found out about his wife).
When she presses charges, everyone but her family shuns her and then things take an unexpected turn as Jason’s body is found.
This book explores a complicated mix of dysfunctional relationships. 6/10