This is only the second book I read by Jodie Picoult. The first one was "My Sister's Keeper" and I enjoyed it much much more. In "The Tenth Circle" there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader alert, however I simply found it to be less captivating.
The story unfolds when Trixie, Daniel's adolescent daughter, accuses Jason, her ex-sweetheart, to have raped her. This of course leads not only to the search of the truth by all involved, including the police, it also triggers off Daniel's past, of which he was always very secretive. Meanwhile Laura, his wife and Trixie's Mum, is shattered by the events too and realises, along with Daniel, that Trixie had and has so many issues none of them ever suspected or imagined. Both parents stand by their daughter trying to figure out what to do, how to help her. Also, their own personal lives become more and more interwoven and the plot thickens as a consequence.
The disturbing subject of rape, the intricay of a teenager's mind, her fragility and the consequences resulting from choices made by parents and children alike, are at the core of this book.
There are some cartoon strips between some of the chapters, which I did not particularly appreciate because I found them monotonous and distracting, however the prose of this book is good, even though I found some of the events a bit extreme and far-fetched. Therefore I don't think that it deserves more than a low-to-average mark.
Being J. Picoult a prolific author, however, and especially because I have appreciated some of her previous work, I shall not be put off by this particular book and have another one which I'll start soon, "Perfect Match".