Welcome to the third day in February. Today I am going to review A DENSITY OF SOULS by
Christopher Rice .
Four childhood friends in present-day New Orleans are torn apart by envy, passion, and a secret murder.
Five years ago, Meredith, Brandon, Greg, and Stephen quickly discover the fragile boundaries between friendship and betrayal as they enter high school and form new allegiances. Meredith, Brandon, and Greg gain popularity, while Stephen is viciously treated as an outcast. Then two violent deaths destroy the already delicate bonds of their friendship.
When the friends are drawn back together, new facts about their mutual history are exposed and what was held to be a tragic accident is revealed as murder. As the true story emerges, other secrets begin to unravel with more dangerous, far-reaching consequences.
A Density of Souls is a stunning debut novel that uncovers the darker side of the teenage psyche.
This is Christopher's debut novel . As with all Rice novels it is based in New Orleans. But Christopher takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions. As we meet four childhood friends Meredith, Brandon, Greg and Stephen. As they head to high school three become popular and one becomes and outcast that is taunted every day. When two violent deaths destroy the bonds of their friendships. When they are pulled back together new facts are brought to light and the deaths come to be murders. Things start to fall apart and will bond them together.
Oh I was so enthralled when I started reading this book. Christopher made his characters so believable and full of life. You can feel the pain that Stephen goes through on a daily basis . This poor soul is taunted and made an outcast everyday of his high school experience. You can see him and feel his pain. You just want to protect him from all the cruel taunts and teasing. As the story goes on you can feel the characters growing and growing up .
New Orleans is as much a character in the book as the main characters are. Christopher uses the city and its lore and its underbelly to good use. You can feel the city come to life as you read through this book.
I will tell you one thing , I have learnt a whole bunch about intolerance and homophobia from this book. Christopher takes us on that journey of betrayal, sex, friendship and coming to terms with one's sexual identity. This is a dark book that will have you all twisted up. You will read of abuse, alcohol abuse, and the redemption that comes when you are accepted and loved for who you are.
Now just going to say this book doesn't have vampires, werewolves and witches . Christopher has become an author with his own right. He will take you on a voyage that will make you think and will keep you reading well into the night. I loved this book and its on my reread list. So if you want a dark twisted southern tale with a twist check it out .