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A Density of Souls

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Excellent thriller

Adolescence is difficult for even the most adjusted youngster, but for childhood friends Stephen, Meredith, Brandon, and Greg it is a nightmare. The foursome used to enjoy playing hide and seek in a nearby cemetery, but during a storm Meredith watches Greg and Stephen ...
Adolescence is difficult for even the most adjusted youngster, but for childhood friends Stephen, Meredith, Brandon, and Greg it is a nightmare. The foursome used to enjoy playing hide and seek in a nearby cemetery, but during a storm Meredith watches Greg and Stephen humping each other. She found the incident ugly and that day forever changed everyone¿s relationships. Meredith felt compelled to hurt Stephen . She succeeded by informing the high school¿s in crowd that he was a fag leading to Stephen becoming the prime target of everyone including Greg.

Greg and Meredith become an entry, but their relationship turns violent. Meredith becomes an alcoholic and Brandon turns into a maniacal terrorist. Now five years after starting high school, the former friends are together at a reunion that reveals frightening truths including a murder.

There is a vein of darkness and brooding disaster throughout the story line. This leads the audience to anticipate tragedy is about to strike at almost any moment even with the exciting climax providing a ray of light for the future. A DENSITY OF SOULS illuminates the reaction to alleged homosexuality by a predominantly heterosexual crowd and its aftermath on the victims of sexual choice bias. Christopher Rice shows he is a talented author who can spin a dark tale without the benefit of the supernatural or his mother¿s fame.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Don't Read it!

Christopher Rice has a clumsy writing style and no character development. His plots are predictable and boring. Don't waist your time with any Christopher Rice novel, trust me I unfortunately read three of them for a class at my university.

posted by 658584 on April 28, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2000

    A Disturbing, yet Provocative Thriller

    Well, having lived my entire life in New Orleans, obviously this book was an interesting read, as the whole thing is a kind of backdoor tour through the life I grew up. In fact, I am a graduate of the same High School where the author both graduated and also so obviously based the 'Cannon' school on, in this novel. Yet, looking beyond the interesting New Orleans aspect of the novel, which is quite accurate to a degree, the story itself is quite a bizzare tale. If you are one who feels uncomfortable at all with sex, or in this case, homosexuality, then one might find this book quite disturbing. Very graphic in many parts, this is a good book with some great occasional lines, but nothing great. Yet with time, it is obvious to all who read this novel that Chris Rice is going places and I just hope he sticks to his roots back in New Orleans, as I loved reading about my home, as I am sure you will too, if you are form the Big Easy.

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