Meredith, Brandon, Greg, and Stephen quickly discover the fragile boundaries between friendship and betrayal as they enter high school and form new alliances. Brandon and Greg gain popularity as football jocks, and Meredith joins the bulimic in-crowd, while Stephen becomes the target of homophobia in a school that viciously mocks him. Then, two violent deaths disrupt the core of what they once shared.
Five years later, the friends are drawn back together as new facts about their mutual history are revealed, and what was held to be a tragic accident is discovered to be murder. As the true story emerges, other secrets begin to unravel and the casual cruelties of high school develop into acts of violence that threaten an entire city.
A Density of Souls is a stunning debut novel that lays bare the darker side of the teenage experience in modern-day America.
I've listened to 4 out of the 5 books Christopher Rice has written and while they are all good this is, by far, my favorite. As with most of Rice's books the beginning was a bit confusing but still grabbed my interest from the first chapter.
Stephen was a very compelling protagonist for me and I was saddened when I realized that the story was drawing towards a conclusion. This is a book I will listen to again and again I'm sure. A terrific first outing for someone who has become one of my very favorite writers.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is not my usual genre, but the characters captured my interest. Mr. Rice's writing style took an hour or so to become accustomed to, but it was worth the adjustment. I am an "hour" snob (I love 30 hour reads) so at less than 10 hours the book seemed very short. My only complaint is that he could have expanded the story. I found myself wanting to know more...more about the characters, more about the back story, more about everything.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is my second Audiobook and i definitely enjoyed it. The beginning seemed a little confusing, but it got better. I honestly cried at some parts while listening. The end is very unexpected. You will not be disappointed.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
although I found his writting style initially challenging in the end it was overall enjoyable. it is very different from his mothers and uniquely his own. the story was good with unexpected twists though I felt it jumped around a bit more than I tend to like. I was left wanting more information in the end however a can't honestly say that is a negative. definitely a good choice if your looking for a unique style of writting, overall story line was captivating. perhaps I'm underrating but being left wanting more and unaccustomed to the style gives it 4 stars all the way around.
I was immediately drawn into the story by James Daniels' soulful performance. This was my first time with a book by Christopher Rice. I must admit he has a unique style and managed to intrigue me with his beautiful words. I will definitely look out for more books by Christopher Rice!
Overall, just as good as in authored book form. Wonderful, really. Fluid narration at 1.25x speed.
Fast paced plot and good character development. When it WS finished it left me wanting more. This was a story that captures full attention..
Many layers in this coming of age story of four childhood friends and the games they play on their way to adulthood
Reading other reviews I had higher expectations. I'm not native English speaker, so that might explain the confusion I had at the beginning. On the other hand, I didn't feel the story had much depth and the ending wasn't much of a surprise...
1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Although the story, overall, was well written; some conflicts seemed forced. I was disappointed in the personality of the protagonist's love interest. The end definitely surprised me, and not in a good way.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful
A Density of Souls bring to life the, all too real, problems of gay youth. Stephen is set adrift in the bewildering and traumatic sea of a new school after the wreck of his former friendship with Meredith, Gregg and Brandon. The frequent backstory flashes help to bring a deeper understanding of whence these complex characters evolved. Meredith, torn between Stephen and Gregg, finds solace in vodka and writing her journal; Gregg, troubled by his attraction to Stephen and his need to conform, sides with Brandon whilst courting Meredith; Brandon is the ever present dark malice that overshadows all of them and leads to wonton violence and mass murder.
A mixture of warm, tender moments and desolate periods punctuate this beautifully craft first novel by Christopher Rice and I found it easy to build mental images for the main characters and locations depicted. I await with eager anticipation further offerings of Christopher's books on Audible.
I am 2 1/2 hours into my third listening of this book in 7 days and have no hesitation in recommending it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful