Review From User :
The gay and lesbian fiction genre is awash with tragically short sighted, stereotypical, and hard to get through novels about coming out, getting beat up, and either finding love or ending up dead. Christopher Rice is like a lighthouse on the banks of a bleak and dismal ocean of the GLBTQ genre. Rice's works are more about a good story, where the character(s) happen to be gay- not a novel solely revolving around the fact that one of the characters like sex with the same gender.
Destiny of Souls is Rice's (yes, he is Anne Rice's son) first novel and it happens to be my favorite. Rice's depiction of modern day New Orleans, and the complicated web of a group of high school friends is poignant and beautiful. If you are familiar with the GLBTQ fiction genre and you find yourself sick of the trash like "Boston Boys Club" and "Bound By Law" then pick up a book by Rice and just see if it fits for you like it did for me- hopefully you'll love it enough to join Rice for his other works (my next personal favorite is Moonlit Earth- which is about a gay flight attendant who is wrongly accused of being a terrorist and his sister takes it upon herself to clear his name.
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 Destiny of Souls is a stunning debut novel that uncovers the darker side of the teenage psyche.