YA Highway has done it again with their ingenious questions for Road Trip Wednesday! This week the question asks, what is you favorite book that no one has ever heard of. That is so easy for me to answer because it would be any of the Christopher Rice books I've read (he is the son of Anne Rice). They are all great, but the two that stand out to me the most are A Density of Souls and Light Before Day.
A Density of Souls is based on a group of young friends who grow apart when they reach high school. On the surface it seems as if social status is the only reason for the split, but as the novel continues, the reader finds out more devious and sinister reasons for this groups turmoil. The books combines themes of regret, love, friendship, confusion, denial, and mystery.
Light Before Day is a novel that combines gay issues, crystal meth use (and the whole underground drug-trade society) and thriller/mystery elements. It focuses on a lead character who struggles with his own addictions while searching for his missing lover and trying to figure out what is happening in his gay community.
Christopher Rice has two more books that feature gay lead characters and plots full of suspense and mystery - The Snow Garden and Blind Fall.