At first, Christ Buckley was simply warned. And watched. But as Chris unravels the haunting riddles of quiet Solitary, he finds that much more than the life of a town is at stake. Whether facing a pastor with a house full of skeletons or a cousin he never knew existed, Chris is forced to choose between light and darkness, life and nightmarish death. In this shocking sequel to Solitary, Travis Thrasher masterfully weaves a tale of one high school student thrown into a battle over a town, a secret-and ultimately his own soul.
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Chris Buckley is looking for answers but it seems like he doesn't know quite whom he can trust anymore. The one person who meant the world to him has been murdered and his mom seems to be in a perpetual drunken state all the time. Now that he finds himself back in high school again, he reaches out to the only three friends he had left, but he can't find Rachel. She doesn't seem to be in school any longer and Poe, refuses to acknowledge him except for angry outbursts. Relying on the only friend left, he meets with Newt over lunch. But all Newt will say to him is that lunch is the place for eating only.
When Chris pushes him for more, Newt simply tells him to meet after school. When the boys arrive in Newts basement the only thing he tells Chris is that Rachel has moved away. He warns Chris that the less he is told, the less Newt knows. He also tells Chris that, "they have a way of making thing like this happen. People disappearing. People moving, People moving on. There are reasons I remain quiet and if I were you, I'd get as far away from this place as I could."
But can Chris simply forget and walk away from the town of Solitary? Can he let go of the murder of Jocelyn and not do anything, tell anyone? And just what if he does? Will he disappear or will he move on?
In the chilling sequel to Solitary by Travis Thrasher, the reader is brought back with the aftermath of what happened in the deep dark forest with Jocelyn and the cult that murdered her. There appears to be something happening in this Zombie-like town but Chris isn't sure who he can trust any longer. When an encounter with a man who claims he is Chris's cousin Jared who is searching for his father Robert who has gone missing, he isn't sure what is real any longer. Is Jared someone he can truly trust. He tells him that his mother is part of what the town is hiding and that knowing just who he can trust will make the difference between choosing light or darkness in the battle for his own soul.
I received Gravestone as a personal purchase to continue in series of Travis Thrasher's Solitary Tales. I enjoyed Solitary so much I had to see where the story picked up with Chris on the verge of wondering just what is going on and how much of it is crazy and how much of it is a chilling reality that the town wants to remain a secret. What will it cost for Chris to solve the mystery? You'll have to pick this one up to find out, but I would advise reading book 1 in the series first, to gain an understanding of the darkness keeping this town in secrecy! This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars and I can't wait to review the 3rd book in the series, Temptation!
Chris Buckley and his mother moved to Solitary, North Carolina after his parents separated over the issue of his father’s faith. In the first book, Chris’s life is shattered when his new girlfriend is murdered in a ritualistic killing by a group he believes is made up of the town leaders. Every moment he feels watched. When he turns to an old friend, someone manipulates her, forcing her to leave.
The creepy factor increases in this installment to Thrasher’s Solitary Tales, but this is definitely a bridge book with no resolution in sight. As Chris attempts to find answers, the frustration level increases. The book is scary and interesting, but since it does not have much closure, it lags a little. I would definitely recommend it for Christians who enjoy the Twilight series.
Still in shock over witnessing the death of his close friend and the girl he loved, Gravestone continues the story of teenager Chris Buckley, struggling to make sense of his existence in the town of Solitary. His mom still has a close relationship with the bottle, and he begins to question whether she knows more about the strange happenings in Solitary than she lets on. He's continuing to face bullying at school, while trying to understand the complicated world of girls. He makes bizarre discoveries that only lead to more questions. And the evil presence in the town only seems to be growing, with Chris questioning whether there is anyone at all whom he can trust.
As with the first book in the Solitary tales series, I again found myself held captive by Chris' story. By the last page of the book, the word that haunted my mind was creepy. There were actually scenes where I found myself gripping my ereader with white knuckles. I am glad I am not prone to nightmares, for this book would provide fodder for such. And yet it is not just the taut writing and the break-neck pace of the story that kept me spell-bound, but it is also the complex character of Chris, a tortured soul who is somehow brave and courageous and yet flawed and deeply human at the same time. I cannot help but read this book and find glimpses of myself in the pages.
Thrasher's writing is brilliant, revealing ever-deeper layers into the mystery shrouding Solitary while raising more questions about how everything is connected and who is the mastermind behind what appear to be orchestrated events. I should warn that this book seems even darker than the first, and leaves Chris having lost his belief in God in the midst of the darkness. However, I am sensing that Thrasher is setting the stage for utter illumination, as I have no doubt that by the end of this four-part series, the Light will have conquered the evil. What a ride we get to experience in order to get there!
Nothing is as it appears, and I am left craving more in the Solitary tales. I highly recommend this book and award it 5 out of 5 stars.
An egalley version of this book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, David C. Cook, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
A recent tragedy has left Chris Buckley numb. He goes to school, gets a job, and tries to make heads or tails of the insane town of Solitary, North Carolina. His investigations in to what happened only leave him with more questions—and more warnings to stay out of it. His mom is convinced a man haunts her in her dreams, and now she is drinking more than ever.
Chris befriends a girl in art class, but he’s afraid that any new friends he makes may end up getting hurt. He searches for sparks of light in his dismal hometown, but everything only seems to lead to more darkness.
Okay. I’m officially hooked now. I wasn’t too sure after Solitary (book one). I loved the writing, but the story was borderline too scary for me. And since it was borderline, I went and bought book two. I’m glad I did, though I wish I’d have waited a few years so that I could go and read books three and four in the series. Alas, now I have to wait, wait, wait.
This is the first Christian young adult horror series I’ve ever read. David C. Cook is calling this “young adult mystery/suspense,” but it’s horror if I’ve ever read horror. But it’s cool and creepy and entertaining—and you can’t possibly guess what’s going to happen. That’s what I like most, second to Chris Buckley’s voice. If you like your creepy horror stories, pick up this series. But keep in mind: there will be four books. So you’ll have to wait, wait, wait with the rest of us.