Hurt, Solitary Tales Series #4
Chris has returned home to Solitary, North Carolina. They have his mom, so he needs to do what they sayÃ¢ÂÂor at least make it look that way. But itÃ¢ÂÂs not easy, especially when they threaten Kelsey, whoÃ¢ÂÂs been the only good thing in ChrisÃ¢ÂÂs life. WhatÃ¢ÂÂs a guy to do?
I donÃ¢ÂÂt want to give away any more than that. This was book four, the conclusion of the Solitary series. It lived up to my expectations. I flew through the book, anxious to get to the end and find out what was going to happen. All I can say is, IÃ¢ÂÂm thrilled with how everything worked out. Thrasher is a gifted storyteller. HeÃ¢ÂÂs created a wonderful character in Chris Buckley. This is a series I will likely read again someday. Love it.
March 2, 2013
A GREAT READ!
HURT by Travis Thrasher is a compelling suspense/fiction for Young Adults. #4 in "The Solitary Tales",but can be read as a stand alone,I have not read all the others as of yet and was not lost.
See,"Solitary","Gravestone",and "Temptation". Set in Solitary,North Carolina,it is filled with danger,darkness,hope,drama,redemption,secrets,evil, and light. Chris Buckley has a long way to go,after losing the love of his life he has many questions that needs answers. "Hurt" is a compelling story for young adults and yes us older adults too. It is written with many twists and turns,many challenges for Chris,with engaging characters. A story that probably should not be read in the dark,a very intense,heart pumping suspense. "Hurt" is the final book in the "Solitary Tales" series, and I don't believe you will regret reading this story. Light just may be able to overcome the darkness. A great read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media,LLC.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
February 28, 2013
A White Knuckle Thrill Ride to the End!
If you should ever happen upon a quite little remote mountain community with the sign welcoming you to Solitary, turn around. Do not enter and forget you ever saw this place. In fact, Solitary is just that, a place that longs to be kept a silent secret. Isolated. Alone. Just like the name implies. However for Chris Buckley, it's a town he can't escape. It's a town that has ties to him that bind the soul. One he has been desperately searching for a way out of only to be brought to the conclusion of where he finds himself at now. At the final chapter. The climatic ending of an epic story of old.
Some call Solitary a gateway, but for Chris Solitary isn't a gateway drug. Nope, Solitary is crack and heroin and every other drug blended together and served as an ice cream cone. However the town of Solitary was discovered by an original settler who the town is named after. The wicked man who already knew and believed in evil. It was as if this town called for him. But it is why Chris is so valuable. He is needed to combat the evil that is slowly consuming the town and it's residents.
But if you have picked up this book and wondering where it all begins, where can I begin to fill you in? It's three in the morning, and so far baby dearest hasn't managed to crawl up the stairs with a steak knife. Let's see - I move to Solitary and fall in love with the girl that the evil people have decided to sacrifice on New Year's Eve. Before this sacrifice happened I met my mother's creepy aunt Alice with her selection of mannequins. Perhaps this doll escaped from her house.
I saw a weird mountain man with a big German shepherd who ended up being my uncle in costume. The man, that is. Not the dog. There were the nightmares my mother had. There were tunnels underneath our cabin. Oh yeah, don't forget the cabin in the woods. Or the mannequin maker.
There's the creepy pastor and the ignorant bully. But both answer to a twisted man named Staunch who answers to my great-grandfather. And they all say I'm special and that somewhere down the road I'm going to get a special key that does something special for a special reason. Welcome to the fourth book, Hurt by Travis Thrasher. This is the fourth book in the Solitary Tales series and should not be read as a stand alone book. To read it by itself would simply cause you to be confused because you need to know what has happened to bring Chris Buckley to his final year in Solitary.
This book is the culmination of everything Chris has had to endure to bring him to this point. When he first arrived in Solitary in book one, he was very much the outcast being the new kid in high school Alone and isolated much like the city. However as the books progress we find out that something sinister has been brewing and a spiritual war is about to be unleashed. Think of this series as Travis Thrasher describes it like Pretty in Pink meets The Exorcist. I couldn't think of a finer way to sum up this series.
I received Hurt by Travis Thrasher compliments of Christian Blog Alliance and David C Cook Publishers for my honest opinion. It is written from Chris' point of view and thus you are dealing with the impressions one would expect from a boy in high school trying to fit in. It seems like he can't do anything right and he is always on someones bad side from the local sheriff to the pastor and even his mother when she is sober. Yet I viewed this fourth and final book, having read all three books in this series, as Chris' absolution. He realizes he can't run from his problems and has to deal with them alone. I can't share with you how it ends, but definitely could see more books launched from this series. A well-deserved and earned 5 out of 5 stars! For those of you that like a good suspense thriller with a powerful message, pick up the entire series. For readers like me that love this genre, it was well-worth the ride.
January 13, 2013
Fantastic conclusion to a great series!
A word that pretty much sums up Chris Buckley's life ever since moving to the creepy little town of Solitary. Since arriving there, poor Chris has been plagued relentlessly with one struggle and loss after another. Now, all of Chris's experiences in Solitary have reached a turning point.
After the disappearance of his mother, Chris returns to Solitary, where he continues his quest to unravel the mysteries surrounding the sinister town and his own connection to it through a twisted bloodline.
Finally, it seems as if Chris has some hope to cling to. His newfound faith is a source of strength, but it also opens up doors to even more questions--and dangers. As he stumbles through his spiritual journey, Chris must learn how to use the light to pierce through the hideous darkness that's been trying to swallow him ever since he came to Solitary. How to hold on to hope and fight the fears that have been breathing down his neck and drowning his heart. How to stand up for what's right even when it could cost him everything.
Thrasher's masterful storytelling is imaginative and gripping. The story is fast-paced and haunting, full of unexpected twists, memorable characters, and the perfect balance of humor and suspense. Chris himself is a lovable, relatable character, brave but foolish, searching for hope in a broken world. His sarcastic humor and quick wit in the midst of his trials make him all the more endearing.
This final chapter in The Solitary Tales ties up some loose ends and wraps things up beautifully in a climactic ending that will leave you thinking long after you've turned the last page.
Does HURT contain answers? Yes. Quite a few, actually. But, as it is in life, some things are inevitably left unexplained. Nevertheless, this has quickly become one my all-time favorite series, and I hope to see more come from it in the future!
December 16, 2012