I've read numerous books before but none like this drew me in with such force. I couldn't bring myself to put it down, even for a minute or two. It was put together wonderfully, always kept you wondering what was going to happen next. It was far from predictable at all. In fact most of the events were quite unexpected but were still played out according to the previous events in the story. It may seem a little confusing at the beginning, but as you read everything comes together.
I will be looking into getting more books from this author.
I was not expecting this book to be a "horror", but it really freaked me out in the later chapters! I thought I was reading a novel by Stephen King or Deane Koontz! But it all came together in the end, which was wonderful. Travis is a great writer!
"Isolation" was my first experience of Travis Thrasher's writing. Though he writes a variety of genres, I would definitely pick up another of his books based on the quality of this story. It was intriguing. It was spooky. It was... inspiring. The spiritual warfare presented was very realistic. I felt the fear and worry of the characters as if I was in the house with them. And I have a renewed belief in the fact that "We're not alone. We'll never be alone." God does indeed watch over His children. A great read that I would recommend, but keep the lights on!
With Isolation multi-genre author Travis Thrasher turns his pen to horror, having written romance, drama and suspense novels in the past. Thrashers work is unique in its seamless weaving together of faith and fear, resulting in Christian horror though I wasnt sure how such a combination could possibly work. Isolation has shown me that a scary story can be made even more so through the incorporation of powerful spiritual truths.I simply cannot remember a time when any other book Ive read has left my heart pounding so hard in my chest. The true beauty of this novel is that the scares dont rely upon graphically depicted gore or violence but upon inferred events, shadows of meaning, and the horrific possibility that the scenario is entirely possible. I must applaud Thrasher for his ability to maintain the standards commonly associated with Christian fiction - clean language and avoidance of scenes of graphic violence or sexual acts while still producing one scary ride.Isolation develops a surprising degree of depth throughout the course of the novel, proving itself to be far more than a cheap thrill. Though Thrasher doesnt consider himself a Christian novelist, Isolations plot is faith driven from start to finish. Jim and Stephanies struggles with their faith are authentic. Stephanie in particular is a vivid portrait of a wounded woman - flawed, floundering, and realistic, I deeply empathized with her. In addition to pairing these imperfect individuals with spiritual truths, Thrasher drives the fear home through the faith elements, contributing to the novel rather than detracting from it, or seeming tacked on. While there is light and hope to be found and an eventual end to the interminable isolation, there is a long dark night of the soul that must be passed through while the forces of light and darkness battle against each other.
Wow... this is definitely an intense book! I definitely couldn't read it right before bed because it gave me nightmares! I think it was a well written, edge-of-your-seat type book that thrill-seekers will love.