After being in the mission field for months, Jim & Stephanie Miller have begun to lose their faith and need a break, so when Jim hears about a secluded mountian retreat in North Carolina, he decides it's the perfect place for him and his family to recharge. But once there, he begins to hears what the local lore has to say about the fact that several women have mysteriously disappeared and strange lights and noises are heard within the lodge. Does the plot sound familiar? It should. The author states that Stephen King is his biggest influence in his writing. As a christian does this bother me? You bet it does. However after reading the book I believe that the Stephen King influence ends with the creepiness of the novel.
Isolation is the first Travis Thrasher book that I have read and to be honest, I have mixed feelings about it. I liked the characters. For me the characters will either make or break a story and with these I felt that they were real and very well developed. I felt both the tension and frustration between Jim and Stephanie, but also the terror from all the characters when things start to escalate.
Both Jim and Stephanie are stuggling with their faith in God, wondering does God really cares or is He is even real. This was a stuggle that went on throughout the book, which I really loved because sometime that type of struggled is resolved to quickly.
Zachary was a true to life eight year old with a quick wit and a stong love of God. I think he was my favorite.
I loved the discription of the lodge itself. Massive, I believe it was something like 15,000 square feet, with secret passageways and secret rooms. It was fun to imagine how this would look.
The down side that I found was that some issues were not really resolved. Stephanie's memory about her childhood is blocked and although we find out bits and pieces of it, by the end of the book we still don't have a clear picture of it or even that she ready to trust God again.
Jim fairs better because he realizes that God had never left him or his family and in the end he comes back into the loving arms of his heavenly father.
Overall I enjoyed this book. I finished it in one day so it was a quick read. Anyone who likes creepy mixed with spiritual warfare will like this book.
James and Stephanie Miller are exhausted. Disillusioned with the last two years of their lives spent as missionaries to Papua New Guinea, they are disappointed with the spiritual condition they left their little village. James makes the decision that the whole family needs a break, and they decide to take a furlough in the mountains of North Carolina.
Stephanie starts to see things; visions that frighten her and convince her that what she is seeing is real. Terrified that she is loosing her mind, she invites her brother to balance out a world that is quickly slipping out of her control. The house they are in is full of frightening secrets, and Stephanie begins to remember things from her past that scare her even more than the whispers within the walls of their mountain dwelling. When they are stranded by a snowstorm, will they ever be a whole family again? Or is there really something out to get them?
Once you get past the eeriness of this book, it is a hard-to-put down read. The big, creepy house ought to get your attention, or maybe the blood running off the walls. But it forced me to re-evaluate what I believe is possible in the spiritual realm, and what a human being is capable of doing. While most Christians believe Satan is real, it's very hard to truly be afraid of him until you have met him face to face. Yet, "if God be for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31
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This was the second book I've read by this author and he does not disappoint. The book was suspenseful and kept me reading late into the night. I'm looking forward to reading more by Thrasher and would (and have) recommended him to my friends.
I was extremely disappointed in this book. I have read Travis Thrasher's books Admission and Blinded, which I enjoyed, so I was expecting the same caliber with Isolation. Not so. Had I read the author's interview (at the end of the book) before I started page one, I would not have even read the first page. Travis says is "biggest writing influence is Stephen King". He also states that although he is a Christian, "he doesn't view his books as Christian fiction" to which I wholeheartedly agree. The main characters in this book struggled in their faith, which we all do from time to time, yet I felt like Travis didn't even try to bring them to a place of victory. Somehow everything was settled because the evil brother was killed. There was no resolution to Stephanie's childhood traumas nor healing in her marriage to Jim. This book was a huge disappointment. I will not purchase any more of his books.