The first book in The Solitary Tales series starts off right away with an attention gripping preface and while the main plot doesn't begin to show until partway through, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the whole book!
I think Solitary was well written, easy to read, and definitely entertaining! The characters were enjoyable and I liked how the book was written in the first person.
I thought a couple of things in Solitary were weird - like the dog with glowing eyes, the voice from the hole in the cabin, and a few other things; but all of this made the story even more enjoyable!
This isn't the first book that I've read by Travis Thrasher and it won't be the last. The ending to Solitary makes me want to read Gravestone very, very much!
I definitely recommend Solitary if you enjoy a really good read with some weird aspects...
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done.*
Because I'm writing this a week after finishing it, still mad.
I don't think there could be a greater complement to an author and his work than a reader not being able to shake himself out of the book he's just read.
Is the writing style right on? Short sentences and paragraphs that at times feel stuttering, but do propel you through the story.
Incidents occur that make you say c'mon, really? Full of them, but even the author acknowledges that in a humorous way to keep the decision making from becoming too frustrating. And think of it, this is a horror/suspense novel. That type of genre doesn't exist unless you investigate the bump in the night without calling the police first.
But what this book truly holds is tension and suspense that had me clicking the next page button on my Kindle so quickly that I very well may have taken years of function off that button.
Travis's character development is amazing. These characters are so unique and hard to figure out, yet wind up becoming so endearing.
I was very angry with the end of the book and I vowed to walk away. I tried to read a new book, couldn't, then tried reading another but simply couldn't keep my mind from wondering what's going on next with these characters and the questions I'd been left with (and there are many...this is not a standalone book in the four part series). So instead of being firm on my vow to give up, I did an about face and ordered the second book, Gravestone, because I have to know what happens.
In terms of Christian fiction, this book is dark. There is a glimmer of hope which comes through faith, and I think having read the second book in the series this will continue to be fleshed out as the series progresses.
In closing, you may be put off by the writing style. You may find character reaction to events unbelieveable. But you won't be able to walk away. You will be just as stuck in the town of Solitary as Chris is.
I guess the first thing I want to say is wow. I've finally found a author whose books make me cry, laugh, and throw them against a wall in disbelief. Finally a author who doesn't conform to what everyone wants him to write. One who isn't afraid to write unhappy endings. Someone who is finally not writing by the rules and coloring outside the lines. Thank-you for writing the Solitary tales series, those books are one of the few that fulfill all of my expectations in a book.Chris Buckley is a perfect character, in the way that he is flawed, broken, sarcastic, and totally believable as a seventeen year old boy. I usually avoid love stories and horror/thriller stories, but you made me love both. You've inspired me not to conform in my own writing and to ignore what other people say.
I''m a seventeen year old writer who so far only has one book finished and two on the go. Thank-you again for inspiring me to continue writing as it''s easy to get discouraged. Please keep writing.
I have read over 1200 Christian fiction books and I would put this book in my bottom 5. There was great potential with this story with believable characters and a semi interesting plot line BUT there is no redemption and nothing that points anyone to God or suggests there is hope in Christ. Unlike other reviewers, I did not receive the book for free to review. I SO wish I had my money back.
Chris Buckley moves to Solitary, North Carolina. His mom has divorced his dad and they are on their own, living in a tiny cabin in the woods. That's a little weird for Chris, having lived in the suburbs of Chicago, but worse is having to make new friends at a school where no one seems to look at anyone. What's with this crazy town, anyway?
Then Chris meets Jocelyn and everything changes. He makes it his life goal to get to know her better, but she's mysterious as well and has secrets she doesn't want to share. Slowly he learn more about the town of Solitary. About missing kids. Bizarre nightmares. Unexplained deaths. Something horrific is going on in this town, and Chris vows not to let anything happen to Jocelyn.
Wow_I don't know what to say about this book! It was creepy and intriguing and sucked me in. I couldn't put this thing down. It's written in a strong first person point of view from Chris, our teen hero. Thrasher gets deep into Chris' mind and life and we know what it feels like to be him. We are completely wrapped up in his world_ in Jocelyn.
It's genius writing, in my opinion. Just_don't expect the super-mega happy ending. If you like warm fuzzies at the end of your books, you might avoid this one, because, well, it's heavyÃ¢â¬âat 392 pagesÃ¢â¬âand might cause some damage when thrown against the wall. LOL
All that to say, creepy, cool, dark story. I believe it's the first book in a series that takes place in the town of Solitary, so we'll have to see where Mr. Thrasher goes next. God is in this book. It was just a little depressing for me. As a writer, I like to torture my characters too, but I just can't leave them there! Maybe it's the mom in me_who knows. I'm excited that this book is out there though. It's very cool.