Sunday, July 3, 2011


Gravestone, Travis Thrasher, Solitary Tales, David C. Cook, Suspense, 2011, 432 pages.

Gravestone (Solitary Tales V2) (Paperback)

His Fear Will Soon Turn to Anger….

At first, Chris Buckley was simply warned. And watched. But as Chris unravels the haunting riddles of the town of 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. Every choice he makes reminds him that the unthinkable has already happened—and if he trusts the wrong person, it may happen again.

This second book in the Solitary Tales continues Chris’s journey toward finding out who he is and what his own role is in the darkness suffocating his tiny new hometown. Filled with shocking twists, Gravestone is a tale of a teenager thrown into a battle over a town, a secret—and ultimately his own soul.

My thoughts: After reading the first book, my expectation for this one was really high. In some ways I was disappointed, but I'll get to those in a minute. What impressed me was that Thrasher really got into the mind of the character, Chris. Partially by using first person, and partially by using what seemed to be at least 50% of the book for conversations in his head. This is one of the unique aspects of this series. And it didn't get old, even after being accomplished in the first book. My hope is that Thrasher can continue this throughout the other half of the series.

Now, for what disappointed me. In the first book, a lot happens. (I won't reveal anything) In this one, however, not enough happens to think of the book as a significant event. It's more like a bridge to the third then anything else. Some things do happen, but it seems too much like a set-up volume. Chris tiptoes in a few inches, then retreats, and only goes a few maddening inches in every new venture. Not enough!!

That said, I can't wait for TEMPTATION.

My rating: 4.5 stars

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  1. Good review :D I have similar thoughts about it, but I really enjoyed it esp since the creepy factor was notched up a bit :P That being said, though, I'm really looking forward to "Temptation" :D [btw, the ending in Solitary totally jolted me; I think that's why I found it slightly more interesting & fast-paced than Gravestone]


  2. I haven't read either of the books in this series, but I think I'll add them to my TBR list. It sounds like a really intriguing story!