Gravestone (Solitary Tales Series #2)

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In the latest audio book in the four-book Solitary Tales, Travis Thrasher once again plunges young adult listeners into the dark mysteries of Solitary, North Carolina. 

At first, Chris Buckley was simply warned. And watched. But as Chris unravels the haunting riddles of quiet 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...

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Overview

In the latest audio book in the four-book Solitary Tales, Travis Thrasher once again plunges young adult listeners into the dark mysteries of Solitary, North Carolina. 

At first, Chris Buckley was simply warned. And watched. But as Chris unravels the haunting riddles of quiet 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. 

In this shocking sequel to Solitary, Travis Thrasher masterfully weaves a tale of one high school student thrown into a battle over a town, a secret-and ultimately his own soul.

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The saga of young Chris Buckley continues in the second volume of the Solitary Tales series. Once fearful, 16-year-old Chris is now filled with rage at friend Jocelyn's death. The spooky state of affairs in his adopted hometown of Solitary, N.C., hasn't gotten any better. Both Chris and his alcoholic mother, Tara, are attacked by unidentified assailants, and though he's been warned time and again, Chris is determined to ditch complacency and take action. A young man named Jared, claiming to be a cousin, takes Chris under his wing, advising him to "lie low" and confide in him. At Harrington High, Chris joins the track team and takes an art class, where he grows closer to fellow junior Kelsey Page. Yet Chris feels it's a mistake for anyone to be involved with him: They'll only get hurt. Incidents with bully Gus Staunch escalate, along with threats from Gus' father, Ichor. Former friend Rachel is gone--supposedly she moved, like a lot of other residents who've been threatened and sabotaged until leaving town becomes the best option. Chris longs for the normalcy of his pre-Solitary life in Chicago, and when he gets a job at the isolated Crag's Inn, his finances greatly improve and things might be turning around. In addition to his slow-boiling anger at Tara's psychological meltdown, Chris encounters malevolence at nearly every turn; even the town church has a coffin that may contain the undead. He again feels the stirrings of young love, grapples with betrayal, questions his disbelief in God and considers violent action that would have been unthinkable in his former life. Gradually, it dawns upon Chris that he may have a date with destiny and perhaps a spiritual purpose amid the mayhem. As in the first book, Thrasher adroitly mixes elements of horror and high school in equally terrifying measures. And thanks to Internet access, Chris can now receive super creepy emails. A solid, suspenseful follow-up to the mesmerizing debut.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434764195
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Solitary Tales Series , #2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 707,826
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Travis Thrasher

The author of over a dozen works of fiction, including Isolation and Ghostwriter, Travis Thrasher has been writing since he was in the third grade. His writing is known for its honesty, depth, and surprising twists. Thrasher lives with his wife and three daughters near Chicago.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

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    Chris Buckley is looking for answers but it seems like he doesn'

    Chris Buckley is looking for answers but it seems like he doesn't know quite whom he can trust anymore. The one person who meant the world to him has been murdered and his mom seems to be in a perpetual drunken state all the time. Now that he finds himself back in high school again, he reaches out to the only three friends he had left, but he can't find Rachel. She doesn't seem to be in school any longer and Poe, refuses to acknowledge him except for angry outbursts. Relying on the only friend left, he meets with Newt over lunch. But all Newt will say to him is that lunch is the place for eating only.

    When Chris pushes him for more, Newt simply tells him to meet after school. When the boys arrive in Newts basement the only thing he tells Chris is that Rachel has moved away. He warns Chris that the less he is told, the less Newt knows. He also tells Chris that, "they have a way of making thing like this happen. People disappearing. People moving, People moving on. There are reasons I remain quiet and if I were you, I'd get as far away from this place as I could."

    But can Chris simply forget and walk away from the town of Solitary? Can he let go of the murder of Jocelyn and not do anything, tell anyone? And just what if he does? Will he disappear or will he move on?

    In the chilling sequel to Solitary by Travis Thrasher, the reader is brought back with the aftermath of what happened in the deep dark forest with Jocelyn and the cult that murdered her. There appears to be something happening in this Zombie-like town but Chris isn't sure who he can trust any longer. When an encounter with a man who claims he is Chris's cousin Jared who is searching for his father Robert who has gone missing, he isn't sure what is real any longer. Is Jared someone he can truly trust. He tells him that his mother is part of what the town is hiding and that knowing just who he can trust will make the difference between choosing light or darkness in the battle for his own soul.

    I received Gravestone as a personal purchase to continue in series of Travis Thrasher's Solitary Tales. I enjoyed Solitary so much I had to see where the story picked up with Chris on the verge of wondering just what is going on and how much of it is crazy and how much of it is a chilling reality that the town wants to remain a secret. What will it cost for Chris to solve the mystery? You'll have to pick this one up to find out, but I would advise reading book 1 in the series first, to gain an understanding of the darkness keeping this town in secrecy! This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars and I can't wait to review the 3rd book in the series, Temptation!

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    Chris Buckley and his mother moved to Solitary, North Carolina a

    Chris Buckley and his mother moved to Solitary, North Carolina after his parents separated over the issue of his father’s faith. In the first book, Chris’s life is shattered when his new girlfriend is murdered in a ritualistic killing by a group he believes is made up of the town leaders. Every moment he feels watched. When he turns to an old friend, someone manipulates her, forcing her to leave.

    The creepy factor increases in this installment to Thrasher’s Solitary Tales, but this is definitely a bridge book with no resolution in sight. As Chris attempts to find answers, the frustration level increases. The book is scary and interesting, but since it does not have much closure, it lags a little. I would definitely recommend it for Christians who enjoy the Twilight series.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

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    Satisfying Horror

    Can anything be worse than being picked up in your junior year of high school in a big city and plunked down in a small rural town where you’re known as the outsider? That’s Chris Buckley’s predicament. When his parents divorce, he is forced to leave his normal teenage life in Chicago and move to the small Southern town of Solitary in North Carolina. He has no friends, his mother is caught up in her own world of grieving, and Chris is left to his own devices to figure out what his life will be from this point on.

    That would be a crushing blow for most teenagers, but Chris has added issues. Solitary is a town full of secrets that can’t be discussed and evil that can’t be hidden. Chris’ girlfriend, the one person he trusted, has supposedly moved away with her family, but Chris knows better. He saw what happened to her one night. Of course, no one in town will believe him. Not his mother, not the school, not the sheriff. He has never been more alone, and now it appears that he is the next one targeted. Can he find out what is occurring in the town, and how to survive it?

    Gravestone is the second book in Travis Thrasher’s series, The Solitary Tales. Fans of suspense and horror will enjoy the slow unraveling of the evil that surrounds Chris, and his attempts to discover what is happening before it overwhelms him entirely. The writing is moody and somber, with an insistent pulse of eminent disaster that grows and grows as the reader discovers more of Solitary’s secrets. This book is recommended for horror fans looking for a series that will satisfy their interest in things that go bump in the night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Great book!

    Great read! Read it in 2 days....and the next one is not out for the nook yet :( So can't wait to read Temptation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Unexpectedly Awesome!

    It took me four months to read "Solitary".
    It took me three days to read "Gravestone"
    This book is truly outstanding. the plot twists were amazing, the character developments were great, and the plot was intriguing!
    Once you hit about page 117, be prepared to not stop!
    The ending will leave you thirsty for more (I promise!)
    Hope you enjoy!

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    Young adults and older readers will relish the second Buckley Solitary thriller

    Sixteen year old Chris Buckley remains an outsider having recently moved from Chicago suburb Libertyville, Illinois to live with his mom in her hometown of Solitary, North Carolina. They reside in the cabin of his missing Uncle Robert. He anticipated a major adjustment, but not what happened especially to Jocelyn who he wanted to make his girlfriend (see Solitary).

    While his mom suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chris continues to have canine attack problems even as he meets his cousin Jared who apparently rescues him from the latest dog assault. Jared wants to know where his father is while also insisting the town is shut down with the snowstorm making it easier to achieve this. However, as he barely keeps from soiling his pants as he is must choose between life and death over the edge of Marsh Falls, Chris trusts no one especially not his mentally battered mom, a cousin who says his aunt is unaware he exists; nor Pastor Jeremiah Marsh whose closets are filled with skeletons.

    The atmosphere turns darker and gloomier as Chris struggles with good and evil as he continues his quest to learn the haunting secrets of Solitary. Although cognizant of the threat to his life that his mission causes, he is just beginning to understand the risk to his soul. Young adults and older readers will relish the second Buckley Solitary thriller as the hero struggles with comprehending what is going on in this small North Carolina town.

    Harriet Klausner

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