Monday, January 25, 2016

Review: Solitary by Travis Thrasher

His Loneliness Will Soon Turn to Fear….

 When Chris Buckley moves to Solitary, North Carolina, he faces the reality of his parents’ divorce, a school full of nameless faces—and Jocelyn Evans. Jocelyn is beautiful and mysterious enough to leave Chris speechless. But the more Jocelyn resists him, the more the two are drawn together. Chris soon learns that Jocelyn has secrets as deep as the town itself. Secrets more terrifying than the bullies he faces in the locker room or his mother’s unexplained nightmares. He slowly begins to understand the horrific answers. The question is whether he can save Jocelyn in time.

This first book in the Solitary Tales series will take you from the cold halls of high school to the dark rooms of an abandoned cabin—and remind you what it means to believe in what you cannot see. 

400 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by David C. Cook
ebook via Netgalley
*** (I liked it)

Young adult has always been a favorite of mine, and I think I requested this book because I heard it would appeal to fans of Frank Peretti (his earlier books were favorites of mine).  Though the synopsis does not make any reference to this being Christian fiction knowing the publisher made that evident to myself.

Solitary was an enjoyable enough story, it wasn't hard to feel the loneliness of Chris's new found situation.  Trying to fit in in the mist of his parents divorce and being forced to move away from all he had ever know,  High School is hard enough but doing it without a friendly face just adds more pressure.

The author filled in the background of Solitary, NC with just enough hints to show that something weird was going on.  I didn't really connect or trust many characters here and some of the situation didn't always ring true to me.  But then I remind myself that this is book 1 of 4, so not all my questions/doubts will be answered right away.

All in all a solid start to this series.

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