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Solitary: A Novel

Solitary: A Novel

Escrito por Travis Thrasher

Narrado por Kirby Heyborne


Solitary: A Novel

Escrito por Travis Thrasher

Narrado por Kirby Heyborne

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4/5 (10 avaliações)
Comprimento:
10 horas
Editora:
Lançado em:
Jan 1, 2011
ISBN:
9781608147946
Formato:
Audiolivro

Descrição

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 audio 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.
Editora:
Lançado em:
Jan 1, 2011
ISBN:
9781608147946
Formato:
Audiolivro


Sobre o autor

Best-selling author Travis Thrasher has written more than fifty books and worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years. He has penned fiction in a variety of genres, and his inspirational stories include collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes, and pastors. Travis lives with his wife and three daughters in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  


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  • (3/5)
    Sixteen year old Chris Buckley moves to a new town after the divorce of his parents. While he struggles with the disintegration of his family, he must now adjust to a new school with new classmates and new teachers. Add to this the fact that his mother is not handling the divorce very well and had taken to drinking herself into a stupor on many occasions. And there is just something weird and creepy about the whole town, everyone seems to be hiding something and they are extremely hostile to him for reasons Chris cannot fathom. But his one bright spot are his new friends Jocelyn, Poe and Rachel who seem different from everyone at school. As Chris tries to navigate his new environs, avoid the local bully and keep his mother sane, he begins to ask questions that make many uneasy. There seem to be several mysteries going on all at once and all seem to be tied together. Why is everyone in town so afraid of Gus the bully and his influential father? Also why is no one talking about or investigating the disappearances of teens that seem to always occur around the Christmas season?I am not entirely sure what to make of this book. On the one hand I was absolutely riveted and could not put it down because I was intrigued to know what would happen next, on the other hand, I was very frustrated by the lack of answers. Like Chris, I was left many times unsure of what was going on and who was doing what. I do not mean this in the way that great mysteries are able to leave you guessing, this was more in a way that meandered and never got to the point. Chris's friends blew hot and cold, one moment they were sweet, helpful and amiable, the next they would barely speak to him and snap at him at the simplest question. It was all so confusing and many times left me more annoyed by these so called friends than the sinister forces that lurked in the background. The worst offender in this respect was Jocelyn, Chris's love interest. She is described as beautiful beyond words and Chris is almost inexplicably in love with her and for this devotion he is rewarded with sweetness one day and totally being shunned the next day, for no reason whatsoever. While I understand that the high schoolers can be hormonal and angry, her behavior was unpardonable most of the time. The first time she shows real concern and emotion toward Chris is when he ignores her and refuses contact with her after his life is threatened over his relationship with her. Also Jocelyn's status in the town seems to be one of obsession or threat. Her beauty is much discussed and most the boys seem to want her while considering her aloof and unapproachable. For much of the book Chris is warned off associating with her and we are not clear why until much, much later. But even when you do find out the cause of these warnings, it seems hollow and lacking especially after the huge buildup. I will say that the end of the book had me truly shocked as I cannot remember the last time I read a YA that concluded in such a manner. I flipped back to the previous page and reread it cause I was really surprised by the turn of events. All in all, I liked rather than loved this book. Its kept me intrigued from start to finish as I furiously turned pages thirsting to know how things would turn out. But the books constant angst and melodramatic leanings left me unable to truly fall in love with it.
  • (4/5)
    By: Travis ThrasherPublished By: David C. CookAge Recommended: AdultReviewed 4Book Blog For: GMTASeries: Solitary Tales #4Review:"Hurt" By Travis Thrasher was another enjoyed series read that offered suspense, action. mystery and much love though it all and taking place in North Carolina. "Hurt" was of a teenage POV love story with many twist and turns really making it hard to put down until the very end. This story has a good plot and story line that is very interesting and believable. The characters are well developed and very captivating only keeping your attention through the read. This read could be considered a 'Christian fiction' and this author did a wonderful job as presenting the subject. If you are looking for a good Christian, mystery, thriller with suspense read you have come to the right place and I would recommend this read to any YA and adult.
  • (3/5)
    I liked the fast pace of this novel, but it had it's fair share of problems. It was repetitive. I've got a secret. I can't tell you the secret. I want to know the secret. Now I've got my own secret. Oh, good grief. You'd all save yourselves a lot of trouble if you would just spit it out. With all of the books on my to-be-read list, I don't think I'll bother with the next book in the series.
  • (3/5)
    Hmmm. This was an entertaining book what with the mystery and intrigue throughout. I had a hard time putting it down at times and so that was pleasant. The only problem was that the ending was incredibly sad and the mystery was never fully explained. I was definitely left wanting more and am debating whether or not I want to read the next book to see if things are wrapped up at all. I'm worried though that the secrets will remain just that as part of this author's M.O...
  • (5/5)
    Scary, Thriller, RebelliousWhen Chris Buckley’s parents split, he sides with his mother, and they move to Solitary to live in his uncle’s cabin. In the cabin, it appears that Chris’s uncle walked out of his life without taking any of his possessions. At school, as the new kid, Chris attracts attention of girls and the resident bully, while strange things go on all over town. When he meets Jocelyn he looses his heart, but she suggests that things are not what they seem. This book is written from the point of view of a teen-aged boy, making it seem as if the reader falls into his life and thoughts. Chris is full of anger at his mother for her constant drinking and his father for his method of pushing his faith. Chris is definitely not someone who follows others easily. The gloom of the town hangs over the whole book, as Chris tries to find answers and save the girl. Interesting read, but definitely the first step in a series. There is no resolution of what Chris believes. This would be good choice for those who enjoyed Twilight, as the feeling is similar, but with a Christian bent.Received Galley from NetGalley.com
  • (4/5)
    Chris Buckley’s parents have divorced and he’s chosen to return, with his Mom, to her birthplace of Solitary, NC. On his first day of school, he’s greeted by three girls. One of them, Jocelyn, is the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. Not long thereafter, Chris starts getting messages and warnings to stay away from her. And, he makes the mistake of sticking up for a bullied kid, which makes him the target of said bully, Gus, who happens to be the only child of the richest man in town. Chris and his Mom live in his Uncles house. His Uncle has mysteriously disappeared just like other people who have supposedly asked questions. Chris is really off to a horrid start in his new life and his Mom is choosing to live at the bottom of a wine bottle. So what is the deal with Solitary, NC?Here is the deal, we never find out! This book was full of suspense. There is some evil hovering over this town and NO ONE will speak of it. Everyone knows there is always someone watching and listening. Heck, when Chris finally gets internet and sets up a brand new email account, there are anonymous messages waiting for him. Talk about “Big Brother” watching!The pace of the book is fast, and the drive to find out what the deal is really keeps you reading. My frustration is that whenever Chris encounters someone who might be willing to share some of the answers he is seeking, the answers are too vague so he is still stumbling around, and subsequently so are we, trying to find answers.Chris is in an awkward place. His parents are recently divorced because his Dad chose to leave his law practice and become “born again”, which is fine, but he was leaving the family to be a missionary. So Chris doesn’t have a great relationship with God, feeling like God has taken away his family and he’s had to move to this awful town, and fall in love with this girl every one is trying to warn him away from. He’s confused, 16, hormonal, being pulled to numerous directions and I could feel his frustration. Then add to that the fact that he really doesn’t know who he can trust. He might be able to trust his Mom if she could just put down the bottle long enough.Thrasher definitely has a Stephen King or Dean Koontz vibe to his writing.. This seems as though it’s going to be a good old fashioned “Good vs. Evil” battle and Thrasher isn’t afraid to kill off important characters which makes for some interesting possibilities. I also loved all the musical references because the author and I grew up in the same era listening to the same bands. Off to read book #2 and already have book #3 from netgalley so I am anxious to see how it all pans out.