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Gravestone: A Novel (Solitary Tales Series) Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2011
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Needless to say, I was highly anticipating Gravestone. I had no idea where Thrasher was taking the story, I just hoped it would be an exciting and fascinating journey. Second installments of series can be difficult. First installments introduce the world--characters, initial plot, overarching theme, and many other things that make for a good stories. They're like the initial downhill plunge of a roller coaster. Maybe kind of slow at first as the world is built, but then you whoosh down that initial hill. The momentum for the series is set. Second installments can either coast along and take things easy or take the reader on a series of dips, dives, and loops that make for an exhilarating ride. Gravestone is definitely the latter.
The book begins with Chris trying to somehow go back to normal life and ignore the catastrophic events at the end of Solitary that are now being covered up. He's got to do something, but what can he do? In the journey to find justice and seek out the evil in Solitary, Chris finds a few new friends, a few new enemies, and many more questions. The more Chris looks into the matter, the more he finds that the source of evil in Solitary rests on New Beginnings Church and Pastor Jeremiah Marsh.
Gravestone, is in a way the tale of Chris Buckley v. Jeremiah Marsh.Read more ›
Gravestone picks up immmediately where Solitary left off, right after New Year's Eve and all the events that happened. Chris Buckley is alone and terrified and wondering in whom to believe. Oh, and there's a snowstorm, and there's no phone or Internet service. This scene sets things in motion that are an even wilder ride than Solitary was. It's hard to tell much about the book without giving any spoilers, but the main thread is Chris trying to find someone, anyone, he can confide in and trust about the increasingly frightening happenings and menacing people in town.
In addition to the previous characters, we're introduced to several new people--Kelsey in Chris's art class; Jared, Chris's unknown cousin; and Iris, a mysterious elderly lady who lives on a hill, each of whom provides another piece of the sinister mosaic that is Solitary. The increasingly-ominous Pastor Jeremiah Marsh begins to take center stage. How much does Chris's mom know about what's going on? Will Chris ever see his dad again? What about the mysterious church underneath the falls?
Gravestone has some out-and-out horror moments and so many twists that you're wondering whom you can trust right along with Chris.Read more ›
Solitary: A Novel (Solitary Tales Series) is the first novel in the Solitary series and it has a define beginning middle and end. However, "Gravestone" makes no apologies as it clearly serves as a bridge between "Solitary" and the next installment Temptation: A Novel (Solitary Tales Series). Despite being virtual literary bridge "Gravestone" is a darker (and ultimately better) than its predecessor. It is tough to explain how a YA Christian mystery novel could have the same level of gloom and dread as Salem's Lot and The Mist (Previously Published as a Novella in 'Skeleton Crew') but it matches both of them. It really is a surprising novel on many accounts - not only is scary, but it also captures teenage angst and the nature of being an outcast and a rebel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The mystery that Travis Thrashed set up in Book 1 of the Solitary Tales gets deeper in this second installment. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. M. Setzer
His Fear Will Soon Turn to Anger….
At first, Chris Buckley was simply warned. And watched. Read more
I read the book in just a handful of sittings. It's a very easy and fast read and I'm very impressed with Thrasher's ability to develop a genuinely dark and ominous atmosphere... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I couldn't put these books down. I really appreciated the spiritual aspect Thrashed weaves into the book. I highly recommend all four books.Published on February 10, 2013 by Lynn Stumberg
Thrasher writes teen fiction better than anything else I think. He captures it so well. Of all his books I've read, these are my favorites. Read morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Nakila
Gravestone picks up where Solitary left off, right after New Year's Eve and all the events that happened. Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Dii
High School English teachers everywhere need to consider this series for summer reading! Sure, Red Badge of Courage is a classic that is filled with symbolism, but this modern... Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by sunshine37135
I have a love/hate relationship with the second (or more often middle) book in a series. It is usually either amazing or falls flat. Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by Jess @ Such a Novel Idea