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"In the third installment in Thrasher's Solitary Tales, Chris Buckley, who is originally from Chicago, moves with his mom to Solitary, North Carolina. Narrator Kirby Heyborne presents diverse characters and a range of emotions while keeping the story fast paced and compelling. He particularly succeeds in conveying the many viewpoints Chris confronts as he faces temptation and makes difficult decisions, especially when the line between good and evil is not fully apparent. Adding to the story is Chris and Lily's romance, which is sweet yet believable." 
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About the Author

Travis Thrasher is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction, including Solitary, Gravestone, Isolation and Ghostwriter. His writing is known for its honesty, depth, and surprising twists. Thrasher lives with his wife and daughters in Chicago.


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Product Details

  • Series: Solitary Tales Series (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434764176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434764171
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Critically acclaimed author Travis Thrasher has made a career out of defying expectations. He's written over twenty-five books that have crossed the spectrum between love stories and supernatural thrillers. His variety of inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, and pastors. He's also helped write memoirs and self-help books. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago.

For more information on Travis, visit www.travisthrasher.com.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Josh Olds of Life is Story on March 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
QUICK HIT - In the third book in The Solitary Tales, Chris Buckley has reached his breaking point. I wouldn't want to actually be in Chris Buckley's shoes, but being able to step into them through Thrasher's art of story has been an entertaining and thought-provoking experience I won't soon forget.

Chris Buckley needs answers but he also needs his sanity. Given the events of Solitary and Gravestone, those two things just might be mutually exclusive. Ever since Chris and his mom moved to the supposedly sleepy town of Solitary, strange things have been happening. Well, that's an understatement. More like Chris finds himself caught up in a town that acts like nothing is wrong while covering up blatant murder, occult activity, a beyond weird pastor, a mysterious past, and something to do with mannequins. Something demonic is going down in Solitary and somehow Chris is tied to it.

In Temptation, Chris decides he simply cannot take the fight anymore and gives up. Let evil continue. He can't stop it. He should be able to enjoy his last year in high school as much as possible and then just get out, leave, call it quits. Never speak of Solitary again. Or Jocelyn. Or Poe. Or Kelsey. If he can't uncover the truth, he'll run from the carnage it brings. Only he's running the wrong direction.

But it's in running that Chris begins to find some answers--maybe. The pastor, Jeremiah Marsh, seems intent on revealing more of his secrets to Chris. Solitary's tie to Chris's ancestry is revealed. Questions Chris longed to have answered now seem to find him. Running away turns out to be not an option, because whatever evil there is in the town needs him. He can fight or give up but he can't not play the game. Temptation is a battle for Chris Buckley's soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on April 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
3.5 stars

After reading Solitary (really liked it) and Gravestone (loved it) plus the short B-Side story to the series Thrasher wrote, Something I Can Never Have, I was anticipating Temptation very much!

The prologue was great and grabbed my attention. I loved how it showed a little of what was to come at the end of the story, but without giving away key things.

I got a little annoyed with Chris in Temptation - mainly during the first half of the book. I just didn't really care for the girl craziness and I ended up putting the book aside for a while because of that. I did, however, end up liking him again during the last half - especially near the end.

I didn't like when Chris seemed so preoccupied by Lily and the possibility of "being together". I know he wasn't a Christian yet, but I just didn't care for that aspect of the story. Also, there is a cuss word in the book. If you're someone who doesn't care for these types of things, you'll now be prepared.

I liked the supernatural elements in Temptation. While I did get some answers to what is going on in this book, I still have some questions and can hardly wait to read Hurt and find out how things will turn out for Chris.

Overall, Temptation was a good read. The first half was okay, but that last half was great! Should you decide to read it, you should definitely read Solitary and Gravestone first as this series is best read in order.

*I received this book for free for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vanya Petkova on May 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Please take note that there are some minor spoilers in this review.

Another awesome book I got from Netgalley. Another awesome book from this extremely talented author.

I absolutely love this series, because not a single string of action, not a single word is out of its appropriate place. And also because everything in it is so unbelievably complicated. So complicated in fact, that you get the feeling that the tight knot of events and mysteries and unanswered questions would never ever get untied. And it's so complicated because people - real people - are complicated. Only a true writing master can portray fictional characters as if they were real, tangible, and Thrasher does a marvelous job of it.

During the entire novel I felt like I knew Chris as if he was in my own circle of friends. I felt like he was a boy from the neighborhood, whose life I was privy to. It was an incredible experience, walking alongside him, seeing through his eyes, feeling through his heart, and figuring things out through the cogs and wheels in his brain.

Absolutely fantastic!

Well, I can't say that all his decisions were great, but hey - we're talking about a 17 year old boy here. A teenager who's been through so much, and the miracle here was that he's still standing, and he's still willing to fight. Yeah, he got pretty beat up by the reality of who was pulling the strings, but I can't really blame him. Fighting hadn't really won him any freedom. Or answers.

Now the temptation to give in is stronger than ever and it almost felt like Chris was ready to just let go and stop fighting.

The twists and turns were incredibly strong. I had no idea what was going on half the time, and I got blown by a heap of surprises. It was an amazing experience...
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