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Creepy Doesn't Begin to Describe it,
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This review is from: Solitary: A Novel (Solitary Tales Series) (Paperback)
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Strange men wearing trench coats are staring at you, everyone in the school warns you to stay away from the girl you can't help but be drawn to, you find a creepy, abandoned cabin out in the woods, and you can't shake the sense that somebody or something is watching you, following you, staring in your window at night and probing your very thoughts.
Welcome to Solitary.
Travis Thrasher has already proven himself capable of writing page turners about things that go bump in the night, but with Solitary, he ups the ante. You get the sense very early on that something is not right about this town. There are deadly secrets, questions that nobody seems to want to answer. Thrasher does an admirable job of dropping in new mysteries all through out the book, so that by the time you finish, your mind is buzzing with theories and you are frantic for book two.
Thrasher is no stranger to first person narrative, and here he squeezes out all of its potential, thrusting us into the head of sixteen-year-old Chris Buckley. Chris is about as likeable a character as they come. He's no wimp; we see him spouting off smart remarks to the face of the school bully, going out in the dead of night to explore the eerie woods alone, and expressing a general lack of disregard toward the threats to mind his own business and to just blend in like everyone else.
Chris isn't the only character to like here. His attraction, Jocelyn Evans, is complex and elusive, and like Chris, we as readers are dying to know what she is hiding. Chris's other friends, Poe, Rachel, Newt and Ray are all well drawn out characters that are each unique and enjoyable to read.
It is obvious that Thrasher is a fan of such TV shows as Lost and Twin Peaks, and that they played a role in the inspiration for this series. Fans of those types of stories will find plenty here to love.
People who don't generally pick up young adult fiction shouldn't shy away from Solitary. Not for one moment did I feel like this was any less engaging than Thrasher's adult fiction. In fact, I'd rank it right up there with Ghostwriter as my favorite Thrasher novel to date. (Psst, fans of Ghostwriter, be on the lookout for the Dennis Shore reference.)
Solitary is creepy, fun, and impossible to put down. I can't imagine a much better beginning to what is sure to be a mind-bending, stellar series. Put this one at the top of your list, and don't be surprised if you're picking it up a month later to read it again.