Gravestone by Travis Thrasher
The Solitary Tales: Book 2
David C. Cook / 2011
In the latest book in the four-book Solitary Tales, Travis Thrasher once again plunges young adult readers into the dark mysteries of Solitary, North Carolina. At first, Chris Buckley was simply warned. And watched. But as Chris unravels the haunting riddles of quiet Solitary, he finds that much more than the life of a town is at stake. Whether facing a pastor with a house full of skeletons or a cousin he never knew existed, Chris is forced to choose between light and darkness, life and nightmarish death. In this shocking sequel to Solitary, Travis Thrasher masterfully weaves a tale of one high school student thrown into a battle over a town, a secret-and ultimately his own soul.
Gravestone is the second book in "The Solitary Tales" and my favorite so far! It started out with a great prologue that right away brought me back to Solitary, North Carolina and all that is going on in Chris Buckley's life.
I found the story to be interesting and, at times, creepy (in a good way). There were a few times I found myself confused (and I think that was the point), but all that just made me want to keep reading to find out what was going on!
I liked the fact that there seemed to be a lot more talk of faith in Gravestone than I remember there being in Solitary - it gave more depth and meaning to the story and I'm hoping it continues in the next "Solitary Tales" novels.
I liked the characters and the way they reacted to certain things was believable. There was a lot of suspense, action, and mystery in Gravestone and with the ending it has, I can hardly wait to read the next book, Temptation, to see what will happen next.
Gravestone is a great read that I think mid-to-older teens and adults who like suspense and don't mind some weirdness will enjoy - I loved it! I recommend reading Solitary (book one) first, though, because that way things will be in context.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book 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.*