Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Travis Thrasher's Gravestone ~ Reviewed

By Travis Thrasher
June 2011
David C. Cook Publisher
ISBN 978-1-4347-6419-5

Review by Michelle Griep

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 weaves a tale of one high school student thrown into a battle over a town, a secret—and ultimately his own soul.

Creep-a-dilly-icious! GRAVESTONE is a freaky ride that leaves you hanging on the edge of a cliff….with one foot hanging over. And someone nudging you from behind. Yes, it’s that good. Author Travis Thrasher is a master of scare-your-pants-off story telling. Personally, I like him better than Dekker. Oops, did I say that out loud?

This is the second book in the Solitary Tales, and if you haven’t read the first yet (SOLITARY), you really should. In this installment, former characters are more fully developed and new characters are introduced. I’m still cranky about Jocelyn’s death in the first book, but she’s certainly not forgotten in this one.

Hero Chris continues to be the consummate teenager. He remains loveable and as clueless as ever. He uncovers a few new secrets but there are many left to wonder about. From one hair-raising encounter to the next, he manages—just barely—to keep a step ahead of the evil bad guys…whoever, or more like whatever that is.

This is one story you’ll want to read with all the lights on, and if you’re squeamish about mannequins, well, let’s just say you might want to hold someone’s hand as well. GRAVESTONE is definitely worth the effort. Conquer your fears and go for it.


Noah Arsenault said...

How did you get a copy of this??!?

Kelly Klepfer said...

Noah, this was an advanced reader copy used for promotional purposes and reviews.

Often we get books a few months before a release because the publisher would like people to see reviews posted around the time of the release.

Sometimes the books don't even have cover art or are in 8 1/2 x 11 format with "quote here" noted, etc. etc. and with the warning that we shouldn't quote anything without permission because it might not be accurate once the book is through the editing process and in the final book format.