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Gravestone (Solitary Tales #2)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  387 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
His fear will soon turn to angerand ultimately his own soul.
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published (first published June 1st 2011)
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Amanda G. Stevens
GRAVESTONE is the second book in the Solitary Tales series (and yes, they must be read in order). Chris Buckley is a normal seventeen-year-old uprooted from Chicago and planted in a tiny, not-so-normal town. Something old and evil is at work in Solitary, and its residents all seem either complicit with said evil or oblivious to it. The losses of the first book forge a new Chris, one who will do anything to understand and prove what has happened here. And what is still happening.

Kevin Lucia
Mar 14, 2012 Kevin Lucia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things have only gotten worse for Chris Buckley. Life had been bad enough since moving to the small, strange town of Solitary. Everything turned upside-down. Yanked from the life he knew – friends, school, familiar haunts and faces – uprooted and dragged to a backwoods freak-show of epic proportions, transformed from one of the “in” kids to an outsider. A weirdo. The “new kid” everyone stares at.

But then came Jocelyn. Pale. Beautiful. Mysterious. And about as inconstant as the wind. And, despite
Nov 02, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Heather Hettinger
Jul 06, 2011 Heather Hettinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still more questions!!! ARGH! The use of dialogue and quotation improved enough for me to read it without a furrowed brow or curiosity as to what his HS english grades were...but I also found out it is book 2 in a 4 book series. And, of course, book 3 will be out next year, followed by the final book a year after that. I'm really growing tired of the waiting game. Some good twists and turns, and yet another cliffhanger ending-hoping that good triumphs over evil in this series, though. Book 3 is ...more
Matt Schiariti
Nov 15, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrasher's just dangling the carrot...

...right in front of our faces and I love it! Once again, to revert back to the good ole cliche, I just could not stop turning the pages on this one.

Gravestone is the immediate sequel to Solitary (if you haven't read that do so..immediately) and in keeping with the same theme as its predecessor, the town that is Solitary descends deeper and deeper into mystery. It's been a long time since I read a series (or novel for that matter) that raises more questions
Christian Fiction Addiction
Still in shock over witnessing the death of his close friend and the girl he loved, Gravestone continues the story of teenager Chris Buckley, struggling to make sense of his existence in the town of Solitary. His mom still has a close relationship with the bottle, and he begins to question whether she knows more about the strange happenings in Solitary than she lets on. He's continuing to face bullying at school, while trying to understand the complicated world of girls. He makes bizarre discove ...more
Mar 02, 2013 Jeanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a problem- I like a book that is neatly tied up, shows a little redemption at least, and I know who the good guys and the bad guys are. All thru this book, you get intense. The second of a series, you need to read the first one, Chris and his mom move from Chicago to the town she grew up in. The town is not what it seems and if anything it seems evil and dark. The narration is told by Chris as he tries to figure out what happened to Joselyn. His mom finds him a job at a hotel outside of t ...more

Diving deeper into the madness with GRAVESTONE: The Solitary Tales, book 2…

If you just didn’t “get” the first book, it wasn’t your thing or you just flat out hated it, then don’t bother with GRAVESTONE because I’m pretty sure you won’t like it either. BUT!…If you were captivated by the uniqueness and mystery of SOLITARY (as I was) then you’ll love this second installment in the four part series even more… More bizarre, more creepy and more questions… oh so many more questions and it’s just all t
Oct 04, 2013 ☆Joycedale☆ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just place just gets weirder. I'm really starting to think there's a bigger reason his mom moved him there. I'm loving this story but its driving me crazy with questions. Maybe it would be best if he didn't make friends.
I need a highly doses of reality, NOW!
This series is getting better and better!
I honestly don't know how Travis Thrasher is going to overcome this book but I'm looking forward to read it!

Creepy!!! Yeah, I'm so smart reading this at 1:00 in the morning.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Chris Buckley is looking for answers but it seems like he doesn't know quite whom he can trust anymore. The one person who meant the world to him has been murdered and his mom seems to be in a perpetual drunken state all the time. Now that he finds himself back in high school again, he reaches out to the only three friends he had left, but he can't find Rachel. She doesn't seem to be in school any longer and Poe, refuses to acknowledge him except for angry outbursts. Relying on the only friend l ...more
Feb 11, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
“Gravestone” pretty much continues right where “Solitary” left off.

Chris is enraged…enraged over what happened to Jocelyn. Enraged because he can’t trust anyone. Enraged because he still can’t get any answers to what the deal is with Solitary! Out of nowhere, a young man appears claiming to be his cousin Jared, offering help. And then there is Iris, the proprietor of the Crag’s Inn, where Chris finds part time work. Lastly, there is Kelsey, the girl from Art class who reminds him that life goes
Amy Lignor
Sep 18, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first Solitary Tale, readers met up with a young man by the name of Chris Buckley, who moved to Solitary, North Carolina with his mother. His mother has a slightly odd past, and some roots in Solitary, and Chris didn’t do so well when he came to town and those ‘odd’ things began to come out of the woodwork. In fact, he quickly found out that there were children/teens disappearing from his neck of the woods, and no one could understand where they had gone.

In Book II, Chris is back, standin
Nov 01, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His Fear Will Soon Turn to Anger….

At first, Chris Buckley was simply warned. And watched. But as Chris unravels the haunting riddles of the town of 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. Every choice he makes reminds him that the unthinkable has already happened—and if he trusts the wrong person,
Sarah Jacquie
I won the last book (Hurt) which kinda sucked, because... well it's the last book and who wants to read the final book of a series first? However, I was really grateful to receive all four of the books and tore through them all.

I will just say that I think he is a good writer, really. However, I just think the stories are a bit too formulaic and then little bits of weird things are thrown in to spice it up that just don't make sense or are left unfinished.

Very predictable story about a boy who d
Joshua Boca
Aug 03, 2016 Joshua Boca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gravestone picks up where Solitary kicks off as Chris deals with the sorrowful anger from the previous event. Travis tries something different here: be prepared for flashbacks and cryptic dreams which, if one does not pay close attention, will confuse some readers. Overall, this book builds from Solitary and makes for great light reading/thrilling story. I look forward to seeing what becomes of Chris and the warped ending which left me with way to many questions than answers. I have theories and ...more
I wanted to rate this book a lot higher. Thrasher has a real talent for genuine suspense. That being said, he completely forgets what's supposed to follow the suspense: thrills.

The suspense builds so nicely, but then it just kinda whimpers away, no triumph, no thrill. And then rinse and repeat. Especially at the end, when you just need that moment of 'YES!'; what we get instead is another whimper.

I almost did not read this book after Solitary's (book one's) ending. And having read it; I'm not so
Apr 21, 2012 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can anything be worse than being picked up in your junior year of high school in a big city and plunked down in a small rural town where you’re known as the outsider? That’s Chris Buckley’s predicament. When his parents divorce, he is forced to leave his normal teenage life in Chicago and move to the small Southern town of Solitary in North Carolina. He has no friends, his mother is caught up in her own world of grieving, and Chris is left to his own devices to figure out what his life will be f ...more
Jill Williamson
Jun 27, 2011 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
A recent tragedy has left Chris Buckley numb. He goes to school, gets a job, and tries to make heads or tails of the insane town of Solitary, North Carolina. His investigations in to what happened only leave him with more questions—and more warnings to stay out of it. His mom is convinced a man haunts her in her dreams, and now she is drinking more than ever.

Chris befriends a girl in art class, but he’s afraid that any new friends he makes may end up getting hurt. He searches for sparks of ligh
Lori Twichell
Sep 19, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As Travis Thrasher’s Solitary series presses on toward what we can only imagine is a cataclysmic battle of good and evil, this second installment to the series leaves no thrills or chills behind. Unfolding like an old fashioned Hitchcockian adventure, this book is guaranteed to leave you with goosebumps and perhaps, a desire to check all the cabinetry in your home to be sure it’s really what it’s supposed to be.

Containing a variety of pop culture references sure to make you laugh, cringe and mor
Michelle Griep
Apr 22, 2011 Michelle Griep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 full
Noah Arsenault
Jul 17, 2011 Noah Arsenault rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first book, my expectation for this one was really high. In some ways I was disappointed, but I'll get to those in a minute. What impressed me was that Thrasher really got into the mind of the character, Chris. Partially by using first person, and partially by using what seemed to be at least 50% of the book for conversations in his head. This is one of the unique aspects of this series. And it didn't get old, even after being accomplished in the first book. My hope is that Thr ...more
Stephanie Joy
I'm just really having a hard time getting on board with this genre of Christian fiction. It's categorized as "Mystery/Suspense", yet it fits more under "Horror", for me. Maybe I just have too active of an imagination, but I have a hard time reconciling with how much fear is invoked in the gruesome imagery. It's also getting a little old that after 800 pages, Chris still basically has no one he can trust and any answers to questions that we're given are basically negated by the fact that Chris c ...more
Gravestone picks up where Solitary left off, right after New Year's Eve and all the events that happened. Chris Buckley is isolated, alone and terrified, wondering who he can trust or believe in. He is broken, tired, terrified.

After the cliff hanger ending of Solitary, we are taken deeper into the turmoil caused by Pastor Jeremiah Marsh and the New Beginnings Church, which Chris believes to be the root of the evil in Solitary. Problem is, pretty much, no one else seems to think this.

I won't say
I had thought book 1 Solitary by Travis Thrashercould not be improved upon, but I was wrong. I loved, loved , loved this. Solitary did not really creep me out, but this one did. This one really go under my skin even more and I became the characters and what they were. I could feel how the Spirit of God was working at the same time the enemy was pulling on the cords. Dreams , darkness, goodness, reality blur and merge together. I did not want the story to end, but I did not want to stop reading to keep it going longer. I ...more
Random thoughts:

Listened to the audio version and loved it! The reader they picked is perfect and he made the story really come alive. Things I remember most from this installment of the Solitary Tales: the tunnels...when Chris discovered the tunnel entrance behind the bathroom cabinet and explores the tunnel. When he comes upon the old man is one of the scariest moments of the book. Also when he is exploring the church and finds the storage room with a coffin and a wax figure of Jeremiah Marsh.
Joshua Rollins
Apr 05, 2012 Joshua Rollins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gravestone is the perfect sequel to Solitary! Gravestone picks up right after the horrible hurricane of events that lead to Jocelyn's death at the end of Solitary. Chris Buckley want answers to why Jocelyn was killed and he wants the killers to pay for what they did, but he has to stay under the "Solitary" radar. So Chris goes digging for evidence but along the way he loses friends, but gains enemies, a cousin, a crush and a job. He is being spyed on and his house is literally haunted by someone ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Glenajo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Buckley and his mother moved to Solitary, North Carolina after his parents separated over the issue of his father’s faith. In the first book, Chris’s life is shattered when his new girlfriend is murdered in a ritualistic killing by a group he believes is made up of the town leaders. Every moment he feels watched. When he turns to an old friend, someone manipulates her, forcing her to leave.

The creepy factor increases in this installment to Thrasher’s Solitary Tales, but this is definitely
Nicole O'Dell
Jul 02, 2011 Nicole O'Dell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrasher is in top form with Gravestone, the follow-up to SOLITARY. and it is clear that Thrasher knows the minds of his YA readers. No one takes readers on a scarier ride. GRAVESTONE is a deliciously creepy read that teens and adults will devour. The special features, like the music play lists recommended by Thrasher, make this an even more interesting experience.

Travis Thrasher was a recent guest on my show, Teen Talk Radio. If you'd like to hear him live, check him out here:
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Bestselling author Travis Thrasher has written over forty books, from love stories to supernatural thrillers. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes and pastors. He’s also helped write memoirs and self-help books. His novelizations include Do You Believe? and God’s Not Dead 2. Among his five upcoming nonfiction collaborations in 2016 is Go Big o ...more
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