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(Solitary Tales #4)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  55 reviews
His Rebellion Will Soon Turn to HopeWhen Chris Buckley first encountered the mysteries of creepy Solitary, North Carolina, he had little idea how far he would fall into the town’s shadows. After losing the love of his life, Chris tried to do things his way. He hunted answers. Then he gave up trying to find them. But now Chris comes back to Solitary knowing there’s a ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by David C Cook (first published September 1st 2012)
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Amanda G. Stevens
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well, Chris Buckley, I guess this is goodbye.

Part of me does want to write this review to the protagonist. It's that kind of series: one in which you lose track of pages because you're not really reading; you're listening to this kid tell you his story. The plot could go almost anywhere and you'd have to stay with it because it's Chris and you're going to worry about him until he's out of danger. His questionable choices tick you off and his wise choices make you cheer and the question of his
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My family and friends think I've become absolutely nuts over how much I've talked about this series so any words to describe how I'd been anticipating HURT would be an understatement.
For me, HURT is a satisfying conclusion to the Solitary Tales. Explored in four releases, each book had a unique tone to their writing. SOLITARY gave us a feel of fear, anger dominated the pages of GRAVESTONE, wreckless rebellion in TEMPTATION. In HURT, we find Chris still lost, still confused, but radiating a new
Me at the middle of the book:

Go, Chris! GO!!!! You can win this! Just have a little faith and everything will be fine!

Me at the last pages of Hurt:

I really want to finish this book.

No I don't.

I want to know how Chris is going to resolve all of this stuff.

Yeah, but then the story will end and you will want to read more books of Chris and there are none

Me closing the book:

I was right. I need more books of Chris Buckley!

PS: I love this series. Even when I still have questions
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
If you should ever happen upon a quite little remote mountain community with the sign welcoming you to Solitary, turn around. Do not enter and forget you ever saw this place. In fact, Solitary is just that, a place that longs to be kept a silent secret. Isolated. Alone. Just like the name implies. However for Chris Buckley, it's a town he can't escape. It's a town that has ties to him that bind the soul. One he has been desperately searching for a way out of only to be brought to the conclusion ...more
Lisa Johnson
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Title: Hurt (Solitary Series Book #4)
Author: Travis Thrasher
Pages: 496
Year: 2013
Publisher: David C. Cook
In the fourth and final installment of this series, the author brings an end to the tale that began in the first novel, Solitary. The novel is classified as “Young Adult”, but adults will enjoy the interesting work of fiction as well. The previous installments lay not only the foundation for the narrative, but also heighten the mystery contained in the series. Chris is the main male character
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Review on my blog (to be posted 7/11):

Hurt was a really good read. After being a little disappointed with book three, Temptation (just didn't enjoy it as much as I had thought I would), my expectations weren't that high going in to Hurt. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed this book a lot more that I had anticipated and it was a great conclusion to the Solitary Tales!

The story was intriguing and kept
Hurt is the final installment in the Solitary Tales series. This highly anticipated book was well worth the wait! I decided to re read Temptation (bk3) before diving into Hurt. The end of book three shows us Chris Buckley turning to God and offers a glimmer of hope for Chris and his life in the whacked out evil town of Solitary, NC. Chris's new found faith helps him along in his journey to find his mom, protect his girlfriend, and conquer the evil in his bloodline and in this town. I loved so ...more
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I had no idea this was the fourth book in a series, but I enjoyed the book all the same. It’s a Christian-themed book though, but I didn’t mind. There’s a mystery, solid writing, and horror. I felt easily connected to main character Chris, and the town of Solitary was almost like a character on its own. Definitely recommended to horror fans.
Jim Pennington
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Everything you want from the ending to this series and more. Like the series finale to Lost, there are still questions, but I loved that element of the story.
Julie Kuebler
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
My review: "I enjoyed Hurt a lot more than Gravestone, BUT!, I was left scratching my head at the end. I liked watching Chris try to take control of his life and future. He's a lovable character and I really hated how his luck with girls is pretty much nonexistent, so I was really rooting for him and his girlfriend Kelsey. Of course, the bad guys in Solitary don't want them together, and they don't care about hurting whoever gets in the way of what they think is Chris's destiny.

As I mentioned
Concetta Kellough
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved how this final book of the series brought the spiritual battle between good and evil, God versus Satan, to the forefront. The battle was evident in the first three books but was more pronounced in this final book. I am a librarian at a K-12 school, and I will be recommending it to students who enjoy books about the supernatural. Once again, I hope they make a movie(s) out of this series.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's over!

Wow! This book was my favorite in the whole series. I think chapter 83 was my favorite chapter. The author did a great job portraying a new Christian. One part reminded me of Peter denying Jesus with his mouth 3 times, but God still loved Him and mightly used Him. Very well done!
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
His Rebellion Will Soon Turn to Hope.

When Chris Buckley first encountered the mysteries of creepy Solitary, North Carolina, he had little idea how far he would fall into the town’s shadows. After losing the love of his life, Chris tried to do things his way. He hunted answers. Then he gave up trying to find them.

But now Chris comes back to Solitary knowing there’s a purpose for his being there. As he watches his place in a twisted and evil bloodline become clear, Chris waits for the last battle—
Lindsey Silvestrini
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Compelling, mesmerizing, mysterious, evil yet spiritual. Hurt encompasses so many components in one powerful novel. It is the fourth and final book in The Solitary Tales series and while I didn’t read the first three, I was able to catch up and understand what was going on. Trasher efficiently referenced things that happened in the previous books so that I wasn’t lost. I was a bit hesitant to read this as I don’t enjoy horror but I was extremely curious as to how a Christian book would ...more
Matt Schiariti
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Will he ride off into the sunset? Or will Chris Buckley find himself falling into the evil depths of the town of Solitary?

He couldn't get away that easily. After returning to his native Chicago, Chris finds himself back amongst the shadows and secrets of Solitary. He finds his true purpose, what the past year and a half have been all about. Many of his questions will be answered, but he's not going to like what he finds out: he has until Memorial day. By May 28th he must make a decision. Embrace
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You won't want to put it down.
Travis Thrasher finally delivers. Hurt is not only the best of the series, but easily one of the best books I've read for a long while. Chris is one of the most real protagonists of any book I've ever read. The supporting characters all feel real as well, and you grow to care about them, even when their actions frustrate you.

This book follows Chris as he struggles to keep his loved ones safe while waiting for whatever is supposed to happen on Memorial Day. All he
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
Michelle Griep
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was seriously afraid to read HURT. I’d waited like a puppy at his dish for this baby to arrive, but once I held it in my hot little paws, I set it on my desk for weeks without cracking it open…not that I didn’t look at the cover every time I passed by.

There were two reasons for my fear factor, and neither of them involve creepy mannequins or broken doll heads. I was afraid to read HURT because I feared I wouldn’t like the ending, that there just wouldn’t be enough closure to satisfy me. And I
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-read
GoodReads Synopsis: His Rebellion Will Soon Turn to Hope When Chris Buckley first encountered the mysteries of creepy Solitary, North Carolina, he had little idea how far he would fall into the town’s shadows. After losing the love of his life, Chris tried to do things his way. He hunted answers. Then he gave up trying to find them. But now Chris comes back to Solitary knowing there’s a purpose for his being there. As he watches his place in a twisted and evil bloodline become clear, Chris waits ...more
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Travis Thrasher may be THE author who will keep surprising me as a reader.

As I was finishing "Hurt" I kept thinking how the author said that "The Solitary Tales" was his answer to the "Twilight" series. That may have been the genesis of the proposal, but I finished the series believing it is the 21st century answer to Frank Peretti's "This Present Darkness" and "Piercing the Darkness." Both series make real the spiritual warfare that Christians are involved in, but Thrasher makes it more
Vanya D.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just WOW!!! What a conclusion to an amazing series!! Thrasher has done the impossible and finished this series with a blast!

I was a bit afraid to read Hurt, wondering whether it would be a disappointment, or not. It turned out my fears were unnecessary. Just like the rest of the novels in the Solitary Series, Hurt was amazing. It left me breathless, and pleasantly satisfied.

Hurt was full of mysteries and revelations. Everything that got started in Solitary, Gravestone and Temptation found
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If an author is going to hold my attention through four books in one series, he or she has a gift. Travis Thrasher has that gift. I read Solitary when it first came out and was amazed by how good the story was.

These books are written more for young adults, but it sounds like Travis and I are from the same generation so his references to the movies of my favorite, John Hughes, appealed to me before I ever read the first book. I could see small influences in some key places all throughout this
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Okay, I've been ignoring it, but it became clear in this book: this is Christian fiction. That's not actually a bad thing (note: I'm not religious) in fact it fit surprisingly well into the story. It was preachy, yes, and increasingly obvious that it was promoting finding God. But honestly, Chris has had such a sucky life, he needed some hope. Besides the religious bits, the story started out a little slowly. Kelsey is the least interesting of the love interest in my opinion. But there were some ...more
Hurt is the continuing story of Chris Buckley, who came to the town of Solitary with his mother, only to discover that a group of creepy, evil men want him to take over their business from his grandfather that everyone thought was dead. With his mother now locked in rehab, crazies are coming out of the woodwork and Chris has no way to fight against them. Chris begins seeing things that happened in the past and putting all the pieces together. He now knows that May 28 will be the end, one way, or ...more
Travis Thrasher has done an incredible job of keeping me riveted to this entire series, covering the genres of horror, thriller, mystery,Christianity so well with a style that is dark and edgy, always moving! In this final book, he has answered so many questions, while leaving room for the reader's personal interpretation and hopes for the future for the young hero, Chris Buckley.

Chris is an amazing character, alone in a frightening world, caught between good and evil, trying to decide whether
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Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
HURT by Travis Thrasher is a compelling suspense/fiction for Young Adults. #4 in "The Solitary Tales",but can be read as a stand alone,I have not read all the others as of yet and was not lost.
See,"Solitary","Gravestone",and "Temptation". Set in Solitary,North Carolina,it is filled with danger,darkness,hope,drama,redemption,secrets,evil, and light. Chris Buckley has a long way to go,after losing the love of his life he has many questions that needs answers. "Hurt" is a compelling story for
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
The final book of the series. And this series, you do have to read in order are you will get lost and not see the signficance of it being all brought together. It is a fast read. The audience for these series is for young adults, however as a older adult, I did enjoy these series and the lesson of how spiritual battles are fought.

I was a very uncomfortable about the theology of the signficance of the blue jay. Even though it was a assumption of Chris (our main character), it can lead a reader
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf, favorites
Oh my gosh! This book is amazing! My favorite of the whole series. I loved Solitary (the first book) as soon as I read the first chapter and as I continued to read it (and the rest of the series) I fell even more in love. This fourth and final book did not disappoint. It made the series as a whole stronger and more powerful.
I can relate to Chris Buckley in so many ways, which really helped make the series even better. I started reading the series at the same age as Chris is when the first book
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Contains spoilers!!

The last book in the Solitary Tales. Sadly, the ending of the story of the beloved Chris. I was very surprised by this book. It started out as if there was no hope, as it did throughout the series. But as the mysteries unfolded and gradually were explained, light was shone on the whole situation. Part of me wants another book. Or three more. As Chris finds his way to God, readers can see how much God can change things. This book series has a great message, and has inspired me
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5

I've never been a fan of thriller books or films, so even with the many 5-star reviews I saw for Hurt, I didn't know what to expect from this novel. Unfortunately, I closed the last page feeling very confused and disappointed. I didn't take away an overall message from the novel either. In all honestly, this may be partly because I hadn't read the earlier books in the series. Even though I didn't have the best experience with the book, the main character has a hilarious and
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Bestselling author Travis Thrasher has written over 50 books, spanning genres in fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes, celebrities and pastors.

With the childhood goal of pursuing a writing career starting in third grade, Thrasher worked for 13 years at Tyndale House Publishers after graduating

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Solitary Tales (4 books)
  • Solitary (Solitary Tales, #1)
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  • Temptation (Solitary Tales, #3)
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