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(Solitary Tales #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,483 ratings  ·  251 reviews
His Loneliness Will Soon Turn to Fear…. When Chris Buckley moves to Solitary, North Carolina, he faces the reality of his parents’ divorce, a school full of nameless faces—and Jocelyn Evans. Jocelyn is beautiful and mysterious enough to leave Chris speechless. But the more Jocelyn resists him, the more the two are drawn together. Chris soon learns that Jocelyn has secrets as deep as ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by David C Cook
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Jun 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-books-read
I picked this up as either a Kindle freebie or a cheapie. It looked interesting and I like young adult novels as much as anything else.


This one wasn't for me. The story follows Chris Buckley and his mother, who move back to her hometown of Solitary, North Carolina, after Chris' parents divorce. He falls in love with a girl at school who has secrets, and comes to understand nearly everyone in town has secrets - and most of them are dark.

Sounds good, right?

Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just finished “Solitary” by Travis Thrasher, and I have to tell you, I am very thankful that I waited and did not read this book when it was first released. Why? Because I would have had to wait months or even a year to read the second book, and I would have hated to be in suspense for that long!
Chris Buckley is a new kid in a new school, transplanted by way of his parents divorce into Solitary, North Carolina (which is where I feel like I live sometimes, by the way. I do live in small
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
My first thoughts of wanting to read this book were correct. I went on an amazing ride during this one. Travis Thrasher seems to channel Stephen King, Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti and other great authors, yet he keeps his novels true to him. I hate comparing authors to other authors because it sounds like they don’t have their own voice. This is not what I mean when I do this with Travis Thrasher. I think I do it more to share that if you like certain authors you might like his books. But if you do ...more
Danielle Mellott
Did I just get saved?

The book, overall, was good. It was engrossing and fast-paced, and I managed to finish it in one day. But the end was frustrating and a little confusing. (spoliers)

1) So many little subplots were left unanswered. I know it's a series, but I don't even know if I want to bother. This book wound up leaving me unsatisfied. I can't imagine investing another few hundred pages.

2) Somewhere along the line,this took a religious turn. I know it's sl
Jun 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Kindle freebie. Many people like this book a lot. After the ending, it just made me mad. Chris and his mom mover to her home town after his parents divorce. It quickly becomes apparent that something is wrong with this town of Solitary and Chris quickly falls for Jocelyn. Chris is bullied and warned to get out of town, stay away from Jocelyn, etc. etc. Weird spooky things happen to him, the town is full of secrets. And the book does not end well. Its supposed to be christian fiction and there is ...more
Tracey Dyck
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First reading: June 2013

Second reading (audio book): July 2017

I remember loving this the first time! Listening to it on audio was a different experience, though still quite good. I think I prefer it in print, just because I tend to fly through 1st person books, and you can't exactly speed-read when you're listening. ;)

It was cool to come back to it now that I know how the series ends.

And I'd add more thoughts about the plot and characters, but I'm
Sep 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Sixteen year old Chris Buckley moves to a new town after the divorce of his parents. While he struggles with the disintegration of his family, he must now adjust to a new school with new classmates, new teachers and expectations from all that he blend in and not cause a stir. Add to this the fact that his mother is not handling the divorce very well and has taken to drinking herself into a stupor on quite a few occasions. But there is something weird and creepy about the whole town, everyone see ...more
Matt Schiariti
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I read a Travis Thrasher novel (that being Isolation nearly three years ago do the day). Honestly I downloaded this one to my kindle because it was a free download of the day sort of thing. It's been sitting on my beloved e reader for a few months as I've been reading books by favorite authors, new authors, favorite series, etc.

Being in a horror mood and having just finished a Scott Nicholson novel (Liquid should read his books..seriously)I found thi
Jill Williamson
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Review by Jill Williamson

Chris Buckley moves to Solitary, North Carolina. His mom has divorced his dad and they are on their own, living in a tiny cabin in the woods. That’s a little weird for Chris, having lived in the suburbs of Chicago, but worse is having to make new friends at a school where no one seems to look at anyone. What’s with this crazy town, anyway?

Then Chris meets Jocelyn and everything changes. He makes it his life goal to get to know her better, but she’
Vanya D.
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
I received this book to review from Netgalley. I loved every sentence of it, every word, every letter. It took me on a journey full of grotesque secrets, unbelievable mysteries and fear that cannot be described properly with words. It showed me that nothing is accomplished easily in life, not the bad, and certainly not the good. It taught me that even if evil does win a battle, love is always there to shine through it; that even in the darkest of times, hope comes around for those who have faith ...more
Amanda G. Stevens
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
SOLITARY is basically a Christian horror story, except it isn't. The scariest aspect of this novel lies in its lack of fantasy. Huge contrast to most horror stories, in which the villain has superhuman strength and eighty-seven lives, but the "heroes" could still maybe survive if they used a fleck of common sense. In SOLITARY, the villain is ... a town? A religion? A group of people following that religion? The group leader? Demons themselves? All of the above, apparently (at the end, the reader ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: library-books
I. Hate. This. Book. I have never hated a book as much as I hate this one. Okay, maybe hate is a strong word, but don't even bother with this book. You will be left very disappointed. I mean, what kind of ending is that?! (view spoiler) This book was just confusing and creepy. If you're looking for a good book, don't bother with this one. This book was not worth my time. I don't know if I can handle trying t ...more
M.K. Aneal
Jul 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: regrets
Okay, well this book was one on my list of books to never recommend to anyone. It's like that moment you are so hungry and your Mom tells you their is a couple cookies in the cookie jar you can eat. So your hope builds as you walk over thinking of how delicious such will be and you open the lid expecting a great finale of delicious cookies! But woe, you open to lid to find only a few miniscule crumbles and dissapointment and anger builds within your very being. This is the story of this book. Th ...more
Jeff Black
This book is difficult to rate. First of all, I don't like creepy books or movies so I didn't want to finish this book. The thing is I couldn't put it down either. I hated this so much at the end but I couldn't say that it was horrible. The book left me depressed and anger and any book that can do that is super good. So this rating is definitely going to be hard to do. So the solution is I'm going to leave it un-stared............. Harsh I know but what can I do..... mixed feelings here.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audiobooks, age-ya
Chris just moved to Solitary, North Carolina with his mom, and quickly he discovers a girl and a mystery. Jocelyn flashes hot and cold, but Chris suspects this has something to do with her step-uncle and perhaps a cult. When Chris begins to receive threatening messages telling him to leave Jocelyn alone, he decides he needs to find out what exactly is going on in Solitary.

This audiobook dragged for me. It took so long for any weirdness to show up, and even longer for Chris to take it
Joshua Rollins
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travis-thrasher
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I don't know what to think about this one. I liked it more during the beginning but now I just don't know. It's big on mystery but nothing gets explained. I realize this is the first in a series but if a series starts off leaving readers in the dark, why would they want to continue? I'm not entirely curious about what's to come next. I liked the protagonist, Chris. He seems like a good kid wanting to do what he can to help those in need. He's funny, smart but also a little naive. His love intere ...more
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-favorites
I have to admit that when I first heard about Solitary, the only reason I wanted to read it was because it takes place in North Carolina. I know that sounds silly, but I love to read books set in my home state. Now, whenever I am getting ready to start a new book I have this little ritual I do. I read what the book is about and I also like to go online and read some of the reviews, so I know what to expect. I was a little surprised by how the reviews made this book sound really scary. I don’t sc ...more
Christy Lockstein
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Solitary by Travis Thrasher is the first in the Solitary Tales series. Chris Buckley's life has been turned upside down by his parents' divorce. Forced to leave his friends behind in his hometown of Chicago, he moves to Solitary, North Carolina with his mother where they live in the cabin his uncle disappeared from several months ago. In school and town, Chris is made to feel like an outsider when people glare at him and he is threatened by the school bullies. He thinks that he may have found a ...more
Lara Van Hulzen
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Thriller. Suspense. Page-Turner. Any one of these can be used to describe the book, Solitary.

When Chris moves to Solitary, North Carolina with his mom to start a new life after a nasty divorce, he learns quickly that everything around him is not quite right. He falls almost immediately in love with a girl at school named Jocelyn. Everyone in town warns him to stay away from her, but no one will tell him exactly why.

The town bully won’t leave Chris alone, and a kid named R
Jan 30, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was a bit different than many of the young adult ones out there. Sometimes this was for the better, while other times, it wasn’t quite so lucky.
The best part of the novel is the tension that flows throughout the pages. There is a real sense of pacing that keeps the reader turning the pages. There are also many truly frightening moments, which are not as easy to write as people think. Many times I found myself looking around my room as I read at night, wondering if I really was alone.
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Scary, Thriller, Rebellious

When Chris Buckley’s parents split, he sides with his mother, and they move to Solitary to live in his uncle’s cabin. In the cabin, it appears that Chris’s uncle walked out of his life without taking any of his possessions. At school, as the new kid, Chris attracts attention of girls and the resident bully, while strange things go on all over town. When he meets Jocelyn he looses his heart, but she suggests that things are not what they seem.

This book is w
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
My rating: 4.5 stars

The first book in The Solitary Tales series starts off right away with an attention gripping preface and while the main plot doesn't begin to show until partway through, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the whole book!

I think Solitary was well written, easy to read, and definitely entertaining! The characters were enjoyable and I liked how the book was written in the first person.

I thought a couple of things in Solitary were weird - like the do
Michelle Griep
Dec 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
If you’re a Peretti or Dekker fan, here’s another author to add to your favorites list. Creepy. Intriguing. Sometimes downright chilling. Solitary is a solid scare-your-pants-off kind of book.

And I loved it.

Thrasher’s portrayal of high school angst is totally believable, right down to the dialogue between teens. In fact, so believable that I recommended it to my tenth grader. She read the book in two days, which is quite the thumbs-up from her.

I particularl
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This series of books was actually mostly written for the teen audience. These are beautiful tales showing the coming to and journey to redemption. Classics of Good and Evil. I am way past teenage, but I really loved Solitary. I am looking forward to finding what happens in the final 3 volumes. Some might find these books on the creepy side, but they were tame to me compared to some other reviews. I think this would depend on your mindset. I really loved Chris's Character in resisting temptation ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very mysterious read. The story is about Chris a young 16 year old moving into the town of Solitary with him mom after their recent divorce. Chris does not get to a very good start. He is not wanted in this town and when he becomes interested in Jocelyn, he gets warned to stay away from her. What makes this book so good is all the mystery behind what is happening and the secrets that are kept. Who do you trust. This is a christian book, however, Chris is not a christian and he is indifferent t ...more
Meridyth Harrison
Jun 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
I was as confused as the main character the whole time as to what was going on in this little NC town. And it was never really clear except for a few sightings of rituals and people in cloaks. Just a lot of 'you had better be careful' kind of warnings all throughout the book. Then in the end, this character comes out of nowhere and tells him that he can save the girl, only to find out that he didn't. It seems that the author got bored in the end and killed the girl, then ended
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has been, by far, one of my favorite ones EVER! I absolutely recommend this book for people who like mystery, horror and comedy. I read this book in a week, and some nights I would go to sleep at midnight or even later because I couldnt put it down. Travis has this way of making every single thing real, as if you are part of the story and I think is amazing because not every book does that. Also, this book just got me, like GOT ME. Thrasher is so deep when writing that is just so, wow, ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an intense read for me & like nothing I've read before. This was my 1st thriller novel. I like that God was brought into the story in a way that was real & not pushy. The ending was an abrupt shock that I wasn't sure I was happy with, but I think it will work in conjunction with the 3 other novels in this series. The one downside that tended to bring me out of the story was some omissions of words/grammatical errors throughout the book.
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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 co

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