A masterful conclusion to the Solitary Tales series: My review of "Hurt" by @travisthrasher


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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—and wonders who will be left when he finally makes his stand.

The fourth and final book in the Solitary Tales shines light into deep darkness as Chris’s journey to Solitary comes to a dramatic close.

my review....

"Hurt" is a fabulous conclusion to the series that has brought us the thoroughly likable character of Chris Buckley. These books may be aimed at a teen audience, but I have fully enjoyed each one of them, even as an adult. Thrasher's prose is beautiful to read, full of depth and emotion that is balanced by suspense and some truly shocking imagery. This is probably my favourite book out of the four book series, particularly for how it is able to fully explore Chris' spiritual journey and his understanding of God. Some of the scenes where Chris is peering beyond the veil, catching glimpses of what heaven will be like, are beautiful to behold. I love how the author reveals Chris' utter humanness, the times he falters and makes mistakes, and yet balances this with his courage and his strength. Here is a character who teens can truly look up to, one they can identify with in the everyday struggles Chris deals with, and yet be inspired by as he puts his own needs and wants last.

I highly recommend not only this book, but the entire series, especially for teen readers who are looking for a clean alternative to many of the other options in the literary market. Well done Travis Thrasher! Here's hoping Chris has a future in another series one day! 4.5 out of 5 stars.

An egalley of the book was provided by the publisher, David C. Cook, via netgalley, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

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Critically acclaimed and creatively diverse novelist Travis Thrasher has made a career out of defying expectations.Writing stories that have moved, haunted and provoked readers, Thrasher has told tales in a variety of genres. His one common theme is brokenness, and his one common tactic is surprise. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago.

For more information on Travis, go to www.travisthrasher.com

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