Visiting Solitary

Do you read what your kids are reading?  I do.   Not just the books that I assign them for homeschooling, but also I read the books they select for themselves.

When I was a teen I read a lot of books I had no business reading.  I got immoral ideas from some of them.  I developed an unhealthy fascination with the occult from others.  No matter what I read, I absorbed it and somehow fit it into my life.  My parents did not have a clue what was between those paper back covers.  I think they were just pleased that I was such an avid reader.

E17 is an avid reader, too.  I trust her, (she sticks to Christian authors most of the time), but still I always try to know what she is reading.  And sometimes, I find myself “caught up” in her library selections as much as she is.  That is the case with The Solitary Tales by Travis Thrasher.  We just finished Hurt, the fourth and final book in the series.

solitary talesIf I were having to categorize the Solitary Tales,  I would have to say “Christian/Suspense/Horror/Supernatural Fiction”.  Does that even make any sense?  If not now, it will after you read them.

These stories are about a 16 year old boy , Chris Buckley, who moves with his mom to Solitary, North Carolina.  Solitary, North Carolina is no place to raise a kid.  It’s an evil place, with a heritage of evil, with evil people in charge.  And most of the  characters that are not evil , to say the least,  are quite strange,  like Aunt Alice.   Chris is special, though, maybe even a hero.

Thrasher must be a fan of obscure rock music from the 80’s,  for he includes lyrics and suggested playlists from bands I listened to back then.  I won’t say anything more as I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you.  But, you should know there are awesome Bible themes and Scripture references mixed with the horror throughout the series.  I’m a little sorry that it’s over.

E17 and I have had many long talks about Solitary and Chris.  And having long talks with my daughter is always good.  I wonder what she’s going to bring home from the library next?

betty jo



3 thoughts on “Visiting Solitary

  1. thehomeschoolmomblog

    Yes, I do enjoy reading the books my children read. It helps have open conversations about the books when we have both read them and it helps me keep on top of what’s going into their heads.
    I haven’t heard of this series yet though. Thanks for the plug!


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