On May 6th, our friend Travis Thrasher kicked off a new suspense series with the release of Marvelous: A Novel. Travis is one of the most prolific writes that we know, and it was only last January 2013 that he put a bow on the successful Solitary Tales with the fourth installment, Hurt. Since that time he’s authored and published no less than three additional books. But he’s been extremely excited about Marvelous, so we are, too.
We’re still waiting for our copy to arrive in the mail (apparently, they’re having trouble keeping them in stock). In the meantime, we’ve been surfing the internet in search of reviews. The question is this: can Thrasher be creative and suspenseful while crank out the books at such a ridiculous pace? Read on to find out:
The consensus: From all reports, Marvelous is a well-written and suspenseful entry point for his new YA series. The pages turn effortlessly and the reader is left anxiously awaiting the next novel. Though there are inevitable comparisons to his successful Solitary Tales, Marvelous quickly establishes itself as a distinct work and a worthy addition to your fiction library.
Thrasher’s expertly placed reminders build suspense at a pace that subtly raises the hairs on the back of your neck, in that “someone just walked over your grave” sort of way, without the big gasp that gives it all away. In a word, the craft with which he builds the suspense tension is … masterful.
The Christian Manifesto
The writing is so smooth and natural—it honestly feels like Thrasher put no effort into writing it. This is really an intelligent book, streamlined in its layout, feel and execution.
Life Is Story
Thrasher excels in making you feel what his characters are going though, whether or not you can personally relate. Only the best fiction can do that, and Thrasher does so easily you barely notice until you start feeling along with the character.