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The Other
The Other
Author: Thomas Tryon
ISBN: 244994
Pages: 288
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Publisher: Fawcett Publications
Book Type: Paperback
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This is one of my all-time favorite creepy-crawly reading experiences. Seldom does an author catch me up so completely in the story as Tryon did with this one. I remember reading it alone when my husband was working at night, and finding it necessary to turn on lights in every room. Over and over I would come to a realization of what was really going on just a paragraph or two before the author made it really obvious---I must have said "Oh, my God" a half dozen times, and I couldn't wait for my husband to read it so I could watch his reactions and see whether he figured things out in all the same places. If you've missed this, you have a treat in store. Stephen King has nothing on Tryon at his best.
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What a classically creepy book! Reminiscent of the film, _The Bad Seed_, this story of twins, Niles and Holland, absolutely enraptured me. Despite being written in 1971, it felt modern and had such an ominous atmosphere! It wasn't terribly unpredictable, but more in the way that foreshadowing hints at events than the plot being worn or tired. And, obviously, the twins aspect was a nice twist on the "Bad Seed"-esque plot. My only real complaint came from the edition that I read - it was a first edition that had not been well cared for - it was very musty and just smelled terrible! Though I suppose that the olfactory horror rather added to the horror found within the pages themselves. I am very curious to see the film version. Honestly, I am surprised that this book isn't better known - the atmosphere, plot and characters all stand out so much from the modern psychological thrillers.