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The Other | [Thomas Tryon]

The Other

Holland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen-year-old twins. They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other's thoughts, but they couldn't be more different. Holland is bold and mischievous, a bad influence, while Niles is kind and eager to please, the sort of boy who makes parents proud. The Perrys live in the bucolic New England town their family settled centuries ago, and as it happens, the extended clan has gathered at its ancestral farm this summer to mourn the death of the twins' father in a most unfortunate accident.
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Holland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen-year-old twins. They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other's thoughts, but they couldn't be more different. Holland is bold and mischievous, a bad influence, while Niles is kind and eager to please, the sort of boy who makes parents proud. The Perrys live in the bucolic New England town their family settled centuries ago, and as it happens, the extended clan has gathered at its ancestral farm this summer to mourn the death of the twins' father in a most unfortunate accident. Mrs. Perry still hasn't recovered from the shock of her husband's gruesome end and stays sequestered in her room, leaving her sons to roam free. As the summer goes on, though, and Holland's pranks become increasingly sinister, Niles finds he can no longer make excuses for his brother's actions.

Thomas Tryon's best-selling novel about a homegrown monster is an eerie examination of the darkness that dwells within everyone. It is a landmark of psychological horror that is a worthy descendent of the books of James Hogg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Shirley Jackson, and Patricia Highsmith.

©1971 Thomas Tryon (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Tifani Anson, TX, United States 03-15-14
    Tifani Anson, TX, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    I gave this book 5 hours of my life hoping the story would pick up. I am uncertain if it was the narration or the story line, but I could not engage.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Horrocks 01-16-14
    Christine Horrocks 01-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


    What was most disappointing about Thomas Tryon’s story?

    Was looking forward to a great story due to the recommendation of the narrator, but the story line was boring and the ending obvious from the start.


    What three words best describe William Dufris’s performance?

    O.K. story boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stan Banes 05-15-14
    Stan Banes 05-15-14 Member Since 2002

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    What would have made The Other better?

    Not my taste


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    Any additional comments?

    Requires reader to know too many European languages and history to be interesting to this contemperory reader.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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