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Publisher's Summary

Laura Lippman meets Megan Abbott in this suspenseful literary debut about three generations of neighbors whose lives intersect in the aftermath of a crime.

Bernard White is a curmudgeonly widower who has lived in Seven Springs, Florida for decades and has kept to himself since his wife passed. When his neighbor is murdered, he emerges from his solitude to reconnect with his fellow octogenarians. These connections become a literal lifeline as a second, and then a third, elderly woman is murdered, and "the originals", as they call themselves, realize that they are being targeted.

Amy Unger is an artist and cancer survivor whose emotional recovery has not been as successful as her physical one. After the woman next door is murdered, she begins to paint imagined scenes from the murder in an effort to cope with her own loss. But when her paintings prove to be too realistic, her neighbors grow suspicious, and she soon finds herself in the crosshairs of the police.

And then there's Maddie Lowe, a teenage waitress whose mother recently abandoned the family. As Maddie struggles to keep her family together and maintain the appearance of normal teenage life, she finds herself drawn to the man the police say is the killer.

As they navigate their increasingly dangerous and tumultuous worlds, Bernard, Amy, and Maddie begin to uncover the connections between them, and the past and present, in a novel that ultimately proves the power of tragedy to spark renewal.

©2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The other side of everything

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery of murder in an old neighborhood.Someone is killing older women.One neighbor gets her inspiration back to paint while other neighbors form a bond to keep each other safe.A great story with three great narrators,Lisa Flanagan,Katie Schorr and Jack de Golla.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Klamath Falls, OR, United States
  • 03-31-18

Sometimes Disturbing, Always Compelling

If you could sum up The Other Side of Everything in three words, what would they be?

Disturbing, compelling, characters

What other book might you compare The Other Side of Everything to and why?

I would not compare this any other book because the author's ability to get inside the character's mind of a 15 year old girl, a 36 year old woman and a 80 something old man is like no other.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Each reader became that character even though they were speaking in 3rd person. I really enjoyed each reader's interpretation of their character. I especially loved the character of Bernard and all of the 80 somethings in the neighborhood.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - actually, I had a little trouble getting into the book because the 15 year old's secret was so disturbing to me. I almost stopped listening several times because of it but decided that it was a mindset worth understanding. Unfortunately, I know young people who have the same ritual and my mind has been opened to why they do it.

Any additional comments?

If you love books with fully developed characters that also happen to be a mystery, I highly recommend this book.The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that some of the scenes with the 15 year old were so disturbing to me. That is how well the scenes are written though - they seem all too real.

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Three reader approach!

I’m so used to having just one reader reading with different voices for each character. Here you have three readers for each main character: Bernard, Maddie, and Amy. While this is an excellent murder mystery, it’s uniqueness to me is how this community consisting of different generations deals with it. Get this! You’ll like it!

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Very Good Story

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. This is an excellent and well written story accompanied by very talented narrators.

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Awful ending

I actually said out loud. What that’s it, really?
The main characters were interesting but it really could have had a better end I feel like there should have been 2-3 more chapters

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A very slow starter

This book has many positive reviews, which are a great mystery to me (much more of a mystery than anything in the story itself, although the discription makes it sound like one ). I was close to giving up on it, but I hate to leave a story unfinished ( unless it's truely abysmal or completely boring ). The excellent narrators kept me interested, but I can't say that this is all the compelling. The characters are all a bit ( or a lot ) dysfunctional, and it makes for a depressing listen.

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Narration

Each character has it's own narrator. I wish when the characters overlapped so did the narrator so that the characters had consistent voices. Good storyline. Great homage to South Florida

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