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The Other (1971)

av Thomas Tryon

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The twisted story of 12-year-old twins whose devotion to one another is played out in a macabre game of murder.
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I’ve only read one other book by Thomas Tryon, many years ago, loved it, and still own. So I thought it way past the time I read another. I’d heard good things about The Other, and overall this is excellent. The trouble stems perhaps from the dated feeling of both the writing, setting, and how distanced a modern audience often is from subconscious scares. I wouldn’t categorise this as horror, though for those who like evil child stories, this undoubtedly deserves to be a classic. The construction that will meet with dislike from some was ingenious at the time it was written and remains good today. Most profoundly, a subtle unease exists within the pages that creeps into the mind. Unfortunately, the surprises didn’t feel all that big; again, perhaps because a modern audience is harder to shock. ( )
  SharonMariaBidwell | Jan 8, 2021 |
Don't read spoilers for the story.
Boring writing. The author is at times ambiguous and at other times he skips around. The main characters are young. The story is outside my interest and I regret spending money on it.
  Seayla2020 | Dec 20, 2020 |
Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars, but rounded it up to 4 stars on Goodreads.
I wish that I could have gotten into this book more. I think the flow is what messed me up. It wasn't a slow burn of a read. It was a slog til almost the end when things picked up. Also since I figured out the twist in the first few pages, I was pretty impatient for the reader (me) to just be told I was right. I definitely liked "Harvest Home" more than this one. The main reason why I did give this 3.5 stars was the backstory to Holland and Niles Perry family was definitely interesting. And I did like how the book shifted between Niles as a pre-teen and Niles later on somewhere recalling the summer things changed between he and his twin brother Holland.

Niles Perry is the good twin to his brother Holland's bad twin. And Holland isn't just the bad twin. He is the torturer of cats kind of bad twin. Throughout the story though, you have Niles trying and failing to make excuses for how his brother Holland behaves. You find that maybe Holland is still suffering the effects from the twin's father's death a few months before. Or maybe it was when Holland hurt himself after trying to drown the cat (seriously Holland is messed up). Niles is beloved by his family and especially his grandmother Ada. However, after a while you start to see that Holland is seems to be getting worse and worse as more "accidents" seem to start occurring at the family home.

I am not going to get too specific with details in the review in case you haven't read it. But once you start reading about the game that Niles and Holland's grandmother taught them, you can start to see how the book is going to go. I thought Ada was a strong willed woman, but definitely realizes in the end how part of what has befallen the family is her fault for ignoring what was right in front of her face for so long.

You don't really get to spend time with many other characters besides Niles, Holland, and Ada. Everyone else feels like stage dressing to me. Even when you have Niles interacting with his mother who is still recovering from the loss of her husband, she doesn't feel real. Maybe that is because of how Niles describes these people as you read.

The writing at times was gruesome here and there, and I did find myself drifting while reading, which is never a good thing. The flow wasn't great. I think some of the book (Ada's life in Russia) could have been cut out for example. Also, the timeline goes back and forth so much it was hard to keep things straight. You have Niles talking about his dead father, then we go into how beloved his father was and how much his mother loved him. Then you find out he has an older sister, then back to he and Holland, and then oh wait his sister is pregnant with her first child, etc. I just needed everything to progress, and the book felt stalled to me while reading.

The setting of the family home never did sit right to me. It felt like everytime it was described there was another room that was never mentioned. I was trying to place everything, but none of it made sense to me while reading. Probably the best description was for the barn that the twins played in.

The ending actually did make me wonder and think though. I liked the questions it left open for me and that was the main reason why I gave it 3.5 stars since that was a pretty cool ending to have. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
One cheerless summer
where's Lassie when you need her?
go on, ask Holland. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
(This review can also be found on my blog at The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).

When I read the synopsis of this book, I was definitely intrigued. One good twin, one bad twin, yup, definitely sounded interesting. However, it took me a long time to get into this book, but I was definitely rewarded with a twist and a great ending!

Niles and Holland are identical twins. Niles is the good one whilst Holland is the bad one, always up to something really bad. Niles worships Holland and would do anything to get Holland's admiration, including making excuses for Holland whenever Holland does a bad deed. What will it take for Niles to realise that Holland isn't all he seems?

The title of this book comes across as being a book about something sinister. I believe there were plenty of better titles the author could have chose for his book though. Whilst it does suit the story, I feel the author missed a trick with the naming of it.

The cover of The Other very much suits it!! I won't say too much because I don't want to give anything away, but once you read this book from start to finish, you'll realise why it suits the book perfectly.

The world building and setting are fantastic! The book takes place around the mid-1900s. I wasn't alive at the time, but the author did a great job in re-creating that era for me. I could actually feel that I was in that moment in time.

The pacing is what really good me. The first two-thirds of the book is really slow, almost painfully. I was tempted to stop reading it and add it to my did not finish pile, but I really hate leaving books unread, so I read on. However, I'm so glad I didn't give up on this book. The last third of the book is amazing! The author nailed the pacing here. I couldn't put the book down once I got to this bit. I was rewarded for my perseverance with a twist I never saw coming as well as an ending that I didn't see coming either.

The dialogue matches the setting. The characters speak as they would from the mid-1900s. I found the dialogue between the characters to be quite entertaining and sometimes funny.

As for the characters, for a long time, I had a hard time relating to them. It wasn't until I started to really enjoy the book and found out the twist that I started caring about the characters. Niles is always aiming to please, a goody two shoes. Holland doesn't really care what anyone thinks. He's his own person and will do anything to get what he wants. Ada comes across as the voice of reason in the book. I found myself wishing that she was my grandmother. My favourite character was Alexandra, the mother of the twins. Although she wasn't featured much in the book, I still really liked her. I think it's because I found myself relating to her the most.

This book definitely isn't what you think it is. It will leave you gobsmacked once you finish it. I'd recommend this book to anyone aged 15 . ( )
  khal_khaleesi | Nov 16, 2019 |
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Thomas Tryon is one of the best-kept secrets of modern horror fiction, and one of its great losses. (Introduction)
Prior to his successful writing career, Thomas Tryon had a respectable run as an actor in Hollywood, appearing in several horror and science fiction films: I married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) and Moon Pilot (1962) and in westerns: Three Violent People (1956) and Winchester '73 (1962), a film of the World War II generation, credited with saving 20th Century Fox Studios, after the disaster of Cleopatra. (Afterword)
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