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The Dark on the Other Side

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  691 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Everywhere she turns, Linda Randolph hears voices: from empty dark corners and lonely rooms. But it is the house itself that speaks the loudest, telling Linda to run for her life. Her husband, Gordon, the noted statesman and scholar, suggests she's losing her mind. Linda almost hopes it's true, because the alternate explanation is too terrible to contemplate: that Gordon i ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by HarperTorch (first published 1970)
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Lizzi Crystal
What an excellent book! I don't understand the negative reviews on here; they seem to have read a different book than I did. My attention was caught from the first chapter and I found the story absolutely mesmerizing. This is by far the most interesting, most atmospheric, and the best executed of the Barbara Michaels novels I've read. I'm a gothic romantic snob - most of them are too cliche and the heroines too damsel in distress for me. (And I won't even go into my opinion on the heroes.) But t ...more
C.B. Pratt
This is not your usual Michaels' book and that's a good thing. We don't have the happy heroine slowly drawn into the toils of evil. We start out with a demon-haunted woman and a loving husband who cannot imagine why his beloved wife has so turned against him that she's drinking herself to death *and* occasionally attempting his life.

Slowly the story's suspense builds as we are drawn, page by page, into a web of darkness...

Yes, it's dated, having been written in 1970. Sometimes there are too man
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Jean
Oh my, where to start? This one was very spooky and gave me nightmares. I think it is because the novel is really about trust and misplaced trust. It is about manipulation and emotional abuse. The occult trappings are just a way to explore those themes.

The novel is certainly a product of the times. Originally written in 1970, this book pulls upon the culture of the time. During that time period, more than one author used occult themes. Given the abilities of Barbara Michaels, it isn't surprising
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Laura
I greatly prefer the books that this author writes as Elizabeth Peters, but her Barbara Michaels books are quick and entertaining reads. I enjoyed this book a lot for the first half, but the second half of the book was a bit much. The possibility of the supernatural was a bit dramatic in the context of the rest of the story, but I do understand the purpose of it. My biggest issue was that the relationship between the two main characters developed out of nowhere - all of the sudden they just love ...more
Angela
This, hands down, is perhaps the strangest read of the entire Michaels set for me purely on the grounds that it spends almost more time in the hero's POV than it does in the heroine's. This is unusual for Michaels books--and for the Peters ones as well, with the notable exceptions of the large stretches from Ramses' POV in the Amelia Peabodies. And as of the time this book was written, I'm not entirely convinced that Michaels had the knack of writing from a male POV down. The scenes from Michael ...more
Julie P
Normally I love Barbara Michaels' books, as well as her alter ego, Elizabeth Peters. I have to say, however, that this is not one of her stronger books. Written in 1970, it appears she is capitalizing on a renewed (still present?) interest in witchcraft, popular in American culture at that time, and subsequently has written a book around this phenonmenon. In attempting to build suspense at the beginning, all she does is prolong the story from taking hold. I would think she is trying to keep the ...more
Sistermagpie
One of the things that's always fun about Barbara Michaels books is that dated quality they have--earlier ones especially tend to have some discussion about women wearing slacks, for instance, and this one is no question. A writer interviews the would-be subject of his next biography and becomes enthralled by his very very beautiful but troubled young wife. Is she crazy, or is the husband?

It wasn't scary, but it did have a nicely weird ending that was pretty fun. Is the whole thing psychologica
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SJuhl4
A little slow to grab you, but as with all her books as soon as it does, you can't put it down. I went from being a little bored to totally wrapped up. I am really glad I continued (although I never could give up on a book). The slow start kept it from receiving the 5 stars.
Lisa Greer
This is one that I have to like for the philosophical content alone. :) And the ending line makes the novel as well.

It comes down to this: psychological problems or Satanism-- which is the true issue with the antagonist of the novel? hehehe.
Annie
this just droned on and on and never really got scary. I gave up about 3/4 through it. This is very unusual for me. Usually, if I get through the first 4 chapters, I finish it. But I just could not stay interested in this.
Polly
A scary book. A lot of Barbara Michaels books are rather creepy but not actually scary, but about ten of them are genuninely frightening at some point, and this is one, IMHO, at least.
Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
Definitely not her usual best - story was a bit outlandish and fell slightly flat. Hardly any mystery involved at all. The characters were interesting as always, though.
Tally
I have read all of Barbara Michaels and I've started the reread and this has to be one of the worst. A lot of make believe and witchcraft.
Erica
Another wonderful Gothic tale. Nothing earth-shattering, but it was a fun read.
Kristin
was a good book and ready through it pretty fast.
Linda
Satanism and werewolves.
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Barbara Michaels is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also writes as Elizabeth Peters, as well as under her own name.

She was born in Canton, Illinois and has written over fifty books including some in Egyptology. Dr. Mertz also holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Egyptology.
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