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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  19,304 ratings  ·  651 reviews

Entranced and terrified, the reader of The Other is swept up in the life of a Connecticut country town in the thirties—and in the fearful mysteries that slowly darken and overwhelm it.

Originally published in 1971, The Other is one of the most influential horror novels ever written. Its impeccable recreation of small-town life and its skillful handling of the theme of

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Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 12th 1983 by Fawcett Books (first published 1971)
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Elaine Lamkin The movie is excellent but the book has more plot in it. Thomas Tryon wrote the screenplay for the film so you know it will be good.

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The movie is excellent but the book has more plot in it. Thomas Tryon wrote the screenplay for the film so you know it will be good.

Both the book and film have the same title: The Other.(less)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
”Twins? With different birthdays? How unusual. Indeed for identical twins, very. Oh yes, there were the mixed signs, on the cusp, as one says--they should have been more alike; nevertheless, the difference. Holland a Pisces, fish-slippery, now one thing, now another. Niles an Aries, a ram blithely butting at obstacles. Growing side by side, but somehow not together. Strange. Time and again Holland would retreat, Niles pursue, Holland withdraw again, reticent, taciturn, a snail in its shell.”

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Julie
The Other by Thomas Tryon is a 2012 NYRB Classics publication. (Originally published in 1972)
For several years I’ve added this book to the pile of novels I plan to read for Halloween, but every year it missed the final cut. This year I was determined to read it and boy am I glad did!!

Holland and Niles are twin boys growing up during the thirties. As with most twins, they seem to have a certain telepathy between them. However, they have very different dispositions. Holland is the instigator,
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Bradley
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2017-shelf
I'm very impressed by this classic horror! I know I've been told it is one of those novels that spawned a bunch of lookalikes during the seventies, but rather than being a simple bestseller that everyone and their little fat dog emulated, I personally think that it has a ton of depth and staying power.

I think it's a toss up whether the best feature is the narrator's voice or whether it's in the plot twists. Both are superb and fascinating and lulling and it's extremely easy to fall into the idea
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Ines
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Wow that story!!! I would never have thought to remain glued to the pages in this way, I must say that the plot is very particular...a somewhat cryptic and with a not fluent writing that collides with many inserts of small events and sub-stories...
The Perry family is truly to be kept away, crushed by a series of cursed misfortunes and kind of demonic acts..... but who brings these tragic events into the house? why do they happen?
And here come the Niles/Holland brothers...
and so on until this
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Nick
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you plan on reading this novel prepare to plow through the first 90% without much enthusiasm. But beware, this novel is like a deadly spider that is slowly lowering itself down from the ceiling toward the back of your neck. By the time you notice it, it's too late, and the scariest part, (other than the fact that it's just bitten you), is that it has been hanging there ALL ALONG, and you had no idea.
Jason
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wine-club, reviewed, 2015
A stranger on the Internet instructed me to review this book, so I guess I’ll do as I’m told.

This book is okay. Actually, the second half of this book is great, but still not great enough to resurrect the full work to anywhere beyond its three-star label of mediocrity.

Often with mystery novels there is a slow but steady build of intensity, a momentum that gathers in a such a way that the reader remains riveted to the end. That occurs here, as well, so I don’t ascribe my disappointment with the
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Bren
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of old school horror.
One of the best. And scariest.

I will say..nothing scares like creepy children.

I am amazed sometimes when I bring this book up that so many have never heard of it. A Horror classic! I mean..the movie version scared me so much I could not watch it again for years.

No gore..pure psychological horror.

This book is about two twin boys. Niles and Holland. They are children. It takes place in the country in New England.

If you have not read this and are a horror fan, I'd recommend adding it to your TBR
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Jonathan Janz
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll likely expand this review someday, but for now I'll just say that this is one of those books that truly deserves the status of "horror classic." Tryon's prose has a way of keeping the reader at arm's length. I don't mean that in a bad way at all because Tryon is a fantastic writer. I mean that he keeps us just far enough outside the mysteries of his story for their reveals to be as stunning as any in horror fiction. As far as great twists go, I'd say The Other is one of the twistiest, most ...more
ashley c
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, sfbctbr2017
Deliciously horrifying and thoroughly entertaining short read. Tryon was good at painting scenes with vivid descriptions and setting atmospheres with his words. The story took place in summer at a small town, and I could almost feel the humid, pressing heat, the distant screams of children, the grass tickling my thighs. He has a way of characterising the people in the story too - Niles and Holland, their unwelcome cousin and his family, their mother wilting away in her room in grief, their ...more
Linda
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2017
Oh my, now that was just full of creepy greatness! Although I knew the premise of the book and sensed that something just didn't feel right from the beginning, I did not see the big reveal coming. Of course, I look back now and can see all the clues nicely sprinkled throughout and wonder why I didn't put two-and-two together sooner. And then with ~30% of the book remaining after the big reveal, I wondered at how much was there left to keep me interested in the book. Oh, there was plenty ...more
Kenneth
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first made my acquaintance with THE OTHER 42 years ago, and have just finished my 3rd or 4th re-read. If you're looking for King/Koontz-style horror, you'd best look elsewhere, as THE OTHER harks back instead to Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson and even Henry James. Although there is "horror" here, it is merely one element in an exquisite, evocative tale. To read this book is to be transported to a small Connecticut town in the '30s. You can practically FEEL the thick summer heat, the musty air ...more
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
An incredible psychlogical thriller with brilliant twists and turns. Superb character development, and some scary supernatural qualities make THE OTHER a true classic. Haunting, and highly recommended.
Hannah
Oct 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Considering new shelf name for books like this:
"Migraine-Inducing Literature"

Latasha
3.5

while this one was certainly predictable now a days, I don't think it would've been for the time it was published. I did enjoy the story, the journey and the reveal of who is narrating the story to us and I certainly liked it more then Lady. However, I just don't think Thomas Tryon is right for me.
Rebecca McNutt
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Other was 20th century mass-market horror at its best; it was suspenseful, eerie, disturbing and incredibly well-written.
Subashini
This is a bit of a weird one because I expected to love it when I first started, but I found the writing crowded, or overcooked in parts, with excessive foreshadowing. I'm usually the obtuse one who never gets it, which is why I love mysteries--love to be #detectivesplained--but the first twist I saw coming. Which is fine, but I didn't feel or sense the dread and fear that was associated with the first big reveal. All in all, I found certain narrative strands and the ending quite brilliant, ...more
Zuky the BookBum
I’ve had The Other on my shelves for absolutely ages because it’s got an incredible average rating on Goodreads for a horror. While I did enjoy this one, I didn’t love it like I thought I would.

This is one of those books where I’ve finished it half having enjoyed it and half thinking “what just happened?” Even the afterword couldn’t help me grasp this story. Listen, I’m not saying I didn’t understand the book, I did, I got the main, but there were definitely some underlying messages in there
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Grady Hendrix
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby, Tryon’s book is about an evil child, in this case Holland Perry, a literal evil twin living on a remote farm in the summery New England countryside that is coated in sunlight and honey, a rural paradise right out of Ray Bradbury. His twin, Niles, is the good boy, constantly apologizing for Perry’s pranks that turn darker, and darker, and then become murderous. Page 196 contains the novel’s “you must read this” twist, which has been worn smooth to modern ...more
Mindi
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I just finished this novel, and wow, I'm still trying to process how surprised I am that this gem of a horror story isn't more popular. Published in 1971, it was a huge best seller at the time. In the afterword of the edition I read, Dan Chaon discusses how this book, along with others like Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, were some of the first to start the immense popularity of horror novels in the 1970's. Since I'm such a huge fan of the genre, I'm shocked that I didn't even know it existed ...more
Addy
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Tryon is an author to reckon with! A must read for anyone who loves horror. I Cannot recommend this enough. This story was so finely crafted, it had me questioning every written page. Its a tale of twin boys who hold gruesome secrets and a very loving and likeable aunt who has a secret herself. Its mostly sad, but beautifully written. I love this story and look forward to reading more of his work.
Alex
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Holy Sh*t! I didn't know anything about this book when I picked it up from a secondhand bookstore. This is easily one of the best books I have ever read. It is so shocking and insanely scary. I recommend going into this not know anything about the story and I'm sure it will leave you as shocked as I was. HIGHLY recommended!
William
Personally, I don't get it. This was supposed to be a great book, one of the classics of horror literature. I'll vote it to be one of the boring books of horror literature. I couldn't finish it. I got halfway and had to dump it. Long prose, no atmosphere, little suspense. Read it if you like but I wouldn't recommend it.
Rachel Bea
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(will write up something tmrw)
Katie Long
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to write a review, but unfortunately I am too busy shaking off the heebie jeebies right now
Julie
So I've had to sit on this one awhile before writing a review because I'm just not really sure how to rate THE OTHER. Within this relatively short novel, Tryon presents us with twins Holland and Niles, one being evil and the other being good; of course, this dichotomy is complicated as the story progresses, and there's several instances of truly horrific events that take place (fortunately, for my sake, the majority of it happens off stage). As a good deal of the plot turns on shocking the ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Wow! Fascinating read and oh so scary.

"”Things cannot ever be the same again. Not for any of us. Not any more. We sometimes reach a point in our lives where we can’t ever go back again, we have to go on from there. All that was before is past now. It went too far. Everything has gone too far. It must stop, do you see? Now--it must--stop.
No more game?
No. No more game.”


Yes, the game went way to far, Ada. And you're to blame for all that happened in the small Connecticut town, Pequod Landing,
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Chy
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Saxophones are the devil's instrument."

Hell yeah. I love Ada. In a weird way, I blame Dead Poet's Society (one of my favorite films from way back) for my hate of saxophones, but it's hard to explain and has no place in this review.

Anyway.

I scroll down at all these reviews that are made without spoilers and all I can think is how?

I can say this: The writing is gorgeous and mesmerizing. The characterization, haunting. The twists...well...I read it as a writer without meaning to, because of the
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Andrew Lennon
Jul 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I gave up after four pages. I was confused....
Jeanette
The prose forms and "eyes" are superb- excellent writing skills. The objectives, story line not so much. The character depth in several cases was 4 star, especially Ada.

For some reason, at least after the first half this novel was just off putting to me. Twice in different decades I tried to read it and didn't finish. It was the only thing available to read when I was stranded bookless (nearly an impossible situation) so I finished it on my wi-fi less kindle.

Just not my cup of tea to begin
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