- GENRE: Thriller
The Other Side of Night begins with a man named David Asha writing about his biggest regret: his sudden separation from his son, Elliot. In his grief, David tells a story.
Next, we step into the life of Harriet Kealty, a police officer trying to clear her name after a lapse of judgment. She discovers a curious inscription in a secondhand book—a plea: Help me, he’s trying to kill me. Who wrote this note? Who is “he”?
This note leads Harri to David Asha, who was last seen stepping off a cliff. Police suspect he couldn’t cope after his wife’s sudden death. Still, why would this man jump and leave behind his young son? Quickly, Harri’s attention zeroes in on a person she knows all too well.
Ben Elmys: once the love of her life. A surrogate father to Elliot Asha and trusted friend to the Ashas.
Ben may also be a murderer.
This book is as mind-bending as it is genre-bending. Normally I like my books to be throughly thrillers, but this utilizes some science fiction in the absolute best way possible.
The plot itself is perfectly paced, and I don’t care who you are, you won’t see the multiple twists coming. Every single plot point is so cleverly constructed, so not like anything else I’ve read that I’m scared to reveal too much.
I also want to take a moment to talk about theme and tone. I expect thrillers to be high-octane, edge of my seat reads, but this novel deals with grief, family, and the time we spend on both. It is a beautiful read. You will probably cry a couple of times, but you won’t lose hope.
Hands-down, this is the most well-written thriller I’ve read this year. If you don’t read it, you’ll be missing out. This book could change the whole genre. If you don’t believe me, I’ll just let the book speak for itself with these awe-inspiring quotes: