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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.
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By Deedra on 07-16-18
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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By Loves2Read on 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.