Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Other by Thomas Tryon

First sentence:

"How old do you think Miss DeGroot really is?"


"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." -- from the publisher

My thoughts:

I've seen reviews that describe this book as a quiet horror and they were right. Throughout I had a sense that something was not quite right, but didn't know what it was. Tryon's description of the area and the characters brings the reader into a very insular world where not everything is as it seems.

Date read: 1/23/2010
Book #: 5
Challenges: TBR Challenge 2010, Celebrate the Author Challenge 2010
Rating: 4*/5 = great
Genre: Horror

Publisher: Fawcett
Year: 1971
# of pages: 288
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
LibraryThing page


Laura said...

What a blast from the past! I read The Other in the early '70's (also Harvest Home by Tryon) and thought when I read The Thirteenth Tale that there were some similarities between those two books.

krin said...

Thanks for the comment. Did you like Harvest Home? How was The Thirteenth Tale?

Anonymous said...

just read the book. would love to discuss the ending...I have suspicions but the way it was craftily worded makes it so unsure. Who really is the narrator at the end? Do we really know for sure???


krin said...

Thanks for your comment. I too have some ideas regarding the narrator, but it's hard to be sure.

Anonymous said...

Do you think its Holland who has been pretending to be Niles? Ghost of Holland? Niles who now thinks he's Holland? All of the above?

Anonymous said...

I'm about to start Harvest Home and will let you know what I think...

krin said...

Ending narrator - I think it's Niles who thinks he's Holland.