Unfortunately, I have to say little about this book, so I don’t spoil anything because many reviews do. I’ve been sitting on this review for a few days and still don’t have the right words.
For the first 50% of the book, I didn’t know what was going on and didn’t care in the slightest, because the writing was so good. Then, when things started unfolding, it was a direction I never could have anticipated, which delighted me to no end.
Man, Hamdy can write. If you love a slow-creeping mystery that will end up tossing the storyline on its head, this book is for you. I can’t recommend it enough, and I apologize for such a vague review, but if you’re interested in this book (and you should be), you’ll thank me for not giving things away. Don’t give up on it if you feel lost, because that’s intentional. The Other Side of Night is smart and so very enjoyable. I’m definitely a fan and will start working my way through his back catalog. Thank you, Atria Books, for sending this along!
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About the Book
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.