The Other

Holland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen year old twins They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other s thoughts, but they couldn t be different Holland is bold and mischievous, a bad influence, while Niles is kind and eager to please, the sort of boy who makes parents proud The Perrys live in the bucolic New England town their family settled centuHolland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen year old twins They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other s thoughts, but they couldn t be different Holland is bold and mischievous, a bad influence, while Niles is kind and eager to please, the sort of boy who makes parents proud The Perrys live in the bucolic New England town their family settled centuries ago, and as it happens, the extended clan has gathered at its ancestral farm this summer to mourn the death of the twins father in a most unfortunate accident Mrs Perry still hasn t recovered from the shock of her husband s gruesome end and stays sequestered in her room, leaving her sons to roam free As the summer goes on, though, and Holland s pranks become increasingly sinister, Niles finds he can no longer make excuses for his brother s actions Thomas Tryon s best selling novel about a homegrown monster is an eerie examination of the darkness that dwells within everyone It is a landmark of psychological horror that is a worthy descendent of the books of James Hogg, Robert Louis Stevenson, Shirley Jackson, and Patricia Highsmith.
The Other Holland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen year old twins They are close close enough almost to read each other s thoughts but they couldn t be different Holland is bold and mischievous a bad

  • Title: The Other
  • Author: Thomas Tryon
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “The Other”

    1. ”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.” [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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.

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 feist [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 remainin [...]

    8. It's hard to believe that this is Thomas Tryon's first novel, The Other is fully formed and sophisticated in its characterization of a small town, Pequot's Landing, in Connecticut in the 1930s and the central family as well. Many of the characters are surely drawn from life and Tryon gets all of the details right in a fashion that likely still makes Stephen King envious. King definitely was influenced by this book--maybe he should reread Tryon and get back on track. The Dome missed huge opportun [...]

    9. 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 o [...]

    10. 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.

    11. 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!

    12. 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.

    13. 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 Landin [...]

    14. "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 twistswellI read it as a writer without meaning to, because of the gorgeous [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. What can I say that others haven't already? What a good book.I read it in one sitting and I think that that is the way to read it. I was genuinely surprised by the plot twists 3/4 of the way through and I have read A LOT of horror so that says something right there.Excellent prose which slowly build a sense of unease throughout the book.You know from the beginning that something is wrong but just can't put your finger on it until the revelation.I did not find the writing dated at all.It seems th [...]

    17. This took me far too long to get through, I swear I'm a much faster reader than this Even though the "secret" is fairly easy to figure out, I found that once the true identity of 'the Other' is confirmed for the reader is when the story actually picks up and becomes more intense. That's how it played out for me, at least. On a side note, this is the second book written by an actor that I've read recently praise for people being multifaceted or overzealous about their many talents

    18. The Other was 20th century mass-market horror at its best; it was suspenseful, eerie, disturbing and incredibly well-written.

    19. 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 t [...]

    20. I loved the book! This is an amazingly sick book! At the beginning, it seems nothing is happening but you have to read carefully because there are clues from the very first page. I saw the 1972 movie first and knew the "twist" / secret all along. By mid of the book, I had already discovered all the "clues", so if you pay attention, it is somehow clear what was going on.In any case, I doubt that anybody can see ALL the little details. Even though I saw the movie, I was surprised by the ending of [...]

    21. 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.

    22. 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.

    23. I have tried to finish "The Other" by Thomas Tryon on two separate occasions. The first was in December of 2011, when I thought I just wasn't in the frame of mind to focus on it, and the next was just now. This will be my last attempt, as I'm fully convinced the book just isn't for me.I had been looking for this book for a long time after finding it on many "Best of Modern Horror" lists and was fortunate enough to find an old paperback copy in a used bookstore. Had I known then what I know now, [...]

    24. Honest ta Pete, this one's dark! Much better than I expected. You sort of know going in what the set up will be. Twins, one good, one evil, one warm and friendly, the other dark and brooding. Both sharing in The Game and swearing each other to secrets. The strength here is that Tryon knows the reader's expectations, and turns on them by revealing it fairly early on, and letting the foreshadowing build to more darker and more horrible repercussions. Lot's of detail of the 1930's from life on the [...]

    25. I’d never heard of Thomas Tryon’s 1971 novel “The Other” until I saw an ad for a reissue by the New York Review of Books Press. NYRB reliably performs the same service to literary classics that the Criterion Collection offers to cinema on DVD, curating a long list of deserving titles; my trust in this impressive work of high-literary psychological horror was implicit, and it was well rewarded.“The Other” was, remarkably, a best-seller followed by a film version with a screenplay by T [...]

    26. The Other is a classic horror novel, which came out around the same time as Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist. It's now being brought back in print.Niles and Holland are twins. You know that old cliche about the evil twin? That's Holland. Niles is the good one and Hollandwell, when Holland's around, accidents happen. They're young boys and that's what makes this even creepier. (It's actually like that cheesy movie The Good Son, only it's really, REALLY creepy. So I guess really, it's more like Th [...]

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