REVIEW – THE OTHER SIDE by Kim Holden

SYNOPSIS

Denver, Colorado

1987

 

There are two sides to every story.

The surface reality that’s presented to the world.

And then there’s the other side.

The real one.

The one that matters.

 

Seventeen-year-old, self-proclaimed asshole, Toby Page, is alone.

No friends.

No family.

He trades maintenance work in exchange for room and board.

Every day he fights demons no one else can see.

Every day he wants to give up.

But he can’t.

Not yet.

 

When Alice Eliot moves in downstairs, she offers Toby some light in his dark world.

At a crossroads and barely hanging on, it’s hard to have perspective.

It’s difficult to see your own worth when you’re the villain in your story.

Luckily for Toby, Alice brings things out in him that no one else ever has.

 

As the two sides of Toby’s story are revealed, and the full reality comes into view, truth is gained.

Improbable alliances prove that kindness is fundamentally human.

Unlikely heroes emerge.

 

The question is, Will it all be enough to save him?

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE+++++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Her outstretched arms are an invitation that I gladly walk into. I hug her. The hug lasts minutes. It’s more than an embrace—it’s apologies for the past and promises for the future. It’s solace, and safety, and reassurance, and friendship, and want, and need, and acceptance, and forgiveness. It’s contentment. It’s love.

I’m completely blown away by this incredibly poignant and exquisitely written story. ”THE OTHER SIDE” deals with very heavy subject matter—depression and suicide. At first, I wasn’t sure where Kim Holden was going with the plot. Some things confused me, but all I can say is as the story unfolds EVERYTHING became clear. I was left feeling completely in awe of this author’s gift of storytelling. I’m head over heels in love with this book and it’s definitely one of my top favorites by this author. Toby Page is a character I will keep close to my heart and he’s earned a spot high up on my list of favorite book boyfriends.

Toby is haunted by the loss of a loved one and he carries deep guilt within him over it. He keeps all of his despair inside and avoids engaging in conversations with kids at school and with other tenants in the house he lives in with. He’s got a plan and it doesn’t include making lasting relationships with anyone. He hears the ugliness spoken to him by his mother, on repeat, inside his head. It drives him to his one and only goal, but then a new tenant moves in who makes him dream of possibilities, if only for a brief moment.

There’s so much beauty in this story. I had a hard time not highlighting almost every page! Just when I thought I figured things out, the author goes and throws a curveball, which convinced me that Kim Holden is one truly talented writer.

I’ve left so much of the plot out of my review because you need to go into this one as blind as possible. My hope is that everyone will love this story as much as I do!

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 5++++++
Heroine: 5
Plot: 5+++++
Angst: 5
Steam: 4
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

”THE OTHER SIDE” is currently available!! Be sure to one-click it!!

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2MAkXDg
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2KxtTXt
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2Kxm3gz
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/31fRdyD

 

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