The Other Side

The Other Side anthology is made up of five great stories that deal with the paranormal. In Possession in Death, Eve Dallas has always been a voice for the dead, but in this installment, she can actually speak to the dead and find justice for them. After closing a trying case, Eve finds a dying elderly woman in the streets on her way home. The woman has been attacked by an assailant with a knife and makes Eve promise to find her granddaughter “Beata” who is trapped behind the red door. Eve agrees to find her granddaughter and the woman dies in Eve’s arms. From that point on things began to get strange for Eve, she starts to speak in Russian and is able to repeat the recipe for Hungarian goulash, which is something that Eve couldn’t have done before. Eve knows that the elderly woman is still with her and she won’t be able to be free of this spirit until she solves the case of what happened to Beata. Great story and it was nice to get an update on all the characters from the “In Death” series.

In The Other Side of the Coin, husband and wife are able to switch places for a few days after making a wish on a magical gold coin. I had a difficult time getting involved with the characters of this tale. I liked the idea of switching bodies between husband and wife and I would definitely take advantage of that so my husband would know what it feels like to be in my shoes.

The Dancing Ghost tells the story of Angiolina Darlington, who is desperately trying to save her grandparent’s home from being foreclosed on. She decides to hire a spiritual investigator, Henry Cleland, to come out and investigate the house to prove that it is positively haunted and gather evidence to deter any potential buyers. This was a sweet love story.

In Almost Heaven, Ted and Vanessa Crenshaw die mysteriously in a car crash on the night where they toasted the announcement of their daughter, Christina’s, engagement to the dashing Mark Deering. Troubled to find that they have died so suddenly, they ask the powers above to stay a little while longer on earth, to help their family adjust to their passing. While remaining on earth, they learn that Christina’s fiancé isn’t what he appears to be and her life may be in danger as well. Their only hope is to find someone more suitable for Christina before their time runs out. Great story with the right amount of romance and mystery.

The last story in this anthology was Never Too Late to Love. M.J. Biderman has been called home to oversee the demolition of her family home, which has been giving the contractors a bit of trouble. M.J. is shocked to find that the reason her family home is still standing is because the ghosts of her mother and sisters don’t want to leave. They are unable to leave the home because they have to find what they have lost before they can pass to the other side. This sentimental story was about love and forgiveness and always reaching for your dreams even though life may have its ups and downs. Very touching.

Book Blurb for The Other Side

Five New York Times bestselling authors cross over to a realm where suspense, desire, and love have no bounds.

J.D. Robb: Lieutenant Eve Dallas has always sought justice for the dead, but now, a victim will seek her own vengeance-through Eve.

Mary Blayney: An earl and his countess struggle to understand one another, until they spend a day in each other's shoes-and bodies.

Patricia Gaffney: To prove her ancestral home is haunted, a woman hires a spirit investigator, but they end up debunking the mystery of love.

Ruth Ryan Langan: A couple who dies in a car accident struggler to stay in their daughter's life to save her from the wrong man.

Mary Kay McComas: A practical woman is faced with the most impractical ghosts, who can't rest in peace until they find what they have lost.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2010 5.00