The Other Side of Elsewhere

The Other Side of Elsewhere

by Brett McKay


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Ret McCoy was always the new kid, but after three years in the small town of Riverton, he thinks his family may have finally settled. He and his friends have the perfect summer planned before they start seventh grade, and his new job at the local mortuary promises enough pocket money for all the sodas they can drink.

A dare from an older boy quickly ruins their plans. Everyone knows to stay away from the Crooked House, but after Ret and his friends take on the dare to spend the night in the abandoned house, they become caught up in the house’s dark history.

Later, an outsider buys the house. When people start to disappear, Ret is determined to solve the mystery before it swallows the entire town. His obsession with the Crooked House and its strange new owner threatens to put him and his friends in danger more terrifying than anything they could have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948051194
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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The Other Side of Elsewhere 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest. It’s the summer of 1982 and 12-yr-old Ret McCoy is happy. After moving around a lot his family has been in Riverton, Utah for three years. He and his friends, Gary and Jax, are nearly inseparable. They were spending their summer vacation riding bikes and just hanging out when they accept a dare by an older kid to spend the night in the Crooked House, a long abandoned house that everyone believed was haunted. Everything changed after that night. When people start disappearing, Ret seems to be the only one seeing the extreme weirdness going on, but he can’t make the adults believe him. That’s when he takes matters into his own hands. In the words of the Lost in Space robot: Danger, Will Robinson, danger! Ret is 12 so this is kinda on the cusp of Middle Grade and Young Adult. It’s a little hard to believe that the adults can’t see what’s going on, because really, it’s very weird, but it’s always easier to consider any type of explanation over a supernatural one. The adults do a lot of rationalizing, but that’s expected. The kids do a lot of sneaky things that give me nightmares. LOL The supernatural part is pretty cool though for some reason it just doesn’t gel perfectly for me. I guess because there’s no real explanation about how it all gets started and the reason why. Okay, so there is mention of a Big Bad, but I have no idea how it all fits in. The supernatural stuff mostly starts off page and we’re dropped into it, so I guess I just want to know exactly how the new owner of the Crooked House fits into it all. All-in-all though this is a great spooky, and at times kinda scary, paranormal YA mystery.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Ret McCoy is twelve years old and happy that his family has stayed in the same town for three years especially since his parents have barely stayed in one place for more than one year for the last several years. He has a bunch of friends that he hangs out with and has adventures and has three brothers that are annoying but are his family. Then he is dared to spend the night in the Crooked House. Things don’t go as planned and Ret starts to believe the stories about the house being haunted. Then someone buys the house and people start disappearing. Ret decides to take a good look into the Crooked House to find out what is really happening. This is a great mystery geared toward tweens. You have a ghost, people disappearing, and a home life that is strained. I really liked Ret, he is a good kid and I was glad that he was determined to solve the mystery. This is a great, descriptive book that had me hooked from page one and didn’t let me go until the end. This is the first book I have read from Brett McKay but it won’t be my last. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
M-n-Mlove More than 1 year ago
This would be a great movie! A story of friendship, coming of age with action and things that go bump in the night. I will watch for other stories by Brett McKay.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Other Side of Elsewhere is a paranormal coming of age thriller written by Brett McKay. Riverton had come to feel like home to Ret, an unfamiliar feeling for the twelve-year-old whose family had moved frequently while he was growing up before settling in here three years ago. He had two best friends, Gary and Jax, and the three of them were reveling in the prospect of their summer just beginning, spread wide and wonderful in front of them, endless summer. Dead Man’s Hill was a favorite place for them to hone their daredevil skills with their BMX bikes. The Moguls, dirt hillocks left by developers, were the perfect launchpads for increasingly daring flights. As darkness gathered, they began their trek home, past Farmer Joe’s place, who was reputed to shoot at kids with his rock-salt loaded shotgun, and then the Crooked House. Lots of rumors had grown over the years about this dilapidated old house that was half sunken into the ground. Some said it was haunted; others whispered about old murders and devils living inside. Ret only knew that simply looking at it made his blood run cold; there was something so wrong with that house. Brett McKay’s paranormal coming-of-age thriller, The Other Side of Elsewhere, is a grand fright-fest of a novel filled with ghosts, a mortuary, undead beings and a dark and strange parallel world that tips the small and otherwise quite normal town of Riverton into something scary and dreadfully awry. I love coming of age stories, especially ones set just as summer begins, and felt instantly at home with Ret, Gary and Jax as they plan their adventures and even face a dare that is quite literally terrifying. McKay’s plot is brilliant, and his characters are authentic; some are even quite horrifying. McKay has found the perfect balance of action, adventure and horror in this book and it’s just about impossible to put down. The Other Side of Elsewhere is most highly recommended.