Title: The Other Side of Dark
Author: Joan Lowery Nixon
Genre: Young adult mystery
How I got the book: I bought it
Summary (from Goodreads):
Stacy wakes up in a room that’s not hers, in a body she doesn’t recognize, to discover she’s been in a coma for four years. Her mother is dead–murdered–and Stacy, recovering from a gunshot wound, is the only eyewitness to her mother’s murder.She can recall only a shadowy face, so far. But the killer is not about to let her reveal his identity…
I believe this was the first Joan Lowery Nixon book I ever read and instantly fell in love.
Stacy wakes up from a four-year coma and everything is different. She is now 17, not 13, her older sister got married and is now pregnant, her cat is gone, and her mother is passed away.
Stacy and her mother were shot by a man trying to rob their house. Her mother didn’t make it and Stacy is the only witness. However, it happened four years ago and her mind is pretty fuzzy.
The story is short at just under 200 pages, but we follow Stacy as she tries to regain her memory and figure out who killed her mother that dreadful day.
Stacy is a well-written character as her mind is still 13-years-old when she’s actually 17. She’s trying to catch up with the rest of the world as well as figure out what happened to her and her mother.
I loved the support from her sister and father throughout the novel, though I could have done without her friends. They were a bit annoying and seemed to try to get her back to reality way too fast. They cared about her, but they didn’t exactly give her time to wrap her head around things.
The plot was fun to follow as you tried to recount what happened with Stacy. You’re in her mind the whole time and you only know what she remembers, so it’s hard for the reader to figure out the mystery. In a way, that makes it a little more exciting. I read the book in two sittings, it was so good. It would have been one sitting if I didn’t have to go to work.
Overall, the book was quick and suspenseful with great characters.
The Other Side of Dark by Joan Lowery Nixon gets 5 out of 5 stars.
“At some time or another everyone gets hit by problems that seem almost impossible to handle. You can give up without a fight, or you can climb over those problems and move on, because there are lots of good things ahead for you to discover.” –Joan Lowery Nixon, The Other Side of Dark
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