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The Other Side

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A gripping read!  When a seventeen-year-old girl abruptly disappears, the ensuing investigation probes dead-ends seemingly as deep as Montana’s Flathead Lake—the geographic and investigative center of The Other Side. The search to find her unearths crimes, but none that can explain her disappearance. When Detectives Steven Wendell and Stacey Knudson grow suspicious that Britany Rodgers has been murdered, they have scant evidence and no body. Their investigation takes them into starkly contrasting environments, from spectacular lakefront mansions to gritty trailer parks, and into the lives of those who exhibit motivations as murky as the fog-choked Montana woods and mist-shrouded Flathead Lake bays.
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I'm not generally drawn to police procedurals, but I liked this one for the plot and the writing style. The MC is interesting and the story kept me engaged. Recommended to crime story fans of all kinds.

I really appreciate the free review copy!!
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The Other Side is a police procedural story set in Montana centered around Detective Steve Wendell's quest to determine what happened to a missing seventeen-year-old girl, Britany Rodgers.  When Britany doesn't come home one night, the search for her leads Wendell down multiple paths that all eventually turn up nothing.  After a lead takes them to a mansion on a lake and the appearance of a definite crime, Wendell is sure Britany has been murdered. However, there is no body and no clues as to why she would have been at this mansion. Wendell will not stop digging until he knows the truth.  

The author does a good job setting the tone and pace for this mystery from the very beginning.  I wanted to keep reading to find out what ultimately happened to Britany. The story begins heavy with dialogue. There was very little character development in the beginning.  We learn more about Wendell's history later in the story.  I would have loved to know his backstory earlier in the novel. 

I did enjoy this mystery.  It was well done and kept me turning the pages. I read this in a few sittings.  I would love to read more mysteries featuring Detective Steve Wendell as the main character.
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Well developed characters and great descriptions of locale.  Felt like I was actually there.  Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book
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This is a thrilling police procedural about the hunt for a young woman who disappears without a trace in the Flathead Lake area of western Montana. 

Steve Wendell, the detective on the case, sorts through masses of evidence, mostly circumstantial, until he pieces together what seems to be a jigsaw puzzle with infinite pieces. Despite many blind alleys and often useless information, he persists for about nine months, ironically the time it takes to gestate a human baby, until he has solved the mystery and gotten a confession from the killer. Even then, however, there is an unsolved mystery: is the killer charged and then what happens?

I had a hard time putting this book down. The character development is outstanding, as is the description of this part of Montana, about which I already knew a little. I have recommended this book to my friends.  It’s a great read.

I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher.
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i liked this book a fair amount, the style was at time very descriptive, moving and at other times more direct and at other times more flat, as I imagine the painstaking police work involved.  A small clue midway through stuck with me and it did in fact become pivotal as the book went on.  I liked the main character and his partner and would read more of these books if they became a series
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I enjoyed reading descriptions of Montana in "The Other Side". The author writes very well so the entire time as I was reading I could picture the sequence of events taking place. His writing is evocative and highly descriptive which made it easier for me to engage with it. 

The mystery was quite intriguing and I liked that there weren't multiple twists all the time. The frustration of the detective on the case was palpable and realistic. The only place where it lost me was the motive - I just didn't think that the motive was good enough for what occurred. It didn't feel as compelling. Having sad that I did not see that coming either, so the book definitely gripped and kept me engaged.

I am looking forward to reading more from the author.
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357 pages

5 stars

This is a wonderful, thoughtful book. 

Seventeen-year old Brittany Rodgers has disappeared. Her mother Sheila is beside herself, but the rest of the family think that she is overreacting. Brittany was a dreamer and a bit of a moocher. 

Enter Detective Steven “Steve” Wendell. He has had many jobs in the past, one a parole officer. He got tired of dealing with parolees who often went back to crime. He was the oldest person in his police instruction class, but he didn’t let that bother him. He is a calm man, a thinker who has studied psychology. 

The parents of Brittany are visibly upset. The mother sheds tears, while the father is an angry man who resents what he sees as Wendell’s intrusion into their privacy. 

Wendell and his partner Stacey interview many, many people. Brittany’s friends, co-workers, family friends are all spoken to, but they have few leads. Wendell and Stacey are floundering. Then they get a good lead from the young man who finally states that he was with Brittany on the night she died. This leads to a horrifying discovery about the caretaker of the home on whose property Brittany was last seen. Wendell is certain the man is also responsible for Brittany’s death. But the man consistently denies it. 

Months have passed. And nothing new has happened on the case. When Wendell meets and talks with an attractive anthropologist, he begins to see things a little differently. Could he have it wrong? 

This is a remarkably well written and plotted story. It is interesting to watch Wendell go through his thought process and feelings about Brittany’s case. Sufficient information is given about the protagonist to flesh him out nicely, but not so much that it intrudes on the story. The reader has a very good understanding of who Wendell is and what makes him the person he is. I truly enjoyed this book and will look out for more from Mr. Leichliter. 

I want to thank NetGalley and Level Best Books/IBPA for forwarding to me a copy of this absolutely great book for me to read, enjoy and review. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.
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Really enjoyed the authors writing style. Pacy, and easy to race through. Felt totally gripped from the off, too. I felt the ending  wasn’t quite in keeping with the tone and the genre of the rest of the novel. Not to say it wasn’t satisfying in its own way, but it felt something of a stylistic departure. A compelling central character, and a sense of confidence and clarity of storytelling too. Would recommend!
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Good book! this book had suspense, action, intrigue and a good who done it! It was a good crime ,cop novel! Its definitely worth reading and I would recommend it but its not one of my all time favorites. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!
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Thank you Level Best Books and NetGalley for this advanced ebook copy.

The Other Side is a great quick mystery book. I simply read this in one sitting. 
It was honestly a quick read for me. 
The writing was very well done with the characters being well developed. 
The story itself was great. I enjoy a good small town mystery and this book delivered. 

Thank you for the opportunity to read this novel. It was very enjoyable!
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