The Other Side (Literary Fiction)

Rated 5.00/5 based on 7 reviews
When 28 year old ex-Christian, Lily Hicks, hears an evangelist preaching on the streets of Los Angeles, she forces herself to readdress the one question that haunts her past after the traumatic loss of a friend: can God truly - and only - be good? More
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About R V Martin

I'm a 35 year old born and raised in beautiful New Zealand. I've lived all over the north island and currently reside in Levin. I'm currently studying as an Adult Literacy tutor trainee at Arohamai Literacy and absolutely feel fulfilled by the work there, teaching reading and writing. Among other things, I love to spend my spare time at pottery club, weaving (Raranga), and singing in folk bands.

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The Other Side (Lit. Fiction)
Ex-Christian Lily Hicks is finally ready to answer the question that has haunted her since the death of her teenaged friend. Can God truly and only be good?


Pamera Cordelia reviewed on Sep. 10, 2016

Great book! I appreciated how it approaches the subject of religion with an open mind and shows many different views on the matter.
I found the characters very unique and realistic.
I'm definitely going to miss reading about them.

Looking forward to reading more from this author!
(review of free book)
HelenMcLeane reviewed on June 23, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Beautifully Introduces the reader to the questioning each character is experiencing. The storyline is engaging and I found my self whisking through each page eager to journey with the characters and discover where the twists and turns of their life would take them. Hard to believe this is the authors first novel. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
(review of free book)
George Benson reviewed on Jan. 21, 2015

It is hard to offer useful comment to this polished piece of writing. It stands out among things I have read recently, which is evidence of work put in. I felt there was no initial hook but interesting story lines soon started appearing - I trust you will follow them up, because a careful reader notices when you do not. Your descriptions are rich and original and you keep them short - maintain this balance, because it makes your prose distinctive. I like the way you study expressions - in ch4 you have Lily and Curtis's smiles "slow-drying in the breeze". Interesting point - sometimes in writing we try to say things and fill spaces with words when in real life nothing would actually happen. Describing inactivity well is a skill I don't really have myself and would like more of. You raise several emotive issues (almost too many) which could become stories in themselves. But you introduce them gently. I hope you weave more tapestries like this in the future!
(review of free book)
Humanoid reviewed on June 18, 2014

(Disclosure: I've read and reviewed The Other Side for a different site also. This is my Smashwords review.)

RV Martin has written from a perspective of love and understanding, for each character that she has created. She does not condone certain actions or behaviors (by no means).
However, you’ll find as you read, that you must choose a side, or at the very least, judge for yourself.

Please keep in mind that I say, judge for yourself; NOT stand in judgment. That distinction is crucial.

The reader may feel more like a witness as Martin writes; she seems to step aside and let you truly see.
I appreciated the fact that each character is in the process of learning, about God, themselves and the people around them. Martin, as I wrote before, did not lead the reader, but presented all of the “facts”. The reader must draw his or her own conclusions.

The Other Side is suspenseful, unexpected and satisfying.

Maybe you will find that you can pick up The Other Side without picking a side – but I feel you’d be the better for it.
(review of free book)
Prof. Pradeep reviewed on Feb. 9, 2014

The Other Side has a well written plot. 28 year old Lily Hicks is the true representative of modern age. Philosophic and religious questions form the nucleus of this work. The characters are lifelike and one can easily relate with them. It appears the action is happening before your eyes. A well constructed beginning, middle and end makes the story special. Language is gripping and engages the reader's interest in the story. All the strings are beautifully placed. I enjoyed this very much and recommend it to all my friends.
(review of free book)
Danielle Martin reviewed on Nov. 10, 2013

Fantastic! Explores some important spiritual and philosophical issues but in a completely relatable and non judgemental way. Definitely recommended.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
Patricia Brunell reviewed on Oct. 29, 2013

This inventive and imaginative novel explores belief from many angles. It's not possible to avoid being drawn into an investment in the character's lives. Somehow the writer, who's very skilled at description and insight, has translated the search of many for meaning, into a story of easy readability and credibility. This is a fine piece of writing and one that will keep the reader " spell bound " till the closing words.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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