Book Review #60: Noises from the Other Side by Tabatha Shipley

Annie’s life has been turned upside down.

Her parents have suddenly divorced, she had to switch schools, and her mom moved her into a new house in a new neighborhood.

The new house shouldn’t be a problem, but… it’s a duplex. And there are strange noises coming from the dividing wall. Investigating the source could lead to Annie’s life changing—forever.

There were so many things to love about this novel! I’ll try to be brief so that I don’t spoil anything.

First, readability and style! As a YA novel, this reads so smoothly! I picked it up one morning and finished it within a day or two. The pace was splendidly done. It kept me coming back for more, waiting to see what was going to happen. The “spook” aspect of it blew my mind, and I am upset that I can’t talk about it. Either way, the succinct and well-written style was perfect for me.

As far as characters go, I have no complaints! Annie and her mother were amazingly written, with their own quirks and flaws that make them realistic. Annie wasn’t flat by any means. I found her love of books endearing! I also love how her mother took care of her, even if she did get a bit tired of her antics. What kind of mother wouldn’t?

But where this book shines is the plot. I can’t say too much, but I was constantly blown away reading how the pieces fell into place. Events that didn’t make sense in the beginning of the novel came together in the second half. Bits and pieces were revealed in tidbits, in a way that blew my mind. As an author, I can appreciate the talent that it took to craft such a solid plot.

And that ending?! chef’s kiss

Final Ratings
Overall Rating: 5 / 5
Pacing: A rather quick read for me.
Intended Audience: YA paranormal fans (and above!)
Content Warnings: Nothing that I believe warrants the twist being spoiled.
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