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The Other Side of Night

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About The Book

“I couldn’t stop thinking about the story’s incredible twist…like no crime novel I’ve ever read.” —James Patterson

For fans of Matt Haig and Anthony Horowitz, an “intriguing and thought-provoking” (Liv Constantine, author of The Last Mrs. Parrish) novel in which the lives of a disgraced police officer, a prolific author, and an upstanding citizen are inextricably bound together by a series of mysterious deaths.

The Other Side of Night begins with a man named David Asha writing about his biggest regret: his sudden separation from his son, Elliot. In his grief, David tells a story.

Next, we step into the life of Harriet Kealty, a police officer trying to clear her name after a lapse of judgment. She discovers a curious inscription in a secondhand book—a plea: Help me, he’s trying to kill me. Who wrote this note? Who is “he”?

This note leads Harri to David Asha, who was last seen stepping off a cliff. Police suspect he couldn’t cope after his wife’s sudden death. Still, why would this man jump and leave behind his young son? Quickly, Harri’s attention zeroes in on a person she knows all too well.

Ben Elmys: once the love of her life. A surrogate father to Elliot Asha and trusted friend to the Ashas.

Ben may also be a murderer.​

The Other Side of Night is a thought-provoking, moving “head-spinner of a novel” (John Connolly) with intriguing narratives and plot swerves that will leave you reeling. By the end, you’ll be shaken as each piece slots satisfyingly into place.

About The Author

Courtesy of Sunday Times and Internationally Bestselling Author Adam Hamdy

Adam Hamdy is a bestselling British author and screenwriter who works with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Together with David Headley, Adam founded Capital Crime, one of the UK’s largest literary festivals. He teaches creative writing in the UK and US and is on the board of the International Thriller Writers Organization.

Why We Love It

“An imaginative, genre-bending novel about love, sacrifice, and interwoven lives that’s sure to entice readers of Matthew Sullivan’s Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore and Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders. A prolific author named David Asha weaves together three stories: his own, in which he writes to his son whom he’d abandoned; a disgraced officer whose discovery of a woman’s distressed note catapults her into the lives of David and company; and a brilliant man with a peculiar goal. When readers reach the end, they’ll be shaken as each puzzle piece slots satisfyingly and mind-bendingly into place.”

—Loan L., Editor, on The Other Side of Night

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (September 27, 2022)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982196189

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Raves and Reviews

The Other Side of Night is like no crime novel I’ve ever read. The pages almost turn themselves and when I was finished I couldn’t stop thinking about the story’s incredible twists, turns, and surprises.” 

– James Patterson

“Mind-bending! This intriguing and thought-provoking thriller is a profound exploration of how far some are willing to go in the name of love. A fantastic twist you’ll never see coming.”

– Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author

"‘Emotional, heart-warming and thought provoking, The Other Side of Night is one of those rare books that you’ll still be thinking about long after the last page."

– Jenny Blackhurst, the internationally bestselling author of How I Lost You

“A strange, compelling, and ultimately moving head-spinner of a novel.”

– John Connolly

"Hold onto your sanity. This psychological thriller will keep you wondering which strange details are real and which emerge from the minds of the characters. The lonely boy, the disgraced police officer, the bizarre scientist—each has a dark secret, and a dark problem to solve. The Other Side of Night is imaginative and thought-provoking, fiction at its best." 

– W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear, New York Times bestselling authors of Dissolution and Fourth Quadrant

"A genre-bending page-turner—existential, emotional, and packing a twisty, gut-punch of an ending."

– Matthew Sullivan, acclaimed author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

“In this inventive and intriguing novel, Hamdy mixes in just the right amount of mystery, uncertainty and relational tension and brings them all simmering to delicious effect. Stunningly good writing. Don’t let this one slip you by.”

– Steven James, bestselling author of Every Wicked Man

"The Other Side of Night is gut-wrenching, explosive, and absolutely original, with a twist that made me gasp. A masterclass in crime fiction."

– T.A. Willberg, author of Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder

“A surprising and cleverly constructed rollercoaster read.”

– Karin Slaughter, New York Times and Internationally Bestselling Author

"A big-hearted, big-brain novel that you'll finish in three days and think about for the rest of the year. Wonderful."

– Stuart Turton, bestselling author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Devil and the Dark Water

“What can I say about The Other Side of Night that won't be a spoiler? Ingenious, constantly surprising, and deeply moving. Put yourself in the hands of a master storyteller, and strap in for a mind-bending ride.”

– Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of House on Fire

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