That [twins] Niles and Holland might also be the perfect metaphor for Hegel’s Master-Slave dialectic should not put off the casual reader. Make no mistake: This is a horror novel in a literary darling’s dress. Readers seeking a nail-biting, page-turning plot complete with gore and mayhem will not be disappointed. But while the scene of an impaled boy will haunt long after the page has passed, it is the underlying themes illuminated in each chilling interaction between twin and twin that will ultimately disturb.
—The Other won’t help anyone find the prefect costume this year—unless you’re a thirteen-year-old male twin—but it will make you think twice about staying at that Connecticut farm house you’ve had your eye on. It will also makes you doubt the benefits of a strong imagination.