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Reviewed by Keyla Damaer for Readers' Favorite
Newman Riplan is a bohemian British troubleshooter dreaming of a great life while getting wasted in Amsterdam with a couple of friends. The trip to Amsterdam is just a business one and it’s only by chance that he meets his old friends there. After a night of debauchery, his friends put him on a plane, destination unknown. And that’s when the impossible happens, and for some reason, Ripley seems to travel into another dimension where nothing is like it should be. He struggles to return to his own ‘place’. This other place is inhabited by humans, but not all of them are what they seem to be, and from then on the story is a page-turner.
An Other Place by Darren Dash is a surreal story taking place in a world where nothing seems to make sense according to our reality standards, but it makes perfect sense in the other place. Every time Newman asks a question, the answer is not what he would expect. In this place without a name, where there’s no glass, he meets all sorts of weird people, from wild animals to sandmen, lycans, drones, wolfers, and enemaists. Intriguing people with sometimes odd jobs in a world that would either captivate or annoy you because of its strangeness. Until the end, the reader doesn’t know if this other place is just another dimension or something like an afterlife. I did find the main character quite annoying at the beginning of the story. However, once he’s trapped in this other place, struggling to escape what he considers a prison, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. That, however, changed again when Newman shows his real self-centered nature, never considering the consequences of his actions. And they’re mind-blowing.