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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
The Other, by R Lawson Gamble, transported me to Elk Wells, Arizona, a tiny town on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Many in the town had long thought that John Roundtree had been dabbling in things of a dark supernatural nature, so when a little white girl is found dead on reservation land he becomes the prime suspect. FBI Agent Zack Tolliver is called in to investigate, and he enlists the help of Eagle Feather, an expert tracker, and Libby Whitestone and her bloodhound Blue. The tracks they find are far from ordinary because it seems as if a human turns into an animal, becoming a creature the Navajo call a Skinwalker. The tracks lead them to John Roundtree, and what they find at his residence seems to indicate that he is the perpetrator, so the case is closed. Zack is haunted by the fact that there were unanswered questions though, and when another dead girl is found in Palm Springs, CA, a few months later, Zack knows the killer is still on the loose and seems to be playing games with him. Can Zack figure out who or what is behind the killings, without losing his life in the process?
The Other takes its readers on a suspense-filled mystery that really had me torn between the idea that the killer might be human or supernatural. The plot pulled me in and kept me riveted as each twist made me feel like I knew what would transpire next, only to be led in a different direction. Descriptive writing sets the scene, providing a visually stimulating picture of the setting, while also creating interesting, realistic characters. I enjoyed the relationship that developed between Zack and Libby, and Blue the bloodhound provided a few laughs! Mr. Gamble has the ability express emotion with his choice of words, providing a real glimpse of the friendship between Zack and Eagle Feather! I loved the paranormal aspects and it was obvious that Mr. Gamble did his research where Navajo legends and lore are concerned. I found myself fascinated by the idea of the mythological creature the Navajo call the Skinwalker. A fast-paced, suspense-filled mystery, with a blending of Native American lore, made this a fascinating read that kept its momentum until the shocking end!