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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Other Side of Midnight is a paranormal shifter romance novel for young and new adults written by Suzana Thompson. Clarissa Harris was your normal high school senior whose life changed dramatically when she donned a gypsy disguise to tell fortunes at a school carnival. She couldn’t really foresee the future, but she’d do her best as part of the school’s fundraising effort for the PTA. Clarissa felt a momentary awkwardness when the very dishy Damien Stark and his girlfriend, Blair Hadley, entered her tent. She couldn’t help but wonder why Blair dragged him in for fortune-telling. Blair had Damien, popularity, and was pretty hot herself; what more could she want from life? Blair’s big question for the pretend-psychic was whether she would make the cheering squad in college the following year. Clarissa saw death in Blair’s immediate future and begged Damien to get his girlfriend home and keep her safe. but Damien and Blair just laughed at her distress. The experience shook Clarissa, causing her to close up her tent early and go straight home herself. When she woke at noon the following day, her best friend Taylor delivered the stunning news: Blair was murdered the night before. Damien was sure it was a wolf though most were saying it must have been a large dog. But how did Clarissa know this would happen -- and what did this mean for her?
I often thought of writing a werewolf story and imagine it would be quite a lot like Suzana Thompson’s shifter romance/coming of age novel. Thompson gets the wild magic of the outdoors and the siren call of freedom I consider an integral part of the werewolf shifter genre. Her werewolves, aside from the murderous one whose act opens the story, are marvelous creations, their lifestyle infinitely appealing to those who live active lives and love the outdoors. Thompson’s plot is a solid one with enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and involved, and her characters are multifaceted and believable. I especially enjoyed those parts of the story that were set in Alaska. The Other Side of Midnight is a grand shifter romance for young and new adults: it’s most highly recommended.