The Other Side of Nothing

Fiction - Literary
217 Pages
Reviewed on 05/09/2023
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Author Biography

J.L. Pete lives in Los Angeles with a fantastic cast of funny little characters, also known as her kids. She’s a numbers girl by day, a writer at night, and makes no apologies for the fact that she is a full blown junkie of all things books.

After waking from a dream that stuck with her for days, J.L. Pete picked up a notebook and started writing. School pickups, drop offs and play dates be damned, she published her first novel, Call It Magic in 2016. Her second novel, Death Drives a Minivan, was released in 2018. The next book, The Other Side of Nothing, is now available.

J.L. Pete’s novels follow in the footsteps of romantic comedies with a splash of sci-fi and urban fantasy. You know, like the classics. Conflicted sarcastic characters, with a touch of sass, struggling with love, romance, and the straight up weirdly endearing antics that exist with blossoming relationships.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

The Other Side of Nothing is a literary drama novel by J.L. Pete. Struggling to let go of her traumatic past, Olive Owens has lost her will to live, leading her to seek the services of Russ James Beckett, a hitman who takes up to 30 days to change his clients' minds before he acts upon their wishes. But Russ sees something in Olive and doesn't want her to die. The two bond over their tragedies and develop a burgeoning friendship. Russ takes it upon himself to help Olive see that she has much to live for while Olive learns more about Russ and his mysterious organization. However, it is never easy to avoid the ghost of one's loved ones. Will Olive find closure to her sorrows? What does the future hold for Russ and Olive?

The Other Side of Nothing by J.L. Pete is a moving story that touches upon some heavy topics, such as losing a loved one, depression, suicide, and death. It follows two people who find help and kindred souls in each other under the most unlikely circumstances. The character-driven narrative contains a hint of magical realism and the paranormal, adding a distinct flavor to the story's darker aspects. Olive is a person whose life is turned upside down after a harrowing tragedy. Her relationship with Russ is the anchor around which the plot revolves. Russ is a hitman with a heart of gold. I liked that, despite the subject matter, it ends optimistically. Highly recommended.