Review - The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker

This was the first dystopian book that I have read that has given me nightmares and I mean that in a very complimentary way, there is a scene near the end that scared me and that does not happen easily as I am redhead just like the main character in this story.

Set in Los Angeles, It has been 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 6 days since Sherry had last been outside she lives in a bunker with her parents, brother, sister and grandmother.  They live underground because rabies has ravaged the population above ground and the population where advised to stay underground, but stuck below Sherry and her family are slowly running out of food, slowly running out of time.

They need to get out, to explore and find provisions in order to survive, but the question is will they survive when they escape the bunker?

Sherry and her father leave the relative safety of their bunker to search for food, on arrival outside they discover the neighbourhood is deserted, their neighbours gone and more worryingly dead bodies lying on a lawn, fresh dead bodies.

They quickly leave the house after hearing eerie roars and seeing movement out the corner of their eyes, they drive away but the feeling of being watched haunts Sherry.

They arrive at large supermarket and quickly set to work to find food, however they are attacked by creatures, Weepers - humans who have been infected by the rabies outbreak and turned in to predators, truly the stuff of nightmares.  Sherry's father is captured and Sherry narrowly misses being captured too but is rescued by Joshua who lives with another group of survivors and they take Sherry in.

The rest of the story deals with Sherry's attempt to rescue her father and to find a safe place to live.  

The Weepers are truly frightening, the worst thing about them is the stock piling of their victims, so they have a live supply on hand, it is difficult to picture them as normal human beings before the virus took hold of them.

One particular bit that stood out for me was the aforementioned scene near the end of the book, which involves Sherry lying in bed hearing a tapping at the window and it is not coming from a tree branch, I read this part late one dark night, it really gave me shivers!

Susanne has written an extremely good story, as you know I love a good dystopian novel as I truly believe this is something that could befall us all one day.

So yes my opinion of this book is it is a great read, aimed at the young adult market but as an older reader I really enjoyed it and you should give it a try!

Awarded 5 out of 5

There is another book in this series The Life Beyond which I will review in the coming months.


  1. Definitely going on my reading list. I love a good zombie apocalypse story!


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