I was really excited to start reading The Other People by C.J. Tudor after hearing so many good things about it and it did not disappoint.
She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .
Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window.
She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’
It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy.
He never sees her again.
Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.
Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them.
Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice . . .
C.J. Tudor is back with The Other People, and it is brilliant. Her latest book is tense, exhilarating and extremely fast-paced. I finished this in just under forty-eight hours. I have no doubt that this book will feature in my top ten reads at the end of the year. The story is creepy and intense; when you start reading it, you need to make sure that you have a lot of free time on your hands as this book is very difficult to put down.
When Gabe sees a young girl who looks like his daughter in the back of a car, he thinks it is someone who looks like her. But he has no idea how his life is going to change from that moment. A short while later he receives a call from the police who deliver devastating news. His wife and daughter have been killed. But who was the girl he saw in the back of the car? The police don’t believe he saw anything, and he soon falls under their suspicion. But Gabe is desperate to track down the girl he saw. What is really going on here?
C.J. Tudor has penned a complex plot, and she kept me guessing as I was reading. Gabe’s desperation to find out what had happened to his daughter and wife comes through really strongly in her writing. He is a broken man and the only thing keeping him going is the belief that his daughter is still alive, even though everyone else believes otherwise, including his mother and father-in-law. With every chapter, the tension rose. The plot takes an even darker turn as Gabe gets closer to the truth behind what happened to his wife and daughter.
We also hear from several other characters. The plot flows really well and at no point did I ever feel confused, which can sometimes happen with a novel told from multiple viewpoints. I wondered just how each of the characters was connected. I thought the way C.J. Tudor brought them together was done really well.
There is also a supernatural element to this book which adds to the tense atmosphere. This part of the plot really intrigued me, and I felt that C.J. Tudor explained everything in a satisfying way.
The Other People is chilling, and the pace rocketed along as I waited to find out the real truth. This is C.J. Tudor’s best book to date, and I can’t wait to read what she writes next.
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication date: 23rd January 2020
Print length: 416 pages
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