The Other People

The Other People

by C. J. Tudor

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Overview

A gripping thriller about a man’s quest for the daughter no one else believes is still alive, from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man and The Hiding Place.

“C. J. Tudor is terrific. I can’t wait to see what she does next.” —Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Q: Why are you called the Other People?
A: We are people just like you. People to whom terrible things have happened. We’ve found solace not in forgiveness or forgetting. But in helping each other find justice.
 
Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in its 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 traveling up and down the highway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe she’s dead. 
 
When the car that he saw escape with his little girl is found abandoned with a body inside, Gabe must confront not just the day Izzy disappeared but the painful events from his past now dredged to the surface. 
 
Q: What sort of justice?
A: That depends on the individual. But our ethos is a punishment that fits the crime.
 
Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the road. Not searching. Running. Because Fran 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 to her and Alice.
 
Q: Can I request to have someone killed?
A: If your Request is acceptable, and unless there are exceptional circumstances, we fulfill all Requests.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781984825001
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 12,239
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

C. J. Tudor is the author of The Chalk Man and The Hiding Place, and lives in England with her partner and daughter. Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voice-over artist and dog walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn’t miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much.

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Monday, April 11, 2016, M1 North

He noticed the stickers first, surrounding the car’s rear window and lining the bumper:

Honk if you’re horny.

Don’t follow me, I’m lost.

When you drive like I do, you’d better believe in God.

Horn broken—watch for finger.

Real men love Jesus.

Talk about mixed messages. Although one thing did come through loud and clear: the driver was a dick. Gabe was willing to bet he wore slogan T-shirts and had a picture at work of a monkey with its hands over its head and the caption: You don’t have to be mad to work here but it helps.

He was surprised the driver could see out of the back at all. On the other hand, at least he was providing reading material for people in traffic jams. Like the one they were currently stuck in. A long line of cars crawling through the M1 roadworks; it felt like they had started sometime in the last century and looked set to continue well into the next millennium.

Gabe sighed and tapped his fingers on the wheel, as though this could somehow hurry along the traffic, or summon a time machine. He was almost late. Not quite. Not yet. It was still within the bounds of possibility that he might make it home in time. But he wasn’t hopeful. In fact, hope had left him somewhere around Junction 19, along with all the drivers savvy enough to take their chances with their satnav and a country-lane diversion.

What was even more frustrating was that he had managed to leave on time today. He should easily have made it home by six thirty, so he could be there for dinner and Izzy’s bedtime, which he had promised—promised—Jenny that he would do tonight.

“Just once a week. That’s all I ask. One night when we eat together, you read your daughter a bedtime story and we pretend we’re a normal, happy family.”

That had hurt. She had meant it to.

Of course, he could have pointed out that he was the one who had got Izzy ready for school that morning, as Jenny had had to rush out to see a client. He was the one who had soothed their daughter and applied Savlon to her chin when their temperamental rescue cat (the one Jenny had adopted) had scratched her.

But he didn’t. Because they both knew it didn’t make up for all the missed times, the moments he hadn’t been there. Jenny was not an unreasonable woman. But when it came to family, she had a very definite line. If you crossed it, then it was a long time before she let you step back inside.

It was one of the reasons he loved her: her fierce devotion to their daughter. Gabe’s own mum had been more devoted to cheap vodka, and he had never known his dad. Gabe had sworn that he would be different; that he would always be there for his little girl.

And yet, here he was, stuck on the motorway, about to be late. Again. Jenny would not forgive him. Not this time. He didn’t want to dwell upon what that meant.

He had tried to call her, but it had gone to voicemail. And now his phone had less than 1 percent battery, which meant it would die any minute and, typically, today of all days, he had left his charger at home. All he could do was sit, fighting the urge to press his foot on the accelerator and shove the rest of the traffic out of the way, tapping his fingers aggressively on the steering wheel, staring at bloody Sticker Man in front.

A lot of the stickers looked old. Faded and wrinkled. But then, the car itself looked ancient. An old Cortina, or something similar. It was sprayed that color that was so popular in the seventies: a sort of grubby gold. Moldy banana. Pollution sunset. Dying sun.

Dirty grey fumes puffed intermittently out of the wonky exhaust. The whole bumper was speckled with rust. He couldn’t see a manufacturer’s badge. It had probably fallen off, along with half of the number plate. Only the letters “T” and “N” and what could be part of a 6 or an 8 remained. He frowned. He was sure that wasn’t legal. The damn thing probably wasn’t even roadworthy, or insured, or driven by a qualified driver. Best not to get too close.

He was just considering changing lanes when the girl’s face appeared in the rear window, perfectly framed by the peeling stickers. She looked to be around five or six. Round-faced, pink-cheeked. Fine blonde hair pulled into two high pigtails.

His first thought was that she should be strapped into a car seat.

His second thought was: Izzy.

She stared at him. Her eyes widened. She opened her mouth, revealing a tooth missing right in the front. He remembered wrapping it in a tissue and tucking it under her pillow for the tooth fairy.

She mouthed: “Daddy!”

Then a hand reached back, grabbed her arm and yanked her down. Out of sight. Gone. Vanished.

He stared at the empty window.

Izzy.

Impossible.

His daughter was at home, with her mum. Probably watching the Disney channel while Jenny cooked dinner. She couldn’t be in the back of a strange car, going God knows where, not even strapped into a car seat.

The stickers blocked his view of the driver. He could barely see the top of their head above Honk if you’re horny. Fuck that. He honked anyway. Then he flashed his lights. The car seemed to speed up a little. Ahead of him, the roadworks were ending, the 50mph signs replaced by the national speed limit.

Izzy. He accelerated. It was a new Range Rover. It went like shit off the proverbial shovel. And yet the battered old rust bucket in front was pulling away from him. He pressed the pedal down harder. Watched the speedometer creep up past seventy, seventy-five, eighty-five. He was gaining, and then the car in front suddenly darted into the middle lane and overtook several cars. Gabe followed, swerving in front of an HGV. The horn’s blare almost deafened him. His heart felt like it might just burst right out of his chest, like bloody Alien.

The car in front was weaving dangerously in and out of the traffic. Gabe was hemmed in by a Ford Focus on one side and a Toyota in front. Shit. He glanced in his mirror, pulled into the slow lane then darted back in front of the Toyota. At the same time a Jeep pulled in from the fast lane, just missing his hood. He slammed on his brakes. The Jeep driver flashed his hazards and gave him the finger.

“Screw you, too, you fucking wanker!”

The rust bucket was several cars in front now, still weaving, tail lights disappearing into the distance. He couldn’t keep up. It was too dangerous.

Besides, he tried to tell himself, he must be mistaken. Must be. It couldn’t have been Izzy. Impossible. Why on earth would she be in that car? He was tired, stressed. It was dark. It must be some other little girl who looked like Izzy. A lot like Izzy. A little girl who had the same blonde hair in pigtails, the same gap between her front teeth. A little girl who called him “Daddy.”

A sign flashed up ahead: services ½ mile. He could pull in, make a phone call, put his mind at rest. But he was already late; he should keep going. On the other hand, what was a few more minutes? The slip road was sliding past. Keep going? Pull over? Keep going? Pull over? Izzy. At the last minute, he yanked the wheel to the left, bumping over the white hazard lines and eliciting more horn beeps. He sped up the slip road and into the services.

Gabe hardly ever stopped at service stations. He found them depressing, full of miserable people who wanted to be somewhere else.

He wasted precious minutes scuttling up and down, past the various food outlets, searching for a payphone, which he eventually found tucked away near the toilets. Just the one. No one used payphones any more. He wasted several more minutes looking for some change before he realized you could use a card. He extracted his debit card from his wallet, stuck it in and called home.

Jenny never answered on the first ring. She was always busy, always doing something with Izzy. Sometimes she said she wished she had eight pairs of hands. He should be there more, he thought. He should help.

“Hello.”

A woman’s voice. But not Jenny. Unfamiliar. Had he called the wrong number? He didn’t call it very often. Again, it was all cellphones. He checked the number on the payphone. Definitely their landline number.

“Hello?” the voice said again. “Is that Mr. Forman?”

“Yes. This is Mr. Forman. Who the hell are you?”

“My name is Detective Inspector Maddock.”

A detective. In his house. Answering his phone.

“Where are you, Mr. Forman?”

“The M1. I mean, in the services. On my way back from work.”

He was babbling. Like a guilty person. But then, he was guilty, wasn’t he? Of a lot of things.

“You need to come home, Mr. Forman. Right away.”

“Why? What’s going on? What’s happened?”

A long pause. A swollen, stifling silence. The sort of silence, he thought, that brims with unspoken words. Words that are about to completely fuck up your life.

“It’s about your wife . . . ​and your daughter.”

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The Other People: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
ElleRudy 17 days ago
Every year there’s always one or two wholly exceptional thrillers for me. Not slow-burning mysteries, not courtroom dramas, but truly skin-tingling, suspenseful novels that are so engrossing you completely shut out the world while reading them. Maybe you think you know what’s about to happen next, but that’s all by design. The author lets you feel like you have a handle on the plot only to rip the rug from beneath your feet. For me in 2019, that book also happened to be the most popular on Goodreads this year, The Silent Patient, so 2020 is going to have its work cut out for it. I try not to go into most of the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery genre with these expectations, though, because it often leads to disappointment. And not every one of those books *needs* that same heightened level of hair-raising tension to tell a good story. But the reviews for The Other People have been excellent. I went into this cautiously optimistic. I’ve had C.J. Tudor in my periphery, but never got around to reading The Chalk Man or The Hiding Place. Just about every person I follow has left it a glowing review, so it got added to my already daunting 2020 releases TBR. Maybe this is a lot of pressure to put on a book being published in January—there’s still eleven more months of potential releases that may still take that top spot. But long-winded introduction aside, my question going into this book is a simple one: Does it live up to the hype? My answer is going to have to be yes. It’s still a little early to start divvying out ‘Best Of’ accolades, but of the half a dozen or so upcoming releases I’ve gotten the chance to dive into, it’s currently my top ranked thriller. Tudor wastes no time advancing into the thick of the plot. Gabe finds himself living a parent’s worst nightmare—something that’s too horrific to possibly be true. Something has happened to his daughter. His wife has been killed. And three years after those events he’s still a man possessed, chasing ghosts and making little headway until a sudden break in the case. We follow him down rabbit hole after rabbit hole without respite, even when the whole world seems to be conspiring to get him to stop. There’s two other perspectives, one of a young mother and another a woman and girl on the run. They’re all haunted by seemingly independent circumstances, but how separate are we really from the other people around us? The author did an exceptional job in weaving each of these threads before tying them all up together. I appreciated that there weren’t any loose ends left dangling; there’s no questions unanswered except for the more existential ones. I didn’t want to talk this up TOO much, but there’s just so much predictability in a genre that’s supposed to keep you guessing, so I get super excited when I find something great. But in an attempt to temper expectations a bit...I don’t think the story needed the paranormal/magical element(s); they don’t end up being that consequential. But I will say that usually when authors throw in some fantastical bits, they’re using them as an out after writing themselves into a corner. That’s not the case with The Other People. It’s just an additive, a stylistic choice, not a crutch. This is just a well-paced, riveting, nicely constructed thriller that I needed to finish in one sitting. I’m not normally good at that, which is why I always have several books going at once. The increasing, building intensity wouldn’t let me put it down and do anything else. I ho
paigereadsthepage 20 days ago
The chapters are short and writing style is absorbing. It's a quick and easy read (under 300 pages). The chapters alternate between 3 characters, and are woven together towards the end as the mystery unravels. I found myself suspending belief shortly into the story. But towards the middle and afterwards, I found so much unrealistic. I don't mind suspending belief to help carry a story here or there, but the main story itself seemed too over the top. The reality was not there. There is a small paranormal aspect that did not fit in well with the rest, and I did not understand what it had to do with the movement of the story or the finality of the plot. 3 stars because I liked it okay. It was a good-ish read. It's nothing that had me thinking about it after I was done, no big jaw-dropping moments, and probably nothing I will recommend as an omg you will not believe this thriller. It was fast paced, but not thrilling for me. It's a good read for vacation or by the pool. Thank you to Random House-Ballantine and NetGalley for an advanced copy. Opinions are my own.
Pensguys . 15 hours ago
This book started off strong for me and kept me guessing a majority of the time, but the supernatural element of the story felt totally out of place. I could imagine something like this happening like this in real life minus the crazy supernatural stuff. Just no. And then to bring in the "privilege" element? Big eye roll. The things I did like about this book though were the mystery and suspense factors which created a bit of anxiety to keep me reading to find out what really had happened. I do plan on reading this author's book The Chalk man because I have heard good things. Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book prior to publication.
HeidiBee 20 hours ago
I just finished The Other People by C.J. Tudor last night and I immediately had to get to the blog to share my thoughts. This wasn't at all what I was expecting, but it was so much more. I wasn't sure which genre this would be in and to be honest I am still not one hundred percent sure. It is a thriller, with a little supernatural element to it. To me one of the main things that sticks out during the first half of the book is grief, so this is also a bit of a drama. Several of the characters are dealing with grief and they all handle it in their own way. This makes this book so very compelling! On top of there are twists and some great thrills nearing the end. I for sure can say I didn't know what would happen next! So this is a win for me!!
Peter Donnelly 12 days ago
The Other People is an exceptional psychological thriller with a dark and menacing mood that draws on a creepy supernatural feel. The writing is crazy good in instilling a chilling atmosphere, with voices and the finger of a paranormal threat to remind us that no –one is safe. On his way home driving along the M1 motorway in England, Gabe believes he sees his daughter looking out the rear window of a very distinct rusty old car, covered with bumper stickers. Traumatically he readers her lips as she calls out ‘Daddy’ and then he loses the car in the traffic. He then learns that his wife and child have been murdered in their home but it can’t be Izzy because he saw her in a car. No one believes him and he is questioned as a murder suspect. Gabe is so distraught that he becomes ill and collapses, and his father-in-law identifies the bodies as his wife and daughter. Gabe has withdrawn from the world he once knew, his appearance is dishevelled and he’s noticeably thin. He now lives in a VW Camper Van and travels up and down the motorways of Great Britain stopping at the service stations handing out posters asking if anyone has seen his daughter or has any information. He does mildly interact with a waitress at a service station called Katie and a man only known to him as the Samaritan. “ ‘Some people call me the Samaritan.’ But sometimes, Gabe wondered what others called him.” Meanwhile, Fran and her daughter Alice are constantly on the run moving from place to place with a knowledge that they are being hunted, by dangerous people and a paranormal foreboding. The fear of their hunters and Alice’s dreams are brilliantly portrayed for a manic existence, always on the run. Alice avoids mirrors because she’s not always sure who is looking back. Fran calls on her estranged sister, Katie, for help and the secrets and deceptions escalate. A third thread drifts like an ethereal tale concerning a pale girl in a white room. She sleeps. Miriam has devoted herself to looking after the girl even with the unexplained incidents that often happen. Clues eventually start to be revealed for Gabe and he uncovers a message that states The Other People. Further digging suggests they can be found on the dark web and now the sinister elements start to gather. Each thread holds suspense and fear while the story unwinds, and it becomes a difficult decision to set the book down. As the story elements start to weave together the narrative becomes more and more compelling. The characters are full of light and shade and play their role as the story speeds towards its end. It’s difficult to say too much about the plot or characters as that is part of the pleasure of reading this book, to discover for yourself. Just remember that there is always a price to be paid for a favour or request – ‘an eye for an eye’. Utterly compelling, dark, scary and hugely entertaining. I would highly recommend this book and this author, and I would like to thank Ballantine Books, Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC copy of the book in return for an honest review.
mainlinebooker 14 days ago
An engaging thriller that was a compelling read of twists and turns and easy to devour. However, I had just finished Greg Hurwitz Orphan X and was a bit put off by the same premise of the Samaritan vs the Nowhere Man in the latter novel. It felt like it was ripped off from Hurwitz's book. Of course, that is where the similarity ended. Gabe is late coming home from work but swears he sees his young daughter in the back of a car crying his name. He comes home to find that his daughter and wife are supposedly dead. This sets the narrative up for 3 different stories, told by 2 other women with alot of paranormal activities. I have to admit that the occult aspects did not captivate me as some things did not add up, but for fans of Stephen King this will be a sure winner.
Shoeguru 14 days ago
Gabe is blindsided when he receives a call out of nowhere one day telling him that he needed to get home immediately. When he makes it home, he discovers that his wife has been murdered and his daughter is missing although he is told that she is dead as well. Gabe spends years living on the road trying to find the car that he saw his daughter in that day three years ago when he finally is able to figure out what is going on and what has happened. This was a tough book to get into, however am glad that I stuck with it. It was a superb thriller and kept me guessing in so many different ways until the very end. The story was solid and so different from what I have read in the past. Thanks for the ARC, Net Galley.
labmom55 14 days ago
3.5 stars, rounded up In C. J. Tudor’s prior two books, she did a great job of combining a good mystery with a great creep factor. This book follows that format, although not as successfully. Gabe is a writer, whose heroes including Stephen King. So, maybe King is also a hero to Tudor. Because there’s a similar feel here. The main characters of The Other People are those that live at the edges. Gabe spends the nights perusing the roads, looking for his missing daughter. Fran and Alice are on the run. Katie is a nighttime waitress at a service station. One by one we are given clues, like breadcrumbs dropped along a path, discovering the connections between them I love Tudor’s writing. “People say that hate and bitterness will destroy you. They’re wrong. It’s hope. Hope will devour you from the inside like a parasite.” Or this “The time when the demons would emerge, slithering and sliding out of shadows, trailing mucous membranes of bitter bile and stinging misery and regret.” She just has a poetic way of writing that grabs me. The story here draws a little too heavily on coincidences. And I really didn’t care for the supernatural bit which was never really explained to my satisfaction. But if you overlook that, it’s engaging. It moves along at a good clip. Not my favorite of Tudor’s, but still good. My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book.
Amanda_Dickens 15 days ago
I really enjoyed reading this book and finished it in one sitting. I just had to know how everyone was connected and what actually happened. Having read a prior book by this author and not liking it I was worried that I might not like this one but I really liked it. There isn't much to say about it because you should go into not knowing much but the writing was great and I was hooked from beginning to end.
HollyLovesBooks4Us 15 days ago
C. J. Tudor has written a unique story with this novel. It combines a mystery/thriller with the magical realism of a Stephen King or Haruki Murakami. At first, I wasn't quite certain that this would hold up to that level of combining genres but in the end, it worked. The story is engaging and although there are some clunky bits that seemed to not flow as well as the novel as a whole, in general, the plot and characters were engaging. I enjoyed the way the storylines ultimately came together at the end, while leaving some questions for the future. All in all, this was more of a win than early reviews would have had me expecting. It was definitely worth a read if you like those mentioned genres. #TheOtherPeople #Netgalley #RandomHousePublishing #Ballantine
diane92345 16 days ago
If you’ve lost someone beloved, The Other People want to help… Gabe sees his daughter, Izzy, in the back window of a car ahead of him on the freeway one night. He assumes that he is mistaken until she mouths the word “Daddy”. He gives chase but loses the car in the traffic. When he arrives home, the police tell him his wife and daughter have both been murdered. How is that possible? After driving the freeway for three long years searching for the car and Izzy, Gabe is befriended by Katie, a waitress in the gas station truck stop he frequents. She has also lost someone. In the meantime, Fran and her daughter Alice are running away from a threat. How do these stories intertwine? Will Gabe find Izzy? Or is she already dead and Gabe is living in a fantasy world? I enjoyed this paranormal thriller. The Other People was engaging and kept me reading until late at night. The characters seem genuine. Plus the atmosphere and the feeling of dread in the book is kept at 11. It is perfect for readers who like a bit of horror with their thrillers. 4 stars! Thanks to Ballantine Books, Random House and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 16 days ago
I had heard nothing but good things about Tudor's previous book The Chalk Man so I was thrilled to get an ARC of this one and it did not disappoint. This one was told from the perspectives of three people who's connection come together later in the story. There was a little paranormal thrown in but I found it to be pretty minor and it didn't throw off the feel of the book like some other's i've read (cough, cough Behind Her Eyes). I found the story to be intriguing, fast-paced, and a twisty thriller. I dare say it felt a bit Harlan Coben-ish (which is high praise as he is one of my favorite go to thriller authors). *Thank you NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for the advance copy. #TheOtherPeople #NetGalley
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com 16 days ago
I really liked this one... One of the things I liked about it from the beginning was the uncertainty - was this going to be paranormal? Was it horror? Was it a straightforward thriller? There were elements of all of these woven in the story, and they were crafted together into a whole that left me guessing in a way that I found maddening and enjoyable at the same time. Having your child go missing is every parent's worst nightmare, and Tudor did an excellent job laying out the stress and the strain that would inevitably follow such an event. I found the characterizations excellent and the pacing to be spot-on. The secret behind The Other People was presented with just enough red herrings and confusion to heighten the tension, but as things began to clarify, details were rolled out in a way that felt incredible and credible at the same time. This is the third or fourth book with a similar theme that I have read recently, and I have really enjoyed each of them. The concept of retributive vengeance that can only be found outside of the system of society's laws is a fascinating one, and I think Tudor's handling of it was managed in an innovative and engaging way. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.
Anonymous 16 days ago
This book should come with the warning ''DO NOT READ BEFORE GOING TO BED". Why, you ask? Is it scary? Yes. Does it have twists and turns? By the bucket full. Is there a touch of the supernatural? Yes but not over powering. Then why? Because you simply can not put it down. I stayed up so late two nights in a row because I simply had to read what was going to happen next. Now I sit with dark circles under my eyes and a desperate need for a nap while I type this review out. Gabe's wife and daughter were murdered and he cannot accept his daughter is dead. He goes on a three year quest to find her in a battered camper van handing out thousands of flyers asking for information. He runs into Kate, a waitress at a truck stop cafe, and their relationship makes all the difference. I will tell you nothing else because I want to give Nothing away. I want you to experience the chills and thrills yourself of this remarkable book. I have no fingernails left after chewing them off and I want that for you too. It is a great mystery book. Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
Anonymous 16 days ago
This book should come with the warning ''DO NOT READ BEFORE GOING TO BED". Why, you ask? Is it scary? Yes. Does it have twists and turns? By the bucket full. Is there a touch of the supernatural? Yes but not over powering. Then why? Because you simply can not put it down. I stayed up so late two nights in a row because I simply had to read what was going to happen next. Now I sit with dark circles under my eyes and a desperate need for a nap while I type this review out. Gabe's wife and daughter were murdered and he cannot accept his daughter is dead. He goes on a three year quest to find her in a battered camper van handing out thousands of flyers asking for information. He runs into Kate, a waitress at a truck stop cafe, and their relationship makes all the difference. I will tell you nothing else because I want to give Nothing away. I want you to experience the chills and thrills yourself of this remarkable book. I have no fingernails left after chewing them off and I want that for you too. It is a great mystery book. Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
VWilliams 17 days ago
This is one seriously chilling novel with a prologue that has your teeth jangling almost immediately. Where do I start? Is it a thriller? A mystery? Vigilante Justice? An eye for an eye. Bible: Chapter and Verse. And a touch of the supernatural! There are several threads, the main one being protagonist Gabe. He's been through the worst that life can offer, the reported savage death of his wife Jenny and daughter, Izzy. But he continues to search for Izzy. His grief is palpable, all consuming. And Katie, a waitress who often sees Gabe, a motorist passing weekly on his daughter-seeking mission. Fran and her daughter Alice are running. It's a frantic existence, it's not fair--Alice is so young and she's been severely traumatized. And lastly, the girl, quiet, kept in perpetuity in a sterile white room with the machines and the nurse. As the author spoon-feeds you little bits and the storyline begins to build and coagulate, it also builds a heart-thumping dread. The scenarios switch from POV to POV, each creating another building block exposing a raw truth. A lie by the sin of omission? Secrets held tight--they all have them--loathe to expose any to light. Who are The Other People? The sheer complexity begins to wear on you. The oft-confusing new revelation, blinding twists, becomes absolutely gripping, page-turning entertainment. The frenetic conclusion, while satisfying, introduced another shocking revelation and the full reveal bordered perhaps on TMI. Otherwise, the whole ride through this book was one very exciting charge into a stunning, almost brilliant third effort. I can't compare this to the others as this was my first experience with the author, but I can assure you, it won't be my last. I was given this digital download by the publisher through NetGalley and was thrilled to have the opportunity to read and review. Wholeheartedly recommended for any who love an incredibly engaging well-plotted thriller. 4.5 rounded up
Anonymous 17 days ago
I had a slow start for this novel, reading different points without knowing how they all fit together, and not knowing if there was a supernatural element, or if there was a logical explanation for everything. It took me over a week to read the first 20% of the book, and then just a couple of days to read the rest. I enjoy C.J. Tudor's thrillers. They're very engrossing and easy to get caught up in. There were a few points where the entire plot was hinged on details that felt implausible to me, but with any thriller I think it helps not to get too caught up in how perfectly impractical the entire series of events may be and just enjoy the ride. I received a free advance copy of this book from Netgalley.
casey710 17 days ago
CJ Tudor has fast become one of my favorite authors. This is her third book after The Chalk Man and The Hiding Place and it may be her best. A man is desperately searching for his family who disappeared years ago. He gets involved with a support group who may not be what they seem. This storyline is actually chilling. At one point the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Like her other two books, this one is very well plotted with gripping dialog and a twist you will never see coming. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
MLyons 18 days ago
The story in C.J. Tudor’s newest thriller centers on Gabe, a man who seems to be on an endless quest for his daughter, Izzy, who was supposedly murdered along with Gabe’s wife. Tudor successfully weaves Gabe’s story with those of Fran (who is looking after a young girl called Alice), Katie (a waitress in a coffee shop) and a comatose young girl, sprinkles a bit of the supernatural (a chilling group know as The Other People), and provides enough twists and turns to create a very readable thriller. A definite page-turner! Tudor’s characters are all interesting and realistic, and they each seem to be fueled by genuine emotion. The plot line — albeit somewhat complicated, especially in the beginning third of the novel — is cleverly thought out and ties together quite well in the end. All in all, I found this to be another great read from Tudor, and I look forward to reading her next book.
amandainpa 19 days ago
I couldn't put this one down! A wild ride from the first page to the last that had many surprises. This was the type of story that really made me think, "could this really happen?" and I truly believe that it's possible (which adds to the creepy factor). This is the type of book that starts out somewhat confusing and eventually all of the pieces fall into place perfectly. I don't want to say much about the plot because I feel that it's best to go into this one knowing as little as possible. I definitely recommend this book, I read it in one sitting. I received an arc of this book from NetGalley and Random House to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
TUDORQUEEN 20 days ago
I absolutely loved C.J. Tudor's debut "The Chalk Man", though was much less enchanted with her sophomore outing, "The Hiding Place". This third offering falls somewhere in between in my estimation, garnering a four star rating. My first thought was that I detected no homage to Stephen King books in this storyline which had at first delighted me in "The Chalk Man" but made me cynical in "The Hiding Place". I used to read every Stephen King book that came on the market back in the 70s and 80s but slacked off over the decades since then, so maybe I've missed something, but this storyline bears no resemblance to anything I remember reading from Stephen King. C.J. Tudor's writing style to me is perfection, as it flows so easily and naturally, so I'm always in a happy place as far as that goes. This story settles upon the character of Gabe whose wife Jenny and young daughter Izzy were murdered a few years ago. However, the evening this occurred he was stuck in traffic behind an ugly gold vehicle with a lot of garish stickers. To Gabe's astonishment and horror, he saw his frightened daughter peeking out the back window, her mouth forming the words, "Daddy!" Because he never identified the bodies himself (his father-in-law Harry did so and they were cremated), he holds to the promise that Izzy is still alive and is relentless in his pursuit of her whereabouts. He travels at night in a VW camper van, drinking coffee at various rest stops and following endless leads. He's a thin, dark shadow of his former self. If only he could find that car he was chasing on that fateful night. There are some interesting supporting characters like Fran. She's constantly on the run with her young charge, Alice. Alice suffers from narcolepsy and can suddenly fall asleep at any moment. She also has a particular problem with mirrors in bathrooms. It seems that a young girl is trying to communicate with her and each attempt results in broken glass and a pebble left behind. Alice saves all the pebbles in her little rucksack which grates on Fran's ears with its eerie clickety-click cadence. Katie is a night shift waitress at one of the rest stops Gabe frequents. She has two young children that her sister Lou watches while she's working. All these characters become intertwined as the story unfolds and some of them have secrets. There is a vague supernatural element simmering in the background with emotional high stakes due to the child separation/death situation. I figured out some of the mystery early on but much of it was a slow burn until the end. I still think "The Chalk Man" was Tudor's best outing so far, but this was a compelling page-turner with a lot of angst. Thank you to Random House Publishing / Ballantine and the Marketing Manger Kathleen Quinlan for providing both a physical galley and a digital advance reader copy via NetGalley.
DG_Reads 20 days ago
I received a complimentary Advance Reader Copy of THE OTHER PEOPLE by C.J. Tudor. Thank you to Ballantine Books for the chance to read provide an honest review! I was a huge fan of C.J. Tudor’s prior books, especially her debut THE CHALK MAN so when I heard about this new release I immediately requested the chance to read it for review and was thrilled to get it in the mail! In THE OTHER PEOPLE Gabe is stuck in traffic late to get home for dinner with his wife and daughter. It is clear quickly that his marriage is in trouble and he is stressed about getting home late again. With nothing else to do, Gabe is reading all of the many bumper stickers plastered to the rear window of the car in front of him and is shocked to suddenly see a girl he recognizes as his daughter peering out at him. He attempts to get the driver’s attention, but loses the car in the traffic. Though he knows what he saw, he is told that his wife and daughter are dead. Years later Gabe is living in a van, wandering from service station to service station looking for the car from that night or any word on his daughter, still convinced the police have it wrong and Izzy is alive. Along with Gabe’s POV we hear from the waitress in one of the service stations who knows Gabe as the thin man, wearing down in his endless quest. We also hear from Fran as she takes a little girl called Alice on the run with dangerous men in pursuit. We don’t know how all of these characters and POVs overlap, but slowly the author brings them all together. I really enjoyed THE OTHER PEOPLE! The writing style with quick changes in POV and short chapters really kept me hooked to keep reading. All of our POV characters are facing their own difficulties and their pain comes through well, dealing with issues of regret, guilt and grief. There is a bit of a paranormal twist to the goings on throughout the narrative, but at its heart this is a book that deals in the real world. This is a book that kept me up way too late reading at night because it was just that easy to tell myself just one more chapter to uncover another secret to the overarching mysteries of this book. It is a book I would heartily recommend to the thriller fans!
BrunettesLikeBooksToo 21 days ago
Monday, April 11th, 2016 on the M1 North He noticed the stickers on the car first. Before, he noticed his daughter in the back of the car, mouthing the word, “DADDY!” Monday, February 18, 2019, Newton Green Services, 130 AM “The Thin Man” drinks black coffee, plenty of sugar. He needs to stay awake so he can continue driving the M1, in relentless pursuit of the car with the stickers. The car that had his daughter. He has to believe she is still alive. “Terrible things happen , of course, but they happen to other people; the ones you read about in newspapers. The haggard, tear -ravaged faces you see on the television.” Katie, the waitress who pours his coffee on that all night shift is one of those. Her father was murdered. She knows about loss. And, Fran knows the truth. So, she has also put in a lot of miles on the M1, as she and her daughter Alice are on the run... Somewhere: “She sleeps. A pale girl in a white room. She doesn’t hear the machines that beep and whir around her. She doesn’t feel the touch of Miriam’s hand or notice when the nurse leaves the room. The pale girl doesn’t hear or feel a thing. But she does dream.” And, The Sandman, sometimes visits... First off, I have to say, that I was NOT a fan of “The Chalk Man”, but probably because I cannot really relate to stories where little boys are the main characters, more so, than not liking the writing.. But, this story was “unputdownable”! I pictured the creepy, dark highway, and the services and diners. I smelled the burnt coffee. And, I felt the pain of the father, Gabe, “the thin man”, who refused to give up hope. So many of the mystery/suspense/ thriller stories this past year have been unfulfilling because their author’s just throw in a “twist you won’t see coming” because it’s actually a “plot hole” so you cannot see it coming! This is actually a cleverly thought out story, which all ties together. It’s complexity separates CJ Tudor from a lot of these other authors. PART mystery/suspense and PART supernatural and horror, I was captivated throughout and continually revising my guesses! I loved it! ❤️
bella79954 21 days ago
"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" A man driving down a highway sees his daughter in the back of a car ahead of him. She mouths "Daddy" and then she is gone. He spends the next three years looking for her. A woman and her daughter are running from those who hope to catch them. A waitress who frequently waits on the man who will not give up searching for his daughter. Their stories will collide as this book progresses. "The greatest acts of cruelty are born of the greatest love." Then there are The Other People. They know what you are going through. They might be able to help... When I reviewed her other book The Hiding Place, I mentioned that she reminded me too much of Stephen King and I only wanted to think of her as an Author while reading her work. Well she brought it in this book. I felt this was entirely original, creative, well thought out, and perfectly paced. There is some creep factor, some paranormal, some darkness and some mystery here. There are also secrets (plenty) and full of people who have suffered loss, and those who are not willing to let go. There is desperation here, some fear, some hope and some justice. I read this in two days as I did not want to stop until I had all the answers. She had me curious from page one, trying to figure out the connection (if any) between the characters. This was a page turner which had me guessing and second guessing what was going on. I really enjoyed how everything came together and made sense. Captivating, engaging, creepy and dark. Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Bridgett Deem Nelson 21 days ago
Honk if you're horny! Don't follow me, I'm lost. When you drive like I do, you'd better believe in God. Horn broken--watch for finger. Real men love Jesus. Can you imagine calmly reading these stickers on the old, rusty car sitting in front of you in traffic, and then the unimagined fear and desperation you would experience upon seeing your petrified child pop up in the back seat while screaming for your help? If that imagery sends chills down your spine, nestle in and enjoy the break-neck ride that is The Other People. This is my first C.J. Tudor novel (although I have The Chalk Man and The Hiding Place on my Kindle), and I was very pleasantly surprised. This story introduces elements I haven't read before, which is always a refreshing change. And while I felt the supernatural elements were unnecessary, and actually somewhat impeded the flow of the story, I do appreciate Ms. Tudor's creativity and the complexity of what she was trying to achieve. She kept me guessing throughout, and the ending was tied up beautifully, with all the characters coming together in a most unexpected way. Unlike some of the others reviewers, this book never gripped me to the point I couldn't put it down, but I was always engaged and happy to pick it up during my down time. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by this very talented author. **Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.