Thursday 23 January 2020

Publication Day Review ~ The Other People by C J Tudor

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Penguin UK
Michael Joseph
23 January 2020

My thanks to the publishers for my ecopy of this book

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.

What did I think about it..

In April 2016, Gabe was travelling home on the northbound stretch of the M1, returning to his wife and daughter, when he has a fleeting a glimpse of a little blonde head in the back of the clapped out car in front of him who looks remarkably like his five-year old daughter, Izzy. The rational part of his mind tells him that this couldn’t be possible, as Izzy is safely at home with her mummy, but the little blonde girl looks so much like Izzy...

What the follows is a creepy and menacing story which takes us on the nightmare journey that quickly becomes Gabe’s life. The only reason for his meagre existence is to find out what happened to his wife and daughter on that fateful night in April 2016, the night his life became a living nightmare. Gabe is doomed to travel up and down the motorway, forever searching for Izzy, a futile journey which is both heartrending and heartbreaking.

I’ve read The Other People with my heart beating a staccato, clicking the kindle pages faster and faster in order to understand the depth of Gabe’s utter despair and rationalise the insidious evil of the Other People.I’m conscious that I can’t say much about the story without giving far too many plot secrets away and this is one twisty turns story which deserves to be read without any spoilers.

The story draws you in with the depth of its emotion and the author very cleverly reveals just enough information at the right time, drip, drip, dripping little clues and small nuances which creep and crawl into your mind so that it becomes impossible to put the story down for more than a few minutes at a time.

The Other People is a very clever thriller which grabs your attention right from the very first sentence and doesn’t let you go until the chilling end of this fabulous story.

C. J. Tudor's love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert. Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author. Her first novel, The Chalk Man, was a Sunday Times bestseller and has sold in over forty countries.

Twitter @CJTudor #TheOtherPeople


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