The Other People – CJ Tudor

She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .

Three years ago, Gabe saw his daughter taken. In the back of a rusty old car, covered in bumper stickers. He was driving behind the car. He watched her disappear. But no one believes him. Most people believe that his daughter, and wife, are dead. For a while, people believed that Gabe was responsible.

Three years later and Gabe cannot give up hope. Even though he has given up everything else. His home, his job, his old life. He spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, sleeping in his camper van in service stations, searching for the car that took her. Searching for his daughter.

Katie spends a lot of her life in service stations, working as a waitress. She often sees Gabriel, or ‘the thin man’ as she has nicknamed him. She knows his story. She feels for him, because Katie understands what it’s like to lose a loved one. Nine years ago, her father was murdered. It broke her family apart. She hasn’t seen her oldest sister since the day of the funeral; the day she did something terrible.

Fran and her daughter, Alice, put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people that 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 that if they ever find them, they’re dead

About the Author:

C. J. Tudor lives with her partner and young daughter. Her 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 sold in thirty-nine territories.

My Review:

Brrrrrrr – that’s me trying to shake off the goosebumps after reading The Other People, which I should also mention that I started yesterday morning with the intention of reading a couple of chapters and before I knew it, it was 6pm in the evening, I was still in bed and had finished the book.  If that doesn’t tell you what I thought of The Other People, then I shall try to elaborate:

The Other People is CJ Tudor’s third standalone thriller and, in my opinion, her best yet!  It’s creepy as f*ck, weird, scary, hair-raising and spine-chilling and that’s just the first chapter!!

Can you imagine stuck in traffic on the M1 and a little face appears in the back window of the car in front… it’s your 5 year old daughter and she’s mouthing DADDY… WTAF.. well that’s what happens to Gabe.

The story then picks up three years late – Gabe is a broken man after the murder of his wife and daughter but he doesn’t believe it was his daughter who died as he saw her in a car 3 years ago.  Katie is a single mother who works the night shifts in a motorway service station and has watched Gabe for years searching for his daughter.  Fran is on the run with her young daughter Alice trying to hide from someone who wants her and her daughter dead.  How are these people connected and what really happened to Izzy?

I won’t say much more, except this really is a book you can’t put down.  Each chapter leaves you gripped and gasping for more.  All the characters are fascinating and the pace of the story keeps your heart rate raised throughout.

I absolutely LOVED this book and although it’s only 13 January 2020 it goes straight into my TOP TEN books of the year so far.


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