Monday, December 2, 2019

The Other People by C.J. Tudor

The Other People The Other People by C.J. 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.

Kindle Edition400 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020
Publisher: Penguin


First compelling paragraph:

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.

The Other People by C.J. Tudor opens with an eerie setting and the tension just keeps building.
This is a complex and compelling story told from multiple characters; emitting a pervasively creepy atmosphere that carries all the way until the end. It is a story of grief and loss, murder and revenge and explores the lengths of just how far some will go to avenge the wrongs done to those they love. Enter The Other People, who call it justice but beware, the favor they ask in return could cost you more than you’re willing to pay. From the Dark Web:

Q: What if I don’t repay the Favor?A: We always try to ensure that the Favor is one you are able to complete, happily and willingly. Failure to complete your Favor threatens the very integrity of our site. That is why we have measures in place to ensure it doesn’t happen.

The Other People is a haunting psychological thriller with supernatural elements but it also offers a unique insight into one man’s grief and unrelenting pursuit of his child; a heart-wrenching exploration of the power and despair of love and hope:

“People say hate and bitterness will destroy you. They’re wrong. It’s hope. Hope will devour you from the inside like a parasite.”

This is a stunning read that will stay with me for a while. I highly recommend this psychological thriller to any fan of the genre. It’s a fantastic read!

A big thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group, Ballantine Books and C.J. Tudor for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review.

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