The Other People
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.

The Other People Details

TitleThe Other People
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 28th, 2020
PublisherPenguin
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Horror, Fiction

The Other People Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    To celebrate the amazing Celtic harvest feast All Hallow’s Eve, I already wore my Marie Antoinette costume, holding my slice of cake ( Let the hallows eat cake, dammit!) with one head and carrying this book with the other, turning the last pages with wide eyes and also jumping because of unexpected twists, visiting my numbers to request my threats as selected wine bottles or Belgian truffles. If they resist giving my treats, I threat them to sing or show them my dance moves. So far I collected 3 To celebrate the amazing Celtic harvest feast All Hallow’s Eve, I already wore my Marie Antoinette costume, holding my slice of cake ( Let the hallows eat cake, dammit!) with one head and carrying this book with the other, turning the last pages with wide eyes and also jumping because of unexpected twists, visiting my numbers to request my threats as selected wine bottles or Belgian truffles. If they resist giving my treats, I threat them to sing or show them my dance moves. So far I collected 3 cases of good wines. (So close to open my own wine bar, yay!) Happy Halloween to you, too! Let’s cut the chase and talk about this fascinating book: This is deliciously entertaining mash up of CHAIN and WHISPER MAN! Surprising, twisty, agitating, riveting, stunning, exciting page-turner! I wish it never ends! It’s jumpy, heart throbbing, thrilling roller coaster ride! To finish this book on Halloween gave me such much excitement, fun, adrenalin rush! It was even better than Universal Studios Halloween experience! (because you know the people you scared there are paid for giving you nightmares which is not as effective as what this book did to me!) Of course I gave all of my 5 gazillion stars and some treats that I collected today! Well deserved! Well played! Gabe is exhausted, nearly crumbling, nicknamed “thin man”, travelling and living in his camper van, passing through service stations, leaving the leaflets about his missing daughter. The daughter is thought as already deceased by the officers. One day, he gets stuck in the traffic on the way his home and notices the girl’s appearance in the back of old car covered in cheesy bumper stickers. He is still sure that girl is his daughter and he is kidnapped by someone. But who? And Katie is working as a waitress at a shitty restaurant where Gabe weekly stops by, raising her kids alone, gathering the pieces of her shattered after their father was killed in a home intrusion. She knows how to lose someone, how to suffer from deep grief. But she also knows the person who kidnapped Gabe’s daughter.It’s all about OTHER PEOPLE: Their motto is: An eye for eye! The way of their handling things: Vigilante justice! Quid pro quo.Their representatives walk around the people. They can sniff their sadness, grief and hatred because of injustice things happened to them and their loved ones. So they pass their cards to them which direct all those people to the dark web. The people who want to punish the ones are responsible the death of their loved ones click the request page, writing down their wish and 24 hours later after the site builders’ or masterminds’ who designed this creepy organization consider your request, if it’s acceptable , they send the confirmation. But…yes of course nothing is for free there is always more than scratching the other one’s back after requesting something involving some much violence! When your request is fulfilled, you OWE THEM A FAVOR. Till you repay your favor, you have every right to scare shittless because they know everything about you. They are watching you. So you better repay your favor and get the out of this site. Never get closer to any of electronic devices!!! And we also have good Samaritan who helps Gabe to find the vehicle who had seen during his daughter’s kidnapping.We also read about a girl, lying on a bed in vegetative state, living on life support. Somebody always visits her to tell her the stories and read passages from books. This part of story confuses you and makes you think who this girl is and what is her connection with all of these?But at the final revelations and too many twists later I start to put my fingers on my temples to massage them because of too much usage of my precious grey cells, I find out everything. (Thanks to my spider senses, at least half of my guesses are right!) Of course as like he did at the previous works the author added some supernatural, mystical elements which gave me more jumps and “holly shit” screams but also made me enjoyed this book more. Those elements fit so well with the story and I truly loved the resolution about ever characters’ entwined stories!I read both “Chalk Man” and “Hiding Place” but I think this book is so far my favorite work of this author. This is like a best Halloween gift or treat or trick I’ve ever had.Cheers!!!So much special thanks to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group-Ballentine Books for sharing this fascinating book in exchange my honest review.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Now available to request via NetGalley!It's no secret that I have struggled with reading thrillers of any kind in 2019, so I've developed a habit of steering clear of them for the past 6 months. Whether it be due to my hiatus from the genre, or the appeal that the author's writing holds for me, I found this read to be a knockout amongst a sea of cookie cutter stories. As hold's true to Tudor's prior novels, this one does have a supernatural aspect, but more on that later. Even with the Now available to request via NetGalley!It's no secret that I have struggled with reading thrillers of any kind in 2019, so I've developed a habit of steering clear of them for the past 6 months. Whether it be due to my hiatus from the genre, or the appeal that the author's writing holds for me, I found this read to be a knockout amongst a sea of cookie cutter stories. As hold's true to Tudor's prior novels, this one does have a supernatural aspect, but more on that later. Even with the paranormal bit, The Other People feels the most like a traditional break-neck thriller, as opposed to a slow burning psychological suspense, and I am here for it. "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."Right, so there's a lot going on here. The prologue is spooky, and is continued in sparse snippits alongside the past and present day narratives, where we see three main POVs. These seemingly unconnected sections do tie in, and this is revealed as the story proceeds. The story unfolds via 3 main players: Gabe, who's daughter and wife were murdered years prior, but he believes that his daughter is actually still alive, Fran, who is on the run with child in tow, and Katie, who is a waitress at one of the service stations that Gabe frequents post losing his family. I don't want to reveal too much, but if you've read any type of thriller before, you know that these separate threads will all come together by the end of the novel, and by golly do they collide in an explosion of sorts. I cannot stress enough just how engaging and captivating this story is; once I reached about the 50 page mark, I simply couldn't put it down. I was up well past my bedtime, trying to find answers and solve the mysteries, and overall the ending is incredibly satisfying. While I felt that the paranormal aspect wasn't necessary and stilted the flow of the remainder of the book, I do think it was creative and respect what the author wanted to accomplish by including it. What worked the most for me was the incredibly complex was that she flipped between not only POVs, but past and present timelines as well. I never felt lost or confused, but my sense were heightened and my attention was fully focused. The Other People is a dark, spooky read that will have you staying up well past your bedtime while keeping a nightlight on, just in case. You'll never be able to hear the clacking of stones the same way (Clickety-click), and you should probably avoid bathrooms and mirrors while you're gobbling down this story. This one is out in the US in January of 2020, but don't just take my word for it. Who knows? Maybe the other people really are out there... 😈*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    “Fate’s a real fucker.”The Other People is a dark and atmospheric psychological thriller about a missing girl and her father who won't give up hope of finding her. The plot, although not complex, is too complicated to explain. There are multiple threads, voices, and timelines, but all are seamlessly woven together. Part ominous fairy tale with some paranormal elements, part mystery, part thriller, I didn’t know where this book was going to take me. It has some similarities to The Chain, but “Fate’s a real fucker.”The Other People is a dark and atmospheric psychological thriller about a missing girl and her father who won't give up hope of finding her. The plot, although not complex, is too complicated to explain. There are multiple threads, voices, and timelines, but all are seamlessly woven together. Part ominous fairy tale with some paranormal elements, part mystery, part thriller, I didn’t know where this book was going to take me. It has some similarities to The Chain, but I enjoyed this book so much more! A strong narrative voice, compelling characters, and a plot that had me anxious to unravel kept me riveted.The voice of the narrator was what made this book a standout for me. The way the plot was framed also made this a standout. I appreciated The Other People because it isn’t your standard thriller--it is so much more! I highly recommend!I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    Beep, whirr Clickety, clack Definitely not your run of the mill thriller by any stretch.The Chalk Man was one of my favorites in 2018 and I was thrilled to get my hands on this early release!My attention was captured from the very first chapter. Page-turner alert! The Prologue gave me all the spookish vibes and intrigue that carries throughout the book - All the way to the very end.The creepy factor is center stage, but there is also an emotional story of a family that suffers loss, a father Beep, whirr Clickety, clack Definitely not your run of the mill thriller by any stretch.The Chalk Man was one of my favorites in 2018 and I was thrilled to get my hands on this early release!My attention was captured from the very first chapter. Page-turner alert!  The Prologue gave me all the spookish vibes and intrigue that carries throughout the book - All the way to the very end.The creepy factor is center stage, but there is also an emotional story of a family that suffers loss, a father that won't let go, and dare I say.... The Other People.Just follow the footpath, don't trust anybody, pay attention and be careful what you wish for!I can't say more. I don't want to give anything away. Flippin Fantastic  page turning fun with just a slight breeze of the other side. Don't ask, not telling.Thanks so much to the publisher for my review copy. Highly Recommend.
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 stars *Very dark, very creepy, but completely gripping - you won’t want to put this one down! Yes C.J. Tudor has done it again.Gabe is on his way home, when a face suddenly appears in the rear window of the beaten up old car in front of him. It’s his daughter Izzy’s face! But it can’t be, she’s at home with her mum Jenny. Gabe is tired and thinks he must be seeing things, but a terrible shock awaits him - his wife and daughter have been murdered in their own home, and the police won’t allow *4.5 stars *Very dark, very creepy, but completely gripping - you won’t want to put this one down! Yes C.J. Tudor has done it again.Gabe is on his way home, when a face suddenly appears in the rear window of the beaten up old car in front of him. It’s his daughter Izzy’s face! But it can’t be, she’s at home with her mum Jenny. Gabe is tired and thinks he must be seeing things, but a terrible shock awaits him - his wife and daughter have been murdered in their own home, and the police won’t allow him in. Sadly he’s too distressed to attend a formal identification later, (his father- in-law has to do it) so in his mind Izzy is still alive - he knows he saw her in that car.Gabe spends the next three years travelling the motorway in his camper van, handing out flyers with Izzy’s face asking “Have You Seen Me” He hopes against hope that he will also see the car in which she was abducted.Fran travels the same motorway, but unlike Gabe she’s not searching, she’s fleeing for her life with daughter Alice. The synopsis does a great job of explaining just what’s going on, so I’ll just get straight to the nitty gritty. Tudor really has her own distinctive voice, with a penchant for the supernatural. There are acute observations about life, love and loss throughout the book that make one pause and reflect upon our own humanity, and at times, lack of it. This was a quick, immersive and hypnotic read, with vivid characterisations, that are as chilling as they are insightful. Look out for ‘The Other People ‘ before they find you! * Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph for my ARC. I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange *
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    "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 "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.
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  • marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    I was thrilled when I was offered an advanced review copy of CJ Tudor's "The Other People" and the book did not disappoint. Once the book started, I didn't want to put it down until I finished it. So much of what happens in the book could happen in real life and that's the worst kind of scary to me.We are seeing things from three different perspectives, until they come together and we understand how each person's story relates to the other two stories. Also there is a supernatural aspect to the I was thrilled when I was offered an advanced review copy of CJ Tudor's "The Other People" and the book did not disappoint. Once the book started, I didn't want to put it down until I finished it. So much of what happens in the book could happen in real life and that's the worst kind of scary to me. We are seeing things from three different perspectives, until they come together and we understand how each person's story relates to the other two stories. Also there is a supernatural aspect to the story that deals with a little girl's connection to a women who has been in a coma for years. That part of the story is interesting but it's the part of the story that isn't supernatural that scares me the most. Gabe lost his wife and 5 year old girl to a murderer three years ago and since then has lived in his van, searching for an old car that he saw that horrible evening, with his little girl in the back of it. Because he knows he saw his little girl, he knows she is not dead, even though her body was identified by his father in law. No one will believe Gabe except for a stranger who calls himself the Samaritan. Kate is a waitress at a service stop that Gabe frequents. She gets involved with Gabe's life when she helps him after he is attacked. Then there is Fran and her 8 year old daughter, Alice. They are running from people who want to hurt them. As the book goes on, we find out how these people are connected to each other and the danger of "The Other People". "The Other People" deals with meting out an "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" justice and as tempting as such a concept might sound to heartbroken relatives who have lost a loved one, the reality can be a trap that no one can escape. Once you buy into that mindset, allow that kind of justice for your loved one, you are only in a deeper mess than you could ever imagine. Good people getting into horrible situations is the result. Thank you to Random House and Ballantine Books for providing me with this paperback ARC. 
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  • Fran
    January 1, 1970
    "She sleeps. A pale girl in a white room. Machines surround her. Mechanical guardians...their steady beeps and the laboured sound of her breathing are the sleeping girl's only lullabies...A small piano...in one corner of the room...A sharp "C" suddenly fills the room...The shell trembles...Somewhere, another girl falls.""Terrible things happen...but they happen to other people...Until one day, one phone call, one sentence. It's about your wife...and your daughter..." Detective Inspector Maddock "She sleeps. A pale girl in a white room. Machines surround her. Mechanical guardians...their steady beeps and the laboured sound of her breathing are the sleeping girl's only lullabies...A small piano...in one corner of the room...A sharp "C" suddenly fills the room...The shell trembles...Somewhere, another girl falls.""Terrible things happen...but they happen to other people...Until one day, one phone call, one sentence. It's about your wife...and your daughter..." Detective Inspector Maddock reports that Gabriel Forman's wife, Jenny and daughter, Isabella are dead. Gabe states, "I saw my daughter being taken. She's alive". Sitting in a traffic jam on his way home from work, he notices an ancient, rusted "moldy banana" colored car covered with bumper stickers. But wait...a blonde, pigtailed five year old that looks identical to Izzy is in the car mouthing the word "daddy". A hand reaches back, grabs her and pushes her out of sight. Gabe floors the gas however, is unable to catch the speeding vehicle."Despite what everyone believed, [Gabe] knew it was a mistake. Izzy wasn't dead. He was viewed as a murder suspect...they knew about his record." "[He] spent every day and night driving up and down the motorway searching for his daughter, often handing out leaflets...Have You Seen Me?" According to Katie, a waitress at the Newton Green Services, "The man had been eaten up by hope...Hope will devour you from the inside...he had nothing left." The plot thickens when the bumper stickered car is found half submerged in the lake. A puzzling find in the glove box! A body in the boot!"Anonymous hotels. Always running, always afraid...A desperate, unrelenting sense of guilt...she couldn't change things now. She couldn't look back...but Fran had no choice: it was what she had to do, to keep her safe." Seven year old Alice was narcoleptic. "She could fall asleep anywhere, anytime...on the way to school, in the bathroom...every time Alice had an episode, she woke clutching a pebble."Searching for answers, Gabe happens upon information about "The Other People". This organization understands grief and bereavement. It believes in "an eye for an eye", retribution and vengeance. In this taut, unputdownable thriller,"The Other People", author C.J. Tudor has penned a winner! Highly recommended!Thank you Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine and C.J. Tudor for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dorie - Cats&Books :)
    January 1, 1970
    This is definitely one of those books that you will want to set aside a long stretch of time to read. Not only is it enthralling but there are lots of characters to keep track of in the beginning, but hang in there and you will be rewarded with a great story. C.J. Tudor is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This novel combines three separate points of view that will come together later in the book. There is also a supernatural element to this book as is Ms.Tudor’s signature style. It This is definitely one of those books that you will want to set aside a long stretch of time to read. Not only is it enthralling but there are lots of characters to keep track of in the beginning, but hang in there and you will be rewarded with a great story. C.J. Tudor is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This novel combines three separate points of view that will come together later in the book. There is also a supernatural element to this book as is Ms.Tudor’s signature style. It is relevant to the story and enhances the “thriller tension” that I love to feel!!Gabe is a troubled, tired soul. Ever since his wife and daughter were murdered years ago he has spent his time in a camper/van driving up and down the motorways. On the day of the incident he is sure that he saw his daughter in another person’s car driving close to him as he is heading home, but he loses sight of the car. He never believes that his daughter is dead and is convinced that someone took her even though her body is identified in the morgue by his father in law. Fran is on the run from someone or something that we have no knowledge of. She and her daughter Alice have spent years moving from one place to another. When Alice questions this Fran’s answer is always that she is trying to keep Alice safe from “a bad man”. Alice suffers from what she calls “falls” where she will fall asleep for a period of time but she doesn’t remember anything that she “saw” while in this state, but she is always left with a pebble . . . . .Katie is a single mother working at an all night service station, she works these hours so that her sister Lou can babysit for her two children. She has met Gabe, whom she calls “the thin man” because he looks tired, sad and lonely. She never talks with him except to take his order, etc. but she does watch for him because she is curious as to what it would take to make a man spend his nights driving back and forth along the same stretches of roads.To make things even more tense and atmospheric we learn about “The Others”, those who believe that justice should be delivered in the “eye for an eye” manner. Gabe will become obsessed with trying to find out who these people are and what they have to do with his wife’s death.Everyone seems to have a secret “Secrets, he thought. It’s not the big lies but the small ones, the half-truths--those are the ones that mount up, one on top of another, like a giant, stinking fatberg of deception”.I hope I have given you enough of an enticement to give this book a try, it’s a great thriller with well developed characters and prose that flows from present to past seamlessly.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.“The Other People:a novel” is set to publish on February 20, 2020.
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    C.J. Tudor has redeemed herself with me. I know she was worried about the state of our relationship so I thought it important to start off with that statement. We cool, C.J. Compelling and propelling are the most legit words to describe this book. This is a bleak story full of characters that are all enduring a life filled with the worst of pains, the loss of a loved one. "Missing is different to being dead. In a way, it’s worse. Death offers finality. Death gives you permission to grieve. To C.J. Tudor has redeemed herself with me. I know she was worried about the state of our relationship so I thought it important to start off with that statement. We cool, C.J. ✌☆Compelling and propelling are the most legit words to describe this book. ☆This is a bleak story full of characters that are all enduring a life filled with the worst of pains, the loss of a loved one. ☆"Missing is different to being dead. In a way, it’s worse. Death offers finality. Death gives you permission to grieve. To hold memorials, to light candles and lay flowers. To let go. Missing is limbo. You’re stranded; in a strange, bleak place where hope glimmers faintly at the horizon and misery and despair circle like vultures."☆The star of this book is Tudor's writing. This is one of those stories that you have to fight with yourself to stay on task because your eyes keep trying to roam ahead to see what's going to happen at the end of the scene. I wasn't always successful on this front. ☆I COULD NOT READ IT FAST ENOUGH.☆I HAD to know the answer to the mystery. Tudor doesn't waste a word so I couldn't even skim! Aaaarrrrgghhh! ☆Two things kept this from being a 5 star review for me.First, it ended with too many ambiguous and unanswered questions. I still haven't completely wrapped my head around the chain of events. Second, the epilogue. So predictable. After such gripping drama, I expected more. It was a real letdown for me.☆"We’re all capable of good and bad. Very few of us show our real faces to the world. For fear that the world might stare back and scream."Ain't that the truth...** Thank you Kathleen at Random House for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
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  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • JanB
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsTold from three points of view, this is a multi-layered plot that will have you flipping the pages to find out what happens next. Gabe’s wife, Jenny, and their young daughter, Izzy, were murdered in their home three years ago but Gabe is convinced that Izzy is still alive after he sees her in the back of a car. Despite no one believing him, and a father-in-law who identified the bodies of his wife and daughter, he has devoted his life to searching for her. The second POV is a woman and 3.5 starsTold from three points of view, this is a multi-layered plot that will have you flipping the pages to find out what happens next. Gabe’s wife, Jenny, and their young daughter, Izzy, were murdered in their home three years ago but Gabe is convinced that Izzy is still alive after he sees her in the back of a car. Despite no one believing him, and a father-in-law who identified the bodies of his wife and daughter, he has devoted his life to searching for her. The second POV is a woman and her daughter who are on the run from an unnamed threat. And finally, we have the waitress who often waits on Gabe at the restaurant where she works. All three characters are dealing with grief and loss. Their stories will come together and intersect in surprising ways. I won’t ruin the fun for readers by giving away any more of the plot. It's best discovered on your own. Readers who enjoy complicated plots, a fair bit of coincidence, and who don’t have a problem with suspending disbelief will find much to enjoy. Be aware there are some supernatural elements, but it was a minor element. This was a buddy read with Marialyce and one we both enjoyed. We both agree that C.J. Tudor writes very well and the different plot lines came together quite nicely. · Many thanks to the publisher for a digital copy of the book for review* For our duo review of this book, and others, please visit https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsImagine seeing your young daughter, for a fleeting moment, in the window of another vehicle and wondering why she would be there. You question yourself, you wonder why, you give chase only to lose the car in which you think she is in .....and then you receive a phone call that will alter your life. For Gabe this is his reality and when it is found that his wife and child have been brutally murdered, what he thought he saw can not be. Gabe becomes a suspect and yet time can not erase 4.5 starsImagine seeing your young daughter, for a fleeting moment, in the window of another vehicle and wondering why she would be there. You question yourself, you wonder why, you give chase only to lose the car in which you think she is in .....and then you receive a phone call that will alter your life. For Gabe this is his reality and when it is found that his wife and child have been brutally murdered, what he thought he saw can not be. Gabe becomes a suspect and yet time can not erase what he thinks he saw and his heart and mind will not let him forget. To Gabe, his daughter is out there but all signs point to the fact that she is gone forever. Even her grandfather, a retired doctor, called to identify his daughter and granddaughter find that both are gone. And yet Gabe knows or at least thinks he knows and three years later he is still on the hunt for a daughter he just won't forget.As Gabe travels the roads and byways in his eternal search, he meets Katie, a waitress in a service station. She too, has lost a loved one as her father was murdered. Gabe, who she refers to as the thin man, strike up a tenuous relationship and as the story continues Katie's life as well as her sister, Fran, and her mysterious daughter, becomes woven into a tale so clever and insidious that it's difficult to put this book aside as you become witness to a tale of cunning, deceit, and of course huge surprises along the way.C. J. Tudor has once again captured my imagination and created a brilliant story filled with intricate details that are woven together flawlessly. It is a tale that will have you addicted from page one. If you are a lover of a story that thrills you on every twist and turn of the plot, then this is one not to miss. Thank you to C.J. Tudor who again gave me a sleepless night burning that midnight oil, Penguin Books, and NetGalley for providing an advanced copy of this engrossing read.Thank you also to Holly B, a wonderful book friend, who forwarded her copy of this story to me.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to Random House, Ballantine books, and the Author C.J. Tudor.I loved everything about this book. When I first read this author a few years ago, I didn't care for her book at all. I have it 2 stars, but kept her in my radar. I had the feeling that once she stopped being an obvious fan of a well known author, that maybe she would write something good? Second book came out, it was a generous 3 stars. Still, I had to stick around. Sometimes it's worth waiting for a new author to emerge. My thanks to Random House, Ballantine books, and the Author C.J. Tudor.I loved everything about this book. When I first read this author a few years ago, I didn't care for her book at all. I have it 2 stars, but kept her in my radar. I had the feeling that once she stopped being an obvious fan of a well known author, that maybe she would write something good? Second book came out, it was a generous 3 stars. Still, I had to stick around. Sometimes it's worth waiting for a new author to emerge. I'm happy as a pig 🐖 rolling in mud! Ms. Tudor pulled this story off!50% in and a few things started coming together. This book was a heartbreaker. Also, a nailbiter. This story didn't remind me of anyone else's writing, and if this is pure Tudor? Then sign me up! This is just one of those books that I believe should be read with no spoilers. A bit supernatural, but a definite thriller.Good stuff.😉
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  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    January 1, 1970
    Hands down Tutor's best book in my opinion! An absolute thrill ride that kept my mind in high gear for the entire read. There were no moments of slow burn in this book for me. The "dark web" we have all heard of it, but what really is out there on the dark web? Is there a group of people that have decided that payback is a bitch?! You do me wrong, you are going to get what is coming to you? Wow I was enthralled with this whole thing. I would prefer not to know the answer to that question...No Hands down Tutor's best book in my opinion! An absolute thrill ride that kept my mind in high gear for the entire read. There were no moments of slow burn in this book for me. The "dark web" we have all heard of it, but what really is out there on the dark web? Is there a group of people that have decided that payback is a bitch?! You do me wrong, you are going to get what is coming to you? Wow I was enthralled with this whole thing. I would prefer not to know the answer to that question...No thanks, I am good....... C.J. Tudor your google history must be crazzzzyyy! LOL. This was such a carefully created plot that it truly kept me in the dark (in a fantastic way) the entire book. It is not often that you can say you truly did not know what direction this was taking. Heck half the time I really wasn't sure each character was really who I thought they were. Imagine the terror you would feel being stuck in traffic, behind a crappy car...you are bored and studying the numerous crazy bumper stickers on the car..then you see her...is that your daughter? No it couldn't be her in the rear window of a strangers car...yet it is..she mouths "daddy". I mean wow that is just the beginning of the shocking and crazy things going on. I kept wondering...hmmm what did Gabe do to bring this on? Are "The Other People" checking Gabe off their list? Revenge is sweet?I can't recommend this book enough! I must admit I have read this author's last two books and I liked them but I wasn't jumping up and down yelling I LOVE THIS BOOK...Yet.......I am with this one...5 stars from start to finish!
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  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
    January 1, 1970
    The title fits!!!!!It was perfectly dark and creepy...a bit wild... with great characterizations and storytelling. “The Other People”, claim to offer justice to those who have lost loved ones. They have many talents. Many many talents!!!!“People say hate and bitterness will destroy you. They’re wrong. It’s hope. Hope will devour you from the inside like a parasite”. “Love and forgiveness might keep you warm, but hatred would power your rocket all the way to the moon”. Until....it burns itself The title fits!!!!!It was perfectly dark and creepy...a bit wild... with great characterizations and storytelling. “The Other People”, claim to offer justice to those who have lost loved ones. They have many talents. Many many talents!!!!“People say hate and bitterness will destroy you. They’re wrong. It’s hope. Hope will devour you from the inside like a parasite”. “Love and forgiveness might keep you warm, but hatred would power your rocket all the way to the moon”. Until....it burns itself out! The unfolding of events...harrowing and endlessly hopeful—is subtly brilliant with a transportive spell of a pitch-perfect-narrative voice. “The Other People”, exposed an ethical dilemma...and an opportunity for empathy, that left a lasting impression on me....with a freaking cool ending.
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    Monday, April 11th, 2016 on the M1 NorthHe 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 Monday, April 11th, 2016 on the M1 NorthHe 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. 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!!” (which used to be called a “plot hole” which is why you cannot see it coming!) This is a cleverly thought out story, which all ties together. It’s complexity separates CJ Tudor from a lot of “the other authors “ finding success.PART mystery/suspense and PART supernatural and horror, I was captivated throughout and continually revising my guesses! I loved it! ❤️Available on January 28, 2020! Thank you to Netgalley, Random House-Ballantine Books and CJ Tudor for allowing me to read a digital ARC in exchange for a candid review!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Gabe's life is destroyed when one night, while traveling home from work, he witnesses his daughter in the back of a beat up van mouthing "Daddy" to him. After a short pursuit he loses the vehicle and immediately calls home. Imagine his surprise when a police detective answers and demands he return home immediately. Upon arrival he is informed that his wife and daughter were murdered in a robbery. How can that be possible? He just saw Izzy in the back of that van. When it comes time to identify Gabe's life is destroyed when one night, while traveling home from work, he witnesses his daughter in the back of a beat up van mouthing "Daddy" to him. After a short pursuit he loses the vehicle and immediately calls home. Imagine his surprise when a police detective answers and demands he return home immediately. Upon arrival he is informed that his wife and daughter were murdered in a robbery. How can that be possible? He just saw Izzy in the back of that van. When it comes time to identify the bodies Gabe becomes ill and passes out so his father-in-law insists on making the identification and he swears it is his daughter and granddaughter in that morgue. Gabe still reeling from his loss doesn't believe his father-in-law but he can't understand why he would lie either. He insists to anyone that will listen to him that his daughter is alive but, sadly, no one believes the bereaved widow. For the three years that follow he travels the roadsides in the hope of spotting the van that got away. And I will leave it at that in fear of spoiling any details for anyone. C.J. Tudor is such an excellent writer and I am happy to say that I enjoyed this much more than her previous book The Hiding Place. I thoroughly enjoyed this book all the way up until the last 30 pages or so. I found the ending to be the most disappointing aspect of this book. I'm still not sure I understand everything that happened and the epilogue was disappointing for me. This is a worthwhile read and it is sure to be a big hit even if I was disappointed with the conclusion and some of the "unbelievable" aspects of this book. 3.5 stars!Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Julie (JuJu)
    January 1, 1970
    Who doesn’t love reading bumper stickers when you’re stuck in traffic?”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. All he could do was sit, fighting the urge to press his foot on the accelerator and Who doesn’t love reading bumper stickers when you’re stuck in traffic?”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. All he could do was sit, fighting the urge to press his foot on the accelerator and barge the rest of the traffic out of the way, tapping his fingers aggressively on the steering wheel, staring at bloody Sticker Man in front.”The premise of “The Other People” could resemble “The Chain”...if you take “The Chain”, add a large extra shot of darkness and a slight twist of horror and paranormal...and leave out the dash of romance! “Vigilante justice. Quid pro quo. An eye for an eye—” Tudor became an instant favorite after I read “The Hiding Place”. Her execution of paranormal elements to her thrillers makes them the perfect combo of mysterious, dark and eerie!Although I admit, I was offended by this statement in the book. Eight-tracks and Cassettes are old...not CD’s! 😂 Right? “Yep, her car was so old it still had a CD player and she was so old she still had CDs.” The complex plot and long list of characters were a bit overwhelming at first, but eventually meshed into a tangled web of OMG and WTH???This was another hit with me! I will never look at mirrors the same way again. Parts of the story were so convincing, it was scary. Other parts were just scary! But the entire story was mesmerizing and unputdownable. The UK has the better book cover. It’s simple, but so eye catching...especially the creepy little stick people! Thank you to NetGalley, Ballantine Books and C.J. Tudor for this digital ARC, in exchange for my honest review!My Rating: 5 Mysterious, Eerie and Dark ⭐️’sPublished: January 28th 2020 by Ballantine BooksPages: 288Recommended: YES! If you enjoy dark thrillers with a touch of horror and paranormal. #TheOtherPeople #NetGalley #MustRead #BestThriller2019You can find this amazing author at:Facebook.com/CJTudorOfficialTwitter: @cjtudorMy review can be found on: Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest and BookBub.It will be added to Amazon and BN.com when published.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Another engrossing read from C. J. Tudor! THE OTHER PEOPLE. Talking to them can be deadly. Terrible things happen as Gabe well knows. He has a BIG secret that's been hidden for many years, even from wife Jenny, and the lies to keep her from knowing has greatly strained their marriage. But now exposure seems imminent as tragedy has again entered his life. Gabe will never stop searching..ever..for his little girl....even after they say she is dead....even after the burial. THE OTHER PEOPLE is an Another engrossing read from C. J. Tudor! THE OTHER PEOPLE. Talking to them can be deadly. Terrible things happen as Gabe well knows. He has a BIG secret that's been hidden for many years, even from wife Jenny, and the lies to keep her from knowing has greatly strained their marriage. But now exposure seems imminent as tragedy has again entered his life. Gabe will never stop searching..ever..for his little girl....even after they say she is dead....even after the burial. THE OTHER PEOPLE is an intriguing multi-layered story with a mysterious Samaritan, a bit of magic, and one flat out absorbing mystery where...... "You've always got to act like somebody is watching."Many thanks Penguin Random House for offering an advanced paper copy!
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    Monday, April 11th, 2016 on the M1 NorthHe 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 Monday, April 11th, 2016 on the M1 NorthHe 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. 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!!” (which used to be called a “plot hole” which is why 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! ❤️Available on January 28, 2020! Thank you to Netgalley, Random House-Ballantine Books and CJ Tudor for allowing me to read a digital ARC in exchange for a candid review!
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    I first came across this author when I was fascinated about the description of her first novel 'The Chalk Man', I loved it and have since enjoyed 'The Hiding Place' which was probably even better and enjoyed 'The Taking of Annie Thorne', so I was always going to read this new book.This book is about three stories that you just know are going to become one. Gabe's wife and daughter were murdered three years ago and he now spends his time living in a camper van travelling along the motorway hoping I first came across this author when I was fascinated about the description of her first novel 'The Chalk Man', I loved it and have since enjoyed 'The Hiding Place' which was probably even better and enjoyed 'The Taking of Annie Thorne', so I was always going to read this new book.This book is about three stories that you just know are going to become one. Gabe's wife and daughter were murdered three years ago and he now spends his time living in a camper van travelling along the motorway hoping to find his daughter. On the day of her murder he is convinced that he saw her in another car as he was travelling home. Against all the evidence he is convinced that she is still alive and the dead body identified by his father in law is another girl.The second story is from Katie's point of view, she is a single mother who works at a service station frequented by Gabe. She is aware of Gabe and wonders what is story is because of his sad demeanour but doesn't speak to him. The third point of view is from Fran, who is scared and running away with her young daughter Alice from something or someone. Fran knows the truth about Gabe's daughter and who is responsible but is afraid that they will catch her and Alice.This is another excellent read that I ended up finishing in one sitting such was the desire to know the truth. Great characters and a well thought out plot that is expertly paced for maximum enjoyment.CJ Tudor is really making a name for herself among thriller writers.I would like to thank both Net Galley and Penguin UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    Gabe’s 5 year old daughter Izzy was murdered 3 years ago, but Gabe is convinced that he saw her being driven away and that she is still alive. He has been searching for her with the help of a mysterious man known as the Samaritan. Their search leads them to the Other People. The book wasn’t suspenseful but the plot held my interest and I liked the slow revelation of the links between characters and events. Even at the end new twists were appearing. However, there was a continuing theme involving Gabe’s 5 year old daughter Izzy was murdered 3 years ago, but Gabe is convinced that he saw her being driven away and that she is still alive. He has been searching for her with the help of a mysterious man known as the Samaritan. Their search leads them to the Other People. The book wasn’t suspenseful but the plot held my interest and I liked the slow revelation of the links between characters and events. Even at the end new twists were appearing. However, there was a continuing theme involving pebbles and the ocean that I found to be a pointless tease with no payoff. Frankly, it felt like it belonged in another book. I’m in the minority in disliking the author’s fondness for supernatural nonsense. I didn’t like it in “The Hiding Place” either, nevertheless I will continue to read this author’s books because the good features are very good indeed. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)
    January 1, 1970
    WOW I NEED THIS PLEASE.
  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Holy smokes what the heck did I just read?My word, give me a second to seriously compose myself....This is one heck of a paranormal, psychological, fictional work that will mess you up and gently place you back down novel!You go into this with a blank slate thinking poor Gabe lost his daughter Izzy but folks don't jump so quick as we have so much more to offer in this heart pounding sizzler by the great CJ Tudor.First I recommend getting comfy. Don't go by any windows or bathrooms. Check your Holy smokes what the heck did I just read?My word, give me a second to seriously compose myself....This is one heck of a paranormal, psychological, fictional work that will mess you up and gently place you back down novel!You go into this with a blank slate thinking poor Gabe lost his daughter Izzy but folks don't jump so quick as we have so much more to offer in this heart pounding sizzler by the great CJ Tudor.First I recommend getting comfy. Don't go by any windows or bathrooms. Check your back and surroundings as darkness is the worst. Seriously don't go buy the road. We have a chilling prologue here with plenty of spook~tacular magic and splendid detail. A perfect set up to the twist and turns that soon follow as this amazing new read starts off in superb fashion with this explosive revelation:"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."Ok, now hold on because it's nothing like what you might think.Seriously we have plenty of characters to entertain your thoughts including 3 central figures.First up to the plate is our main guy, Gabe, who is seriously in need of some love after learning his daughter and wife were both murdered years prior yet refuses to believe they are both dead. Fran is one heck of a lively vision whose on the run with a child. Lastly but not least, Kate who seems innocent enough as a waitress at a local service station that Gabe often visits.Now it seems all good right? No no spoilers here! But hold on...This will have you locked in and ready with the hair standing on edge so be prepared as this is one wild ride for thriller fans everywhere.It has a paranormal, dark, dangerously spooky feel as we transverse in and out of the settings with ease. This has past and present narratives so stay focused because it's this mind blowing suspense that will leave you shaking in your boots or socks as was my case.I know CJ doesn't like to brag but this one was worth the wait....it's so captivating, so inviting, so commanding your attention on every level that you won't put it down.It was ironic how I was introduced to this gem. The publicist reminded me of it's urgent availability on NetGalley. Yes, URGENT! I RAN over and REQUESTED a copy even though I had over 57 other books on my TBR pile (enter procrastinator here.) You don't simply read a CJ Tudor book. Hell NO! You make the darn time and clear your darn schedule! NO EXCUSES!!With my crazy world I needed some reprieve having just returned from an interview for a 'content editor' with major marketing company. So pray for me please so I can leave poverty behind. Thanks!I digress..I was seeking an outlet with a truly compelling read and boy did I find it with,"The Other People."I can't explain in eloquent words just how riveting and jaw dropping this was and that's saying plenty from a gal whose never at a loss for words.This was pure perfection that left me scratching my head thinking how on Earth was I blown away in a car waiting for my son to exit out of college for his night classes without every moving from that spot.It was a gem to read and a diamond in the rough to review!Thank you to CJ Tudor for blessing me with this beauty, the publicist, the publisher, and everyone who had me put everything else aside and get lost in this fictional piece.Wow!!! What a ride!!
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  • Stephen Robert Collins
    January 1, 1970
    I know this is not out till 2020 but I have just finished Annie so put this my currant list so don't worry about forgetting it in December to carry over.
  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    January 1, 1970
    Now, THAT is how you write a good suspense novel -CJ Tudor is awesome!This is her best book yet, she masterfully manuevers between points of view and keeps us guessing the whole way to the finish, while making you really care about each character. I felt as if I actually was Katie, the waitress and I felt Gabe's pain and turmoil and determination so much it hurt.- And I won't say anything more about it, but I LOVE the ending!!
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    “We live our lives in a state of denial. A blinkered belief that we are different, special. Protected by a mystical force field that deflects all the bad stuff. Terrible things happen, of course, but they happen to other people; the ones you read about in newspapers.”Gabe was a husband and father, till the horrors came. Now, his life in pieces, he spends his time driving up and down the motorway searching for his lost daughter, a girl everyone believes to be dead. His path occasionally crosses “We live our lives in a state of denial. A blinkered belief that we are different, special. Protected by a mystical force field that deflects all the bad stuff. Terrible things happen, of course, but they happen to other people; the ones you read about in newspapers.”Gabe was a husband and father, till the horrors came. Now, his life in pieces, he spends his time driving up and down the motorway searching for his lost daughter, a girl everyone believes to be dead. His path occasionally crosses with those of others: service station waitress Katie, and a mysterious stranger known only as the Samaritan. Elsewhere, a pale girl sleeps in a white room...The Other People is a darkly gripping read with a complex and original plot. The supernatural/horror elements are perhaps a little less prominent than in Tudor’s previous work - though there are horrors aplenty and a generally sinister feel, particularly regarding the eponymous Other People. I’m not sure I entirely understood the psychic connection between two of the characters - but perhaps I don’t need to. A genuinely compelling and memorable story.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    A father is desperately seeking his daughter whom everyone believes to be dead. This is a clever premise but at the onset something occurred to me that should have occurred to this distraught and determined dad. It didn’t. I shrugged my shoulders with an “Oh well” and continued to read. It is a fast paced novel but you really have to believe the unbelievable. I can deal with a little serendipity now and then. When my initial question was answered it wasn’t answered by the father which I found to A father is desperately seeking his daughter whom everyone believes to be dead. This is a clever premise but at the onset something occurred to me that should have occurred to this distraught and determined dad. It didn’t. I shrugged my shoulders with an “Oh well” and continued to read. It is a fast paced novel but you really have to believe the unbelievable. I can deal with a little serendipity now and then. When my initial question was answered it wasn’t answered by the father which I found to be an odd thing. This is much better than her last novel and I didn’t mind the supernatural bit all that much. I’ve just talked myself into changing my rating from a 3 to a 3.5 rounded up.
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  • Melisa
    January 1, 1970
    CJ Tudor is at it again with another twisted thriller!This author can spin a sentence like no other - I had so many passages highlighted, just because I enjoyed the wording. The story is unlike one I’ve read before - definitely unique in concept - however, I was left with several unanswered questions. Perhaps this is my fault for liking my thrillers tied up neatly at the end, but this open ended-ness makes me want to sit down with the author and a cup of coffee and chat about this book. CJ Tudor is at it again with another twisted thriller!This author can spin a sentence like no other - I had so many passages highlighted, just because I enjoyed the wording. The story is unlike one I’ve read before - definitely unique in concept - however, I was left with several unanswered questions. Perhaps this is my fault for liking my thrillers tied up neatly at the end, but this open ended-ness makes me want to sit down with the author and a cup of coffee and chat about this book. Definitely an interesting read - I recommend!ARC provided by publisher.
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