CJ Tudor: The Other People

This review is written with thanks to the publisher for my copy of The Other People via Netgalley.

Blurb:

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.

Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who 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 what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice . . .

Review:

In interviews, Tudor has said that the starting point for The Other People was the image of an old car with stickers on the side and a young girl in the back. This image was clearly very vivid for Tudor, as she managed to recreate it in great detail and use it as the starting point for a brilliant novel that had me captivated and intrigued from the very first page. Tudor’s writing is absolutely amazing and I love that she captures every thought and emotion so well that you feel like you are living amongst the characters in just a few words. She combines the horror and psychological thriller genres really well and the result is a very atmospheric novel.

There are three different strands to the plot of The Other People and at first it was difficult to see how each part of the plot was connected. However, the novel is incredibly well thought out and the complexity of the plot only adds to the interest it held for me. The concept is very imaginative and I enjoyed finding out how everything would play out.

There were times when. I was reading when I felt that I had everything worked out, but I was often proved wrong and I loved the twists and turns along the way. I loved the open ended nature of the epilogue and felt that the ending left me with lots to think about.

The Other People is available from Amazon.

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