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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Other People

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    To celebrate the amazing Celtic harvest feast All Hallows 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. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    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 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    *4.5 stars * Very dark, very creepy, but completely gripping - you wont 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. Its his daughter Izzys face! But it cant be, shes 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 wont allow him *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 *

  4. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    Fates 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 didnt know where this book was going to take me. It has some similarities to The Chain, but I “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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dorie - Cats&Books :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE*** 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.Tudors ***NOW AVAILABLE*** 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    OMG! I am CRAZY IN LOVE with this book. 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, OMG! I am CRAZY IN LOVE with this book. 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. I am left speechless. I can't give this book the justice that this book deserves. I loved to the max. It was my everything. It had everything that I love in a thriller. It was dark and creepy. If you love creepy, then I think you will be crazy in love with this book too. It also has a supernatural vibe to it. I love this author and I have loved d all of her books. I loved this one the best. Her books get better and better. She cracked this one out of the ball park. This book was so bizarre. It's horrifying and so clever. It made my heart pound and I could not put this book down. Also it's full of twists and turns with characters that are so well developed. I am jumping up and down with excitement on how much I am crazy in love with this book. This one is one of my favorites for this year. This one is a must read for thriller fans. I want to thank Random House Publishing Company and Netgalley for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    "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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    marilyn

    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. 

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    5 Ive Never Read Anything Like It Stars. Bravo C.J. Tudor! Bravo! The Other People is a Psychological Suspense unlike any other (and given how many there are out there, THAT my friends is saying something!) It is also a departure from C.J. Tudors other novels, which I totally appreciate and is frankly, her best to date. One night when returning home, Gabe swears that he just passed his daughter in a strange car as she is being kidnapped. Immediately thereafter, he receives a phone call informing 5 “I’ve Never Read Anything Like It” Stars. Bravo C.J. Tudor! Bravo! “The Other People” is a Psychological Suspense unlike any other (and given how many there are out there, THAT my friends is saying something!) It is also a departure from C.J. Tudor’s other novels, which I totally appreciate and is frankly, her best to date. One night when returning home, Gabe swears that he just passed his daughter in a strange car as she is being kidnapped. Immediately thereafter, he receives a phone call informing him that his wife and daughter have been murdered in their home. Unable to believe it, he searches for his daughter, night after night for 3 years, roaming and looking for answers. Then he finds the car, and three words: “The Other People.” Creepy, dark and eerie, this novel will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and could very well make you afraid of mirrors and pebbles too. (Don’t ask, I won’t tell.) Admittedly, this novel made me wonder and made my mind wander as I imagined myself there...searching with Gabe and Katie, (the waitress at the all night diner who befriended Gabe), encountering twists and turns I have never seen before, scared, hopeful and full of angst for what might lie ahead. I was completely immersed in the characters' lives, especially that of Gabe, Katie, Fran and Alice and was scared out of my wits for each of them, pulse pounding, heart caught in throat, chest tight. That kind of suspense kept me up until after 1 a.m., desperate to finish this novel before work the next day. When I finally read the last sentence, I sighed and thought to myself, “Now, that is how you do it!” A huge thank you goes out to Kathleen Quinlan at Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine (for the galley and the e-arc), NetGalley, and C.J. Tudor. It’s rare when you read a book that surprises you on all levels. Well done Ms. Tudor! Published on Goodreads on 12.25.19.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    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!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    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, its 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. **

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    The chapters are short and writing style is absorbing. It's a quick and easy read (under 300 pages). The chapters alternate between 3 characters, and are woven together towards the end as the mystery unravels. I found myself suspending belief shortly into the story. But towards the middle and afterwards, I found so much unrealistic. I don't mind suspending belief to help carry a story here or there, but the main story itself seemed too over the top. The reality was not there. There is a small The chapters are short and writing style is absorbing. It's a quick and easy read (under 300 pages). The chapters alternate between 3 characters, and are woven together towards the end as the mystery unravels. I found myself suspending belief shortly into the story. But towards the middle and afterwards, I found so much unrealistic. I don't mind suspending belief to help carry a story here or there, but the main story itself seemed too over the top. The reality was not there. There is a small paranormal aspect that did not fit in well with the rest, and I did not understand what it had to do with the movement of the story or the finality of the plot. 3 stars because I liked it okay. It was a good-ish read. It's nothing that had me thinking about it after I was done, no big jaw-dropping moments, and probably nothing I will recommend as an omg you will not believe this thriller. It was fast paced, but not thrilling for me. It's a good read for vacation or by the pool. Thank you to Random House-Ballantine and NetGalley for an advanced copy. Opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Indebted The Other People is an exceptional psychological thriller with a dark and menacing mood that draws on a creepy supernatural feel. The writing is crazy good in instilling a chilling atmosphere, with voices and the finger of a paranormal threat to remind us that noone is safe. On his way home driving along the M1 motorway in England, Gabe believes he sees his daughter Izzy looking out the rear window of a very distinct rusty old car, covered with bumper stickers. Traumatically he reads her Indebted The Other People is an exceptional psychological thriller with a dark and menacing mood that draws on a creepy supernatural feel. The writing is crazy good in instilling a chilling atmosphere, with voices and the finger of a paranormal threat to remind us that no–one is safe. On his way home driving along the M1 motorway in England, Gabe believes he sees his daughter Izzy looking out the rear window of a very distinct rusty old car, covered with bumper stickers. Traumatically he reads her lips as she calls out ‘Daddy’ and then he loses the car in traffic. He then learns that his wife and child have been murdered in their home but it can’t be Izzy because he saw her in a car. No one believes him and he is questioned as a murder suspect. Gabe is so distraught that he becomes ill and collapses, and his father-in-law identifies the bodies, as his wife and daughter. Gabe has withdrawn from the world he once knew, his appearance is dishevelled and he’s noticeably thin. He now lives in a VW Camper Van and travels up and down the motorways of Great Britain stopping at the service stations handing out posters asking if anyone has seen his daughter or has any information. He does mildly interact with a waitress at a service station called Katie and a man only known to him as the Samaritan. “ ‘Some people call me the Samaritan.’ But sometimes, Gabe wondered what others called him.” Meanwhile, Fran and her daughter Alice are constantly on the run moving from place to place with a knowledge that they are being hunted, by dangerous people and a paranormal foreboding. The fear of their hunters and Alice's dreams are brilliantly portrayed for a manic existence, always on the run. Alice avoids mirrors because she’s not always sure who is looking back. Fran calls on her estranged sister, Katie, for help and the secrets and deceptions escalate. A third thread drifts like an ethereal tale about a pale girl in a white room. She sleeps. Miriam has devoted herself to looking after the girl in the coma even with the unexplained incidents that often happen and traces of sand are found on her bed. Clues eventually start to be revealed for Gabe and he uncovers a message that states The Other People. Further digging suggests they can be found on the dark web and now the sinister elements start to gather. Each thread holds suspense and fear while the story unwinds, and it becomes a difficult decision to set the book down. As the story elements start to weave together the narrative becomes more and more compelling. The characters are full of light and shade and play their role as the story speeds towards its end. It’s difficult to say too much about the plot or characters as that is part of the pleasure of reading this book, to discover for yourself. Just remember that there is always a price to be paid for a favour or request - ‘an eye for an eye’. Utterly compelling, dark, scary and hugely entertaining. I would highly recommend this book and this author, and I would like to thank Ballantine Books, Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC copy of the book in return for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    CJ Tudor can be relied upon for disturbing, creepy, unsettling psychological thrillers with a hint of the supernatural. She excels herself with her latest offering, a novel of family, grief, loss, hope, and secrets, where there are those who seek an old testament justice, an eye for an eye, losing sight of the fact that this will make them blind. Gabe Forman is travelling home to his wife, Jenny and his young daughter, Izzy, in Nottinghamshire, running late as he drives on the motorway, . In CJ Tudor can be relied upon for disturbing, creepy, unsettling psychological thrillers with a hint of the supernatural. She excels herself with her latest offering, a novel of family, grief, loss, hope, and secrets, where there are those who seek an old testament justice, an eye for an eye, losing sight of the fact that this will make them blind. Gabe Forman is travelling home to his wife, Jenny and his young daughter, Izzy, in Nottinghamshire, running late as he drives on the motorway, . In front of him is a rust bucket of a car, covered in bumper stickers, when to his horror he glimpses Izzy in the back of it, he knows it's her as he tries to follow the car but cannot keep up with it. He phones home, only to speak to a DI Maddock, to learn the shocking truth that Jenny and Izzy have been murdered. Gabe's life falls apart, he is even a suspect, but is eventually cleared although he is ferociously condemned by a media that suggests he deserved the horror and tragedy that befell him. Three years on, Gabe is a diminished shadow of the man he used to be, haunted by Izzy, he walked away from his entire life, shedding both job and home, now living in a camper van. He is convinced Izzy is still alive as he drives relentlessly up and down the motorway, hoping to find that car, handing out flyers on Izzy, stopping at service stations where he has become a familiar and pitied sight. Hardworking single mom, Katie works as a waitress, becomes familiar with the regular appearance of Gabe, sympathising with his unbearable grief, her family suffered the shattering loss of her father nine years ago. Fran and her daughter, Alice, are on the run from a 'bad' man. Alice suffers from the worrying condition of narcolepsy, she can fall asleep anywhere, coming awake with the strange presence of a pebble in her hand that she adds to her growing collection in her rucksack. Miriam has given up her life to nurse and provide company for a young girl in a vegetative state in a white room. All these threads come to connect in a riveting narrative that reveals that on the dark web is a website of The Other People, where the bereaved can seek a very specific kind of help. Tudor writes eloquently of the repercussions of grief and where it can lead, along with a murderous resentment that triggers such a horrifying tragedy. Gabe makes a terrific central protagonist with his secrets, aware that it is hope that is slowly and surely destroying him as he lives an itinerant lifestyle of despairing loneliness, his spirits dipping so low that he had to be saved by The Samaritan. This is a brilliant and compulsive read, one in which the twists, reveals and connections are skilfully managed to raise maximum levels of suspense and tension. Highly recommended to crime and psychological thriller fans. Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!

    Holy Shooty Balls!!! Creepy, riveting, and an irresistible page-turner! Happy Pub Day!! Ive been so fortunate to have read some really great books lately. Ive been quite selective in choosing my books and if it isnt grabbing my attention right away, Im moving on. Im so excited to say that this book immediately grabbed my attention and gets my Holy Shooty Balls stamp of approval! I absolutely loved everything about it! THE OTHER PEOPLE by C. J. TUDOR is one outstanding, gripping, thrilling, dark, Holy Shooty Balls!!! Creepy, riveting, and an irresistible page-turner! Happy Pub Day!! I’ve been so fortunate to have read some really great books lately. I’ve been quite selective in choosing my books and if it isn’t grabbing my attention right away, I’m moving on. I’m so excited to say that this book immediately grabbed my attention and gets my “Holy Shooty Balls” stamp of approval! I absolutely loved everything about it! THE OTHER PEOPLE by C. J. TUDOR is one outstanding, gripping, thrilling, dark, creepy, and engaging thriller that had me totally absorbed in this emotionally intricate storyline. I was fully immersed and totally intrigued with the mystery here right to the very end. I absolutely loved all the creepy, supernatural, and spooky vibes that emanated from the pages of this book. I was definitely intrigued and excited by it. C. J. TUDOR delivers an atmospheric, compelling, quick, and fabulously written story here that is full of intrigue, suspense, and great characterizations. The storyline is well-plotted, flowed seamlessly and had such a distinctive voice to it that was absolutely mesmerizing to read. It doesn’t happen often when I want to share my excitement over a book with my non-reading husband but this book he had to listen to a few passages that really stood out to me. I’m sure he didn’t get it but I had fun sharing with him. I also theorized with him too, he listened while I unraveled some of the plot points with him. Again I’m sure he didn’t get it but I did and that’s all that matters, right? 😜 I was definitely in the moment and one with this book. I’m so happy that this book helped me get my reading groove back! Norma’s Stats: Cover: A perfectly dark, obscure, fitting, and meaningful representation to storyline. I don’t think that the cover of this book would have initially grabbed my attention but it definitely did after reading it though. Title: Wowza! Intriguing, mysterious, impactful and a fabulous representation to storyline. Love this title and how it perfectly fit! Writing/Prose: Well-written, skilled, distinctive, suspenseful and engaging. Plot: Engrossing, suspenseful, ominous, thought-provoking, creepy, clever, riveting, interesting, fast-paced, and highly entertaining. Ending: I was totally elated and satisfied with that perfectly perfect ending! My armchair detective skills were working a little bit but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out or puzzle together the connections though. Overall: The storyline is full of unexpected twists and turns that was so cleverly plotted that totally sucked me right in. C. J. TUDOR does it again and has another winner here with THE OTHER PEOPLE!! Would highly recommend! Expected on sale date: January 28, 2020 Thank you so much to Kathleen at Random House for offering me an advanced physical copy of this absolutely fabulous book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beata

    A novel that be called unputdownable, dark, with some paranormal ingredients that serve their purpose and are not overdone. A story of a father, Gabe, who is unable to accept the death of his beloved daughter, and, in his opinion, he has some solid grounds to deny it. While travelling along a motorway in search of the car in which he saw Izzy, Gabe meets some people who turn out to have quite unexpected connections. I enjoyed the plot, the characters, and most importantly, the way the story A novel that be called unputdownable, dark, with some paranormal ingredients that serve their purpose and are not overdone. A story of a father, Gabe, who is unable to accept the death of his beloved daughter, and, in his opinion, he has some solid grounds to deny it. While travelling along a motorway in search of the car in which he saw Izzy, Gabe meets some people who turn out to have quite unexpected connections. I enjoyed the plot, the characters, and most importantly, the way the story unfolds, slowly yet steadily, with every chapter adding more information about the protagonists. There are several POVs, and readers are given slices of the mystery. The puzzle is complete at the very end, just the way it should be in a good thriller. The audiobook has two readers, Richard Armitage being the main one, and he does a splendid job. His interpretation is perfect, and his voice matches the character of Gabe. I bravely admit his voice made me more involved in the story. For me, this novel was a much better offering by C.J. Tudor than her Chalk Man.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    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.😉

  19. 4 out of 5

    *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    "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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Dawn

    I was loving this for the first 250 pages or so. It was fast paced, intriguing and I couldn't stop theorizing over what was happening. I never wanted to stop reading! Unfortunately in went downhill from there. The reveals were all kind of boring and predictable and at the same time it felt like it was too much. The ending felt rushed and way too perfect for my liking. And then the epilogue? Was that supposed to be shocking?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    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. Theyre wrong. Its 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 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    4 Dark, Creepy & Completely Gripping Stars for C.J. Tudor's The Other People! This was my second book by C.J. Tudor and I can safely say that I am a fan! I absolutely love her infusion of the supernatural/paranormal into her thrillers. It adds such a wonderful layer of suspense. In The Other People we meet Gabe, a man dangerously at the end of his rope. Ever since his wife and daughter were murdered he has spent his life driving the motorways. Convinced he saw his daughter in a car on the day 4 Dark, Creepy & Completely Gripping Stars for C.J. Tudor's The Other People! This was my second book by C.J. Tudor and I can safely say that I am a fan! I absolutely love her infusion of the supernatural/paranormal into her thrillers. It adds such a wonderful layer of suspense. In The Other People we meet Gabe, a man dangerously at the end of his rope. Ever since his wife and daughter were murdered he has spent his life driving the motorways. Convinced he saw his daughter in a car on the day of her murder, he refuses to accept his daughter is dead and continues to search for her. Fran is on the run with her daughter but never feels safe. Alice falls into troubling sleep trances. Never knowing when she will be pulled under she tries to avoid certain triggers - like mirrors. In mirrors, she sees a girl looking back at her that is not herself. When she wakes up she has little to no memory of what happened but she's always left with a pebble in her hand. How do they appear? How is it possible to grab something tangible from a dream? Katie is a single mother working at one of the service stations Gabe frequents. She saves his life after he's attacked one evening and finds herself immersed in his life when he mentions "The Other People". They dole out justice on their own terms. Gabe is determined to find out what they have to do with his wife’s death and his daughter's kidnapping. Just when you think you have this story figured out - another secret is revealed. Everyone has something to hide and something greater to lose. You will find yourself second guessing everything. This one kept me turning the pages well into the night. Thank you to C.J. Tudor, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and Netgalley for providing me with an arc of this book to review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    JanB

    3.5 stars Told from three points of view, this is a multi-layered plot that will have you flipping the pages to find out what happens next. Gabes 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 stars Told 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...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    NOW AVAILABLE!! Monday, April 11th, 2016 on the M1 North He 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, NOW AVAILABLE!! Monday, April 11th, 2016 on the M1 North He 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!❤️ 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!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce

    4.5 stars Imagine 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 stars Imagine 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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    DNF. I listened to about 3 hours of this audiobook and was honestly just super bored and don't feel the need to continue. Onto the next one!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    3.5 stars, rounded up In C. J. Tudors prior two books, she did a great job of combining a good mystery with a great creep factor. This book follows that format, although not as successfully. Gabe is a writer, whose heroes including Stephen King. So, maybe King is also a hero to Tudor. Because theres a similar feel here. The main characters of The Other People are those that live at the edges. Gabe spends the nights perusing the roads, looking for his missing daughter. Fran and Alice are on the 3.5 stars, rounded up In C. J. Tudor’s prior two books, she did a great job of combining a good mystery with a great creep factor. This book follows that format, although not as successfully. Gabe is a writer, whose heroes including Stephen King. So, maybe King is also a hero to Tudor. Because there’s a similar feel here. The main characters of The Other People are those that live at the edges. Gabe spends the nights perusing the roads, looking for his missing daughter. Fran and Alice are on the run. Katie is a nighttime waitress at a service station. One by one we are given clues, like breadcrumbs dropped along a path, discovering the connections between them I love Tudor’s writing. “People say that hate and bitterness will destroy you. They’re wrong. It’s hope. Hope will devour you from the inside like a parasite.” Or this “The time when the demons would emerge, slithering and sliding out of shadows, trailing mucous membranes of bitter bile and stinging misery and regret.” She just has a poetic way of writing that grabs me. The story here draws a little too heavily on coincidences. And I really didn’t care for the supernatural bit which was never really explained to my satisfaction. But if you overlook that, it’s engaging. It moves along at a good clip. Not my favorite of Tudor’s, but still good. My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    Monday, April 11th, 2016 on the M1 North He 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 Monday, April 11th, 2016 on the M1 North He 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 NOW! 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!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, CJ Tudor, Ballantine Books, and Random House Publishing for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. I enjoyed the first two books offered up by CJ Tudor and hoped that the same could be said for this third book. While it has received high praise on Goodreads from a variety of people whose views I hold in high regard, I could not find myself as drawn to this piece as I stumbled my way First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, CJ Tudor, Ballantine Books, and Random House Publishing for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. I enjoyed the first two books offered up by CJ Tudor and hoped that the same could be said for this third book. While it has received high praise on Goodreads from a variety of people whose views I hold in high regard, I could not find myself as drawn to this piece as I stumbled my way through it. While driving home from work one day, Gabe sees his daughter in the back of a vehicle. He cannot see the driver and has no idea what Izzy might be doing on there. When he calls home to check-in, he learns that his wife and daughter have been murdered. Holding true to what he saw, Gabe has spent the past three years trying to find Izzy and those who may have taken her. Kate is a waitress at one of the late-night diners that Gabe frequents while searching for his daughter. She seems to be living a quiet life, but there is something in her background that could raise some real issues. Fran and her daughter, Alice, are on the run and must steer clear of mirrors. All three of these storylines progress throughout the novel and yet they are inextricably intertwined. As Gabe learns about the ‘other people’ and their purpose, he begins to understand a little more about why he saw Izzy that night. There are additional revelations to come, allowing Gabe, Kate, and Fran to come together in the oddest manner, all part of the larger ‘other people’ plan. There are mysteries and plot twists piling up on top of one another here, which the reader may enjoy as the story gains momentum. Those who have an open mind to the supernatural and can fathom some of the reaches that Tudor tends to make will enjoy this one, though I found that it did not pull me in as much as I would have liked. While I tend to like stories that are grounded in reality—realism, I suppose, is a better word—I have always found CJ Tudor was able to mix it up a bit by peppering some great mystery into her pieces as well. Her previous two novels sent chills down my spine and left me wanting more, but this third standalone left me shrugging my shoulders as I prepare to duck from all the rotten tomatoes fellow reviewers are likely to lob in my direction. The premise was strong and the opening portion of the book had some potential, but I felt the momentum lagged in the middle and tried to find itself moving into the resolution portion of the book. With three loose—sometimes weak—storylines progressing throughout, the reader is left to wonder how it all fits tougher. Gabe has the most prominent storyline, though his search for a daughter he is sure is not dead ends up being a meandering rather than a passion-fuelled need to know by a father demanding answers. The introduction of the ‘other people’ had great potential as well, but I was left wanting more grit and added scare factor. Maybe I wanted too much, but, as a reader, I should be able to hold those authors I hold in high regard with such expectations. Tudor has not yet attained the abilities of her idol, Stephen King, but I will not give up on her anytime soon. We all have off days and perhaps it is I who is wrong here, based on the sentiments of many others! Kudos, Madam Tudor, for a great attempt. I may be the one who is off when it comes to this book, but I suppose you cannot please everyone all of the time. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

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