‘The Other People’ by C.J. Tudor
Length: 327 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: January 28, 2020
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 traveling 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.
Then, the car that Gabe saw driving away that night is found, in a lake, with a body inside and Gabe is forced to confront events, not just from the night his daughter disappeared, but from far deeper in his past.
His search leads him to a group called The Other People.
If you have lost a loved one, The Other People want to help. Because they know what loss is like. They know what pain is like. They know what death is like.
There’s just one problem . . . they want other people to know it too.
I read ‘The Other People‘ as part of the Literally Dead Book Club‘s February selection. This is a book club that follows Thriller and Horror listings, so I was immediately drawn to the selection listed!
As I was reading The Other People, I loved how C.J. Tudor drew me in to the characters. Each person listed has some form of flaw in character. They’ve endured some form of horror in their lives, and want vengeance in some degree. Gabe is a man who wants revenge for the disappearance of his wife and daughter, yet he also has a dark past of his own. His connection with Fran and Alice (other central characters in the book) seems like random strangers fighting their personal struggles, yet as the layers are peeled back, Fran has a deep-seeded secret of her own.
I also loved finding out details of ‘The Other People’ as Gabe’s search for his lost daughter intensifies. Their presence within the dark web–and their backstory–adds a chilling factor to the tale. Gabe’s reluctance in delving into The Other People is overshadowed by his need to find his daughter Izzy, and the deeper he searches, the more shocking secrets he uncovers. The reveal towards the end of the story was a bit unexpected, but I appreciated the surprise!
The Other People was a fun read filled with chilling moments. If you like stories with a Black Mirror edge to it, then this would be the book for you!
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars