The Other People, CJ Tudor, 4 Stars

Well, somehow we’ve made it to the first review of 2020. Although it was a book I finished last year. Just this morning I finished The Winter Sister, which was a book of the month club pick like a year ago (I’m a bit behind.)

But to make up for being behind, I’m dedicating this entire weekend to holding down the coach to read copious amounts of books and watch several movies. We’ll see how successful I am.

I’ve seen a lot of people post about their favorite books of 2019. And I will try harder next year to keep up. There are just so many good books! But I also know there are also so very many mediocre books.

I’m happy to say, The Other People, was pretty good. Not a five-star book, but I’m not too generous with 4 stars. Here we go!

From the Publisher:

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.

My Review:

When we first meet Gabe, he is driving home from work and sees his little girl in the car in front of him. He starts to follow the car and then questions his sanity and calls home. The news is not good. Both his daughter and his little girl have been murdered in their home. Did he see a ghost?

Then fast forward a couple years. Gabe is a mess. Who wouldn’t be? But he’s the kind of mess that has just given up on life and is nomad because the only life he had was gone when he lost his family. Then we meet Fran, who is on the run with her little girl. Then we meet some random girl lying in a bed somewhere. And this is where I got confused.

But it’s strange because usually confusion is frustrating, but having read The Chalk Man, which really paid off, I was patient and gave it some time. Sure enough, Tudor does an amazing job slowly feeding the reader just enough to keep the mystery and avoid reader frustration.

There’s a type of dreamy, mysterious aura in a CJ Tudor book. It’s a great feeling to wrap yourself in like a warm blanket as you read her books. The Other People has some twists and turns, none that seem out of line with the narrative, but all that take a little bit of time to get there.

I can’t say much for fear I will provide spoilers, but this one is a great one to read while snuggled under a blanket with a warm cup of tea, cocoa or whatever your poison. Special thanks to Netgalley and Ballantine Books for an e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one releases January 28, 2020. Get your copy:

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