The Other People by C. J. Tudor
Penguin Random House: 1/28/20
eBook review copy; 336 pages
The Other People by C. J. Tudor is a very highly recommended unsettling thriller.
Three years ago Gabe Forman was driving home on the M1 stuck in
traffic behind an old rusty car covered with bumper stickers when
suddenly his five-year-old daughter Izzy's face appears in the back
window and she mouths "Daddy." Gabe tries to follow the car but loses
it. When he returns home, he finds out his wife and daughter were
killed, but Gabe knows what he saw and he knows his daughter is still
alive, despite the fact that his father-in-law positively identifies the
bodies. He was a suspect in their murders for a while, but cleared. Now
he spends his days driving up and down the motorway looking for the car
he last saw his daughter in.
Fran and her daughter Alice are constantly on the run, trying to keep
ahead of the people who want to hurt them. She knows too much and owes
some people. Alice has a problem with mirrors, can suddenly fall asleep
and has terrifying visions of a girl on a beach. When she wakes up from
these visions, she has a pebble in her hand. Alice carries around a bag
filled up with these pebbles.
These characters, along with others, are introduced and their stories
are told. Eventually the stories and characters merge together at the
ending of The Other People - and the title is explained. I don't
want to explain any more of the plot than this as it is best to read it
and experience what happens and is revealed as the narrative threads are
explored. All of the characters are all well-developed and realistic.
You will feel for Gabe, endlessly looking for his daughter, Izzy, and
you'll be interested in what is happening to all of the characters as
they rush to the point where their stories merge.
Great writing is notably present throughout The Other People. The
plot is a thriller, as the mystery of what happened to Izzy is ongoing
and the narrative also has mysterious undertones. Really, it's a little
eerie and a little creepy with supernatural undertones. Once you start
reading, you will find it difficult to stop. There are enough twists and
surprises to keep you guessing until the story reaches a very
My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.