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 . . .
I’m a big C.J. Tudor fan but for me this is her best book so far! I couldn’t get enough of it and managed to read it all in one session thankfully as there was no way I was going to be able to put it down! With one of the most horrific openings that was like something out of a horror movie, I knew that this book was going to be a compelling quest for the truth but I did NOT expect the brilliant twists and turns that C.J.Tudor very cleverly crafted into her narrative.
Gabe is driving home one night when he thinks he sees his daughter in the car in front. She mouths “Daddy” and he tries to chase the car before pulling off the motorway to call home, convinces there’s a reasonable explanation. By the time he realises something is very wrong, the car has disappeared. Three years later, a haunted and tired looking Gabe lives in a caper van going up and down the motorway looking for the car he saw that night. I really felt for Gabe. His guilt as not having saved his daughter has eaten him away and he has found it impossible to let go which, lets admit to ourselves, is probably what we would also do. I would never rest if there was a possibility that a missing member of my family could still be alive out there somewhere. Unfortunately, the police aren’t interested as for them the case is closed after the body of Izzy was identified after her death. But Gabe is about to be dealt a better hand in his search when he meets someone who may know exactly what happened to Izzy that night…
What I love about C.J.Tudors books is the feeling that permeates throughout her narrative that something menacingly eerie is always about to happen. I felt the hairs on the back of my neck prickle many a time when the rather sinister and somewhat creepy plot threw up its unexpected coincidences and I was never sure exactly who or what was controlling our characters or their lives. Towards the end there were so many shocking moments and the ending especially once again chilled me to the bone.
C.J Tudor has really hit the spot with The Other People. She has such a unique voice and writes in an easy style that lulls you into a false sense of security which them makes her plot twists even more nightmarish and terrifying. Ordinary people are thrown into very extraordinary circumstances and watching them fight their way out is both entertaining and harrowing.
C. J. Tudor’s love of writing, especially the dark and macabre, started young. When her peers were reading Judy Blume, she was devouring Stephen King and James Herbert.
Over the years she has had a variety of jobs, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, dog walker, voiceover artist, television presenter, copywriter and, now, author.
Her first novel, The Chalk Man, was a Sunday Times bestseller and has sold in over forty countries.