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.
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 just recently read Tudor’s other novel “The Chalk Man” and was really impressed with how addictive and twisty the story was. I have to say I was expecting the same with “The Other People” and was not disappointed! This book grabbed me immediately and did not let up until I had finished its last page.
This book is very much a thriller but it also has a bit of a supernatural element that I thought made the story all the more enjoyable. It’s actually pretty subtle I thought so I think those of you who don’t like your books to be “too out there” would still enjoy this one. The supernatural element made the story more suspenseful and gave it that overall creepy atmosphere that really sucked me in.
There are three main POVs that are a little difficult to sort out right off the bat but as soon as you read a few chapters it isn’t too bad. They also skip around from present day to the past too and while they initially seem unrelated it’s revealed slowly throughout the book what they all have in common. I have to say I didn’t see any of it coming, there are quite a few twists! Also every chapter ended on a sort of mini cliffhanger so that definitely kept me turning pages, I just had to know what happened next.
The writing is great, as I already mentioned it kept me reading and the story flowed well. The overall plot was unique to me and it was completely captivating. I wish I could talk a bit more about it but I honestly do not want to spoil a single thing!
My only gripe is that the supernatural element isn’t ever really explained, it wasn’t a huge deal but it felt odd to me that we never found out the WHYs of it. It was essentially there to help drive the plot a bit but not ever be explained fully.
As I already mentioned this book is told in three alternating POVs: Gabe, a man whose wife and young daughter were murdered but is convinced his daughter is still alive and out there somewhere. Katie, a waitress who works in one of the service stations that Gabe frequents and who sympathizes as her father’s murder tore her own family apart and caused her eldest sister to do something terrible. And Fran along with her daughter Alice who are constantly on the run from people who want to hurt them because she knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter.
There’s a lot going on there but as I said all of these stories end up colliding in some form or another by the end of the book and it was mind blowing. Tudor did an excellent job developing each character, they were complex, and I actually gave a damn if anything happened to them.
What I Loved:
- Fast pacing and plenty of action
- Great, engaging writing and story line
- Unique plot (at least to me it was!)
- Supernatural element
- Well developed and complex characters
- Mind blowing twists!
What I Didn’t Love:
- A few things weren’t fully explained at the end
Overall this is a fantastic book that I would highly recommend! If you enjoy thrillers I would say that this one may have a few surprises for you and if you like eerie books I would say this one might fit the bill as well! It’s a great, quick read.
**** Huge thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ****
Trigger Warnings: Child Death, Child Abduction, Murder, & Violence