THE OTHER PEOPLE is the story of a man who loses everything in the blink of an eye but refuses to believe it. So he spends the next three years of his life looking for his ‘dead’ daughter, and that’s when things really get interesting. Twists and turns abound, but Gabe’s faith in finding out what happened to his wife and daughter never wavers.
I really liked the main characters in this book. Gabe was believably flawed, had a lot of regrets, and was someone I think a lot of readers will relate to. Katie was a single mom doing her best to make ends meet while struggling to keep her children safe. Fran was more of a wildcard and you never knew what was going on with her, but her story was interesting nonetheless. There are a lot of secondary players in this story that were cloaked in suspicion, and that served to make the story even more exciting. Especially since you could never pinpoint exactly who these people were, and what part, if any, they had in the murder of Gabe’s family. But one thing is clear; they are all linked somehow.
This book felt mostly about Gabe’s journey, and while there were other ‘main’ characters, I feel like they were along for the ride. Every one of the secondary characters held a secret about Gabe’s life, some of those secrets he was privy and some not. But as everything unfolded, the hits kept on coming. And not only were the secrets being kept a shocker, but so were the people holding them. But Gabe never gave up, and I admired him for that. The way his relationship with Katie unfolded by necessity was an interesting part of the story, and I like that it happened over the span of years.
I will say the only thing that left me unsatisfied was the paranormal aspect of this story. Usually, that’s something I love, but it needs to be tempered with a credible explanation. I feel like that was missing here, and it was something I was longing for. Having said that, Gabe is a character who will stick with me for a long time, and I thoroughly enjoyed his journey and his dedication to finding out what happened to his daughter. THE OTHER PEOPLE was ultimately a story of a parent that will stop at nothing to find out what happened to their child, and it captured that perfectly.