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The Other People

The Other People, October 2020
by C.J. Tudor

Ballantine Books
368 pages
ISBN: 1984825011
EAN: 9781984825018
Kindle: B07NRY6VCL
Trade Size / e-Book (reprint)
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"A parent will stop at nothing to find their child."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Other People
C.J. Tudor

Reviewed by Angie Elle
Posted October 5, 2020

Thriller Psychological

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.

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Driving home one night, Gabe sees the face of a little girl he knows in the rear window of the car in front.
She mouths one word - 'Daddy'.

He never sees his five-year-old daughter, Izzy, again.

The police believe she's dead. But three years later, Gabe still drives the roads, searching for the car that took Izzy, never giving up hope . . .

Fran and her daughter, Alice, aren't searching - but running. Always one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them.

Because Fran knows the truth about Gabe's daughter - and she knows what those chasing her and Alice will do if they ever catch them . . .


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