A gripping thriller about a man’s quest for the daughter no one else believes is still alive, from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man and The Hiding Place.
An ID Book Club Selection • “C. J. Tudor is terrific. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Q: Why are you called the Other People?
A: We are people just like you. People to whom terrible things have happened. We’ve found solace not in forgiveness or forgetting. But in helping each other find justice.
Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in its 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 traveling up and down the highway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe she’s dead.
When the car that he saw escape with his little girl is found abandoned with a body inside, Gabe must confront not just the day Izzy disappeared but the painful events from his past now dredged to the surface.
Q: What sort of justice?
A: That depends on the individual. But our ethos is a punishment that fits the crime.
Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the road. Not searching. Running. Because Fran 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 to her and Alice.
Q: Can I request to have someone killed?
A: If your Request is acceptable, and unless there are exceptional circumstances, we fulfill all Requests.
Gabe Forman, the protagonist of this nightmarish novel from Thriller Award winner Tudor (The Hiding Place), is running late for dinner when he spies his five-year-old daughter, Izzy, in the window of a stranger's car. He gives chase, but loses the vehicle in traffic. When he calls home, police inform him that an intruder shot and killed both Izzy and his wife. Though his father-in-law positively identifies the bodies, Gabe knows what he saw, and he abandons everything to travel England's M1 motorway in search of Izzy. Three years later, Gabe discovers the abductor's abandoned car, which contains clues pointing to a dark web group that helps wronged parties find justice. But why target Gabe's family and where is Izzy? Tudor intersperses Gabe's hunt with scenes spotlighting a woman named Fern and seven-year-old Alice, who have spent three years on the run. Realistic characters fueled by genuine emotion carry the tale to a pat yet pleasing conclusion, though the central mystery relies too heavily on coincidence, and a supernatural subplot involving Alice's mirror-induced narcolepsy feels half-baked. Hopefully, Tudor's next book will be a return to form.
Good author,great story
I’m really starting to like Tudor. This one was better than the Chalkman and that one was very good also. It is clear in her writing that Stephan King has had on influence on her writing in style and she leaves little homages to him in-the stories (notice one of the hotel rooms was 217). Read The shining if you don’t get it.
Could not wait for this pre-order to appear in my library. Great twists & turns. A little confusing at times so I re-read some chapters. Premise reminded me of a hugely disappointing book “The Chain.” This book, however, is written masterfully in comparison.
Tudor fans will not be disappointed!
I’ve never done a review before but this book warrants one. Holy crap!!!
I have not left my bed for the past 5 hours because I’ve been reading. I was captivated and fully immersed in this book. It is the definition of a page-turner. Read this!!! Ideally if you have nothing to do for hours because you won’t want to do anything else besides keep reading.