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The Other People: A Novel by C. J. Tudor
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The Other People: A Novel (edition 2020)

by C. J. Tudor (Author)

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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.… (more)
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Title:The Other People: A Novel
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  JediBookLover | Oct 29, 2022 |
I liked this book. After finishing it I looked at a few other reviews on GR and elsewhere, and it's clear that not everyone shares this opinion.

No, it's not as good as [b:The Chalk Man|35356382|The Chalk Man|C.J. Tudor|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1568852018l/35356382._SY75_.jpg|52592002]. Not as crisp, at any rate. But perhaps I enjoyed it more than some others because I was prepared not only to accept, but to enjoy, the supernatural elements. Someone felt there were two many coincidences driving the plot, but I think those coincidences were key to the entire point of the book. The web of pain that we can rashly visit upon ourselves, through others, and which it can be difficult to shed.

As in The Chalk Man, Tudor does an excellent job with slow reveals in this book, so that those painful connections gradually coalesce and make some kind of sense. I was especially impressed with the descriptions of otherworldly connections, which were superbly constructed.

Obviously, this isn't for everyone. But if you're looking for a psychological thriller that's a bit off the beaten track, consider giving it a try. ( )
  BarbKBooks | Aug 15, 2022 |
Innocent (and less than innocent) people get caught up in an intricate revenge plot in C.J. Tudor's strikingly dramatic and twisty thriller The Other People.
The action starts immediately and the suspense is almost unbearable at times. The supernatural aspect was only a minor player and yet somehow it was the perfect finishing touch, adding as much flavor to the story as a delicious drizzle of hot fudge over ice cream making it even more satisfying.
Did Gabe really see his daughter being stolen away in the back of a junk car at the precise time the police are in his home viewing her dead body? The "what ifs" are driving him crazy and the grief is so profound he can barely function anymore. Who could possibly want to kill his wife and daughter and where was Gabe really coming home from when he saw is little girl in that speeding car?
I have loved all 3 of this author's books but she has really outdone herself this time.

I received an advance copy for review. ( )
  IreneCole | Jul 27, 2022 |
Harlan Coben meets Stephen King in this twisty suspense novel with a soupçon of the supernatural, as a man who lost his wife and daughter in a brutal, senseless crime is certain he saw the child in a strange car – hours after the murders.

His insistence that he saw her and his refusal to believe she is dead propels him on a years-long search for the truth, which is buried in a web of secrets, lies, and an underground web of “other people” carrying out their own brand of justice.

Tudor loses a few points for over-reliance on coincidence, even as the plot depends on unseen connections between the “other people” and their victims, and the supernatural connection seems to come out of nowhere with little purpose except to allow certain people to know things they have no other way of knowing.

Quibbles aside, this is a page-turner that is pretty well un-put-downable. ( )
  LyndaInOregon | Jun 19, 2022 |
Gabe Foreman is certain his five-year-old daughter, Izzy, is alive. He insists he saw her in the rear window of a car driving along the M1 motorway.

The police are positive he is wrong. Two people lie dead in Gabe’s home; someone murdered his wife, Jenny, and his daughter, Izzy.

Three years later, Gabe is a prisoner of the motorway, driving from service center to service center, hoping to find the car that carried his child away. And, although the answers he seeks are elusive, Gabe clings to his unfaltering belief that Izzy is alive.

Why would someone murder his wife and take Gabe’s daughter? Will the desperate father find the answers?

Will he ever see Izzy again?

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“The Other People” is a dark and disturbing tale that touches on family, loss, and grief, weaving them into a tale of secrets, obsession, justice, and revenge. It is a story of both consequences and indefatigable hope.

Alternating points of view slowly reveal backstories and explain mysterious behaviors; the plot takes several unexpected twists designed to keep readers guessing.

There are many strong components in the story, primarily, Gabe’s refusal to believe that his daughter is dead. His behavior may seem excessive, but it is definitely in keeping with what a parent might do in this situation.

The creepiness inspired by the dark web Other People group gives the book an apprehensive undertone that keeps the suspense building. But, between the massive amounts of coincidence and the supernatural scenes, there’s a great deal of reader suspension of disbelief necessary in order for the story to “work.”

The supernatural aspect of the story would be so much stronger and seamlessly fit within the telling of the tale IF there had been some judicious explanations and IF there had been a weaving of those elements into the larger story. As presented, they simply feel tangential and peripheral.

Unfortunately, several substantial issues in the unfolding narrative are sure to be concerning for readers. First, there’s the seemingly-legitimatized “eye for an eye” revenge system put into play by the dark web Other People group. Who are these people and how do they have so much power over others? Readers are sure to be disappointed to discover that this organization and its people remain mostly unrevealed and the questions unresolved despite the fact that the epilogue seems to entitle them to continue their revenge-seeking ways. [And how is it that so many people know about this dark web group, anyway?]

Even if readers accept the revenge organization as presented in the story, the targeting of Gabe and his family remains questionable. The hardly-adequate explanation offered within the telling of the tale does not mesh with the “equal revenge” concept espoused by the dark web group.

Perhaps the most concerning of all, however, comes close to the end of the story in a discussion between Gabe and The Samaritan in which the crimes discussed by the two men are far from “equal” [if, indeed, any two crimes can in any way be considered “equal”]. The tired, stereotypical excuses offered here for the way in which events played out in each instance serve only to incite divisiveness and discord. And that is consummately disappointing. ( )
  jfe16 | Jan 2, 2022 |
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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.

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Three years ago, Gabe's family disappeared. Most people think they died. Some of them blame Gabe. Hardly anyone believes the truth--that Gabe saw his daughter the day she and his wife disappeared, smiling at him from the back of a rusty old car speeding down the highway. So even though it's been three years since that day, Gabe cannot give up hope. Even though he has given up everything else. His home, his job, his old life. He spends his days travelling up and down the highway and sleeping in service stations, searching for the car that took her. It's hard for most people to understand. But Gabe has found some who do in an online group set up by people who have also lost loved ones--who have suffered like him. They call themselves "The Other People." Because isn't that what everyone thinks: bad stuff only happens to "other people." When the car that Gabe saw driving away that night is found in a lake with a body inside, Gabe is suddenly under suspicion--and in danger. In desperation, he turns to The Other People for help. Because they are good people. 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."-- Provided by publisher.
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