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Review: The Other People by C.J. Tudor

Format: Audiobook finished 29 February 2020

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis:

She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .

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. She knows who is responsible. And she knows what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice . . .

Review:

This is a book I listened to and was disappointed that I didn’t enjoy this more. It was a shorter book than the normal thrillers I read and the style was well done, with it switching between the three main characters.

The story is told from three points of view. Gabe’s wife, Jenny, and their young daughter, Izzy, were murdered in their home three years ago but Gabe is convinced that Izzy is still alive after he sees her in the back of a car. Despite no one believing him, and a father-in-law who identified the bodies of his wife and daughter, he has devoted his life to searching for her. The second POV is a woman and her daughter who are on the run from an unnamed threat. And finally, we have the waitress who often waits on Gabe at the restaurant where she works.

All three characters are dealing with grief and loss. Their stories will come together and intersect in surprising ways

I gave it the three stars as it started really well but lost me about half way through. The story started to get more complex which is fine if it is done well.

There is a small paranormal aspect that did not fit in well with the rest, and I did not understand what it had to do with the movement of the story or the finality of the plot.

It was an okay read. It’s nothing that had me thinking about it after I was done, no big jaw-dropping moments, and probably nothing I will recommend. It’s a good read for a holiday or by the pool.

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