The Other People by CJ Tudor @cjtudor @MichaelJBooks #BookReview

Posted March 2, 2020 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 13 Comments

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The Other People by CJ Tudor @cjtudor @MichaelJBooks   #BookReviewThe Other People by C.J. Tudor
Published by Michael Joseph on February 20, 2020
Also by this author: The Taking of Annie Thorne, The Chalk Man, The Burning Girls

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

Three years ago, Gabe saw his daughter taken. In the back of a rusty old car, covered in bumper stickers. He was driving behind the car. He watched her disappear. But no one believes him. Most people believe that his daughter, and wife, are dead. For a while, people believed that Gabe was responsible.

Three years later and Gabe cannot give up hope. Even though he has given up everything else. His home, his job, his old life. He spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, sleeping in his camper van in service stations, searching for the car that took her. Searching for his daughter.

Katie spends a lot of her life in service stations, working as a waitress. She often sees Gabriel, or 'the thin man' as she has nicknamed him. She knows his story. She feels for him, because Katie understands what it's like to lose a loved one. Nine years ago, her father was murdered. It broke her family apart. She hasn't seen her oldest sister since the day of the funeral; the day she did something terrible.

Fran and her daughter, Alice, put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people that 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 that if they ever find them, they're dead.

My Review

OMFG!! WOW!! This book has flown to first place for the most epic of 2020 already! Frick! This book boggled my mind when I was reading it. I started it and once I started it I was hooked and like Gabe driving aimlessly around the motorway, it became my way of life for a couple of days (around adulting).

Parts of The Other People left me with chills, big fat chills, especially the epilogue I meant WTF! What an ending! Ok, I won’t get there because I know people don’t like that, but Jesus just be prepared that when you pick this up, you will be like an addict needing your next fix.


There is no fix for you with this book. There is a chill in the air that has nowhere it wants to be but to haunt you! I never want to look in a mirror again and I had that fear years ago thanks to Candyman!

One thing I did love about this book and the sadistic “Other People” is the degree of separation between people. We are all connected and this time it was terrifying how everyone was connected to each other. With each chapter you read, it teases out a bit more information, about the past and the present and the paranormal. With each bit of information I got, the words OMFG leap out of my mouth. I think 15 chapters in I decided to not even bother guess what was going and just go with it. No way can you play detective with this type of book!

I really did bloody love this book! It is just phenomenal, how Tudor manages to draw out the suspense, teases some supernatural, drips tension off every page is just a credit to her. I think she just now ruined every book for me. I am not sure I can read anymore. Short and snappy chapters meant I could inhale this book, I must have been doing some speed reading as on my lunch I read over 100 pages. I switched off from everything and everyone and went on Gabe’s story.

I should really talk about the story but it is hard to do so. If I do, 1 The Other People mind find out and 2. The Other People might find ME! So the best thing to do is to keep quiet about Gabe’s driving up and down the motorway. About how you can never quite be sure about the Samaritan. How Katie is such a wholesome character who I related to so much more than anyone else after the loss of her dad. Or Alice and her sleeping issues and how she can bring pebbles back from her dreams. How karma really is a bitch!! Photos can be manipulated and never accept drinks from other people. And finally, How, I really do not trust anyone after reading this, people really aren’t who they say they are. Oh!!! I think that is too much! I have to stop!

Just read this awesome book! I wanted to read this sooner but someone who shall remain nameless (*cough* Eva *cough*) banned me until they got their copy and then I couldn’t get to it until now! So don’t do a Zoé, don’t wait to read it, be sensible and buy it now and read it!!!

Until next time xxx

Click on the picture if you want to know more about the “Other People”

About C.J. Tudor

C. J. Tudor was born in Salisbury and grew up in Nottingham, where she still lives with her partner and young daughter.

She left school at sixteen and has had a variety of jobs over the years, including trainee reporter, radio scriptwriter, shop assistant, ad agency copywriter and voiceover.

In the early nineties, she fell into a job as a television presenter for a show on Channel 4 called Moviewatch. Although a terrible presenter, she got to interview acting legends such as Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Emma Thompson and Robin Williams. She also annoyed Tim Robbins by asking a question about Susan Sarandon’s breasts and was extremely flattered when Robert Downey Junior showed her his chest.

While writing the Chalk Man she ran a dog-walking business, walking over twenty dogs a week as well as looking after her little girl.

She’s been writing since she was a child but only knuckled down to it properly in her thirties. Her English teacher once told her that if she ‘did not become Prime Minister or a best-selling author’ he would be ‘very disappointed.’

The Chalk Man was inspired by a tub of chalks a friend bought for her daughter’s second birthday. One afternoon they drew chalk figures all over the driveway. Later that night she opened the back door to be confronted by weird stick men everywhere. In the dark, they looked incredibly sinister. She called to her partner: ‘These chalk men look really creepy in the dark . . .’

She is never knowingly over-dressed. She has never owned a handbag and the last time she wore heels (twelve years ago) she broke a tooth.

She loves The Killers, Foo Fighters and Frank Turner. Her favourite venue is Rock City.

Her favourite films are Ghostbusters and The Lost Boys. Her favourite authors are Stephen King, Michael Marshall and Harlan Coben.

She is SO glad she was a teenager in the eighties.

She firmly believes that there are no finer meals than takeaway pizza and champagne, or chips with curry sauce after a night out.

Everyone calls her Caz

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13 responses to “The Other People by CJ Tudor @cjtudor @MichaelJBooks #BookReview

  1. This is in my TBR. I wish and wish and wish the publisher think I am good enough. I get rejected for all their boos. Color me green at the moment.

    Brilliant review. Loved your enthusiasm. I haven’t read any book by this author. Though the second book attracted me quite a bit

    • Zoé

      You are good enough!! I only got the book because I met Caz and she said she would send it to me. I think I got rejected on Netgalley

      I’ve not read her first book so looking forward to reading that one for sure!

    • Zoé

      It’s not too scary, probably more intense and suspenseful with a touch of the supernatural lol