- Title: The Other People
- Author: C.J. Tudor
- Publisher: Random House/Ballantine
- Release Date: January 28, 2020
- Rating: 5 Stars
C.J. Tudor proves once again that she’s got the winning formula for page-turning horror thrillers.
The Other People by C.J. Tudor Book Review
Imagine the police tell you that your wife and daughter were murdered, but you’re certain you saw your daughter being sped away in a vehicle shortly after her supposed death. Now imagine that no one believes you, so you spend the next three years driving the highways in search of the car you saw that day. That’s the beginning of C.J. Tudor’s latest thriller/horror combo, and it quickly fills you with empathy for Gabe, the main character.
This book has several magnificently realized characters for readers to root for, root against, and fear. There’s the strange wandering man known, by some, as the Samaritan. A woman and child constantly on the run (but from what?). A child with narcolepsy whose storyline is too intriguing to spoil in even the slightest way. A secret that arrives via a business card, and way too many other thrilling elements to get into here.
I stayed up for hours reading this book because I couldn’t put it down. I joked on Twitter about The Other People being better than sex, but the truth is that it wasn’t really a joke. Finding a book this compelling is very rare, which makes anything that’s not rare pale in comparison.
There are many twists and turns along the way. Some were easy to guess, while others were heart-wrenching gut punches. I love Tudor’s writing voice, along with her insertion of otherworldly/unexplainable things into a story that could have otherwise been a more straightforward thriller.
Horror and thrillers fans are going to want to pick this one up when it comes out. I expect to see it on many ‘Best Of’ lists by the end of 2020. Pre-order your copy today!
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC. This review contains my honest, unbiased opinion.