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Netgalley Review: The Other People by C.J. Tudor


Publication Date: January 23, 2020

Publisher: Penguin

Pages: 400

Genre: Mystery

Rating: 4/5

This is a well done and engrossing mystery that kept me guessing all the way through. The book follows Gabe, whose wife and daughter were murdered, but he knows that he saw his daughter, Izzy, while he was driving home that day. No one else believes that she is alive but he has spent the last three years searching for her and then he discovers, with the help of a friend, the car that he last saw his daughter in. This discovery begins the slow unraveling of the mystery. Is Gabe’s daughter really alive? And if she is, who took her and why?

This is also a multi perspective story and I thought the way all the stories merged together was exceptional. The plot did require a lot of coincidences though and a few I can take but this was too much. There was a supernatural element to this story that was mildly interesting when it was introduced but I quickly started disliking. I will credit Tudor will being creative and I think she did pull it off relatively well. However, I wish she had spent more time working out the story so it didn’t need so many coincidences to work and cut out the mystical element completely.

It is frustrating that these great mystery books keep getting marketed as thrillers because there is nothing all that exciting that happens in this book. This is very much a well thought out and woven together mystery that slowly unfolds as the book goes on. I think if you go into this thinking thriller you might find the book boring but if the premise sounds interesting to you I think you will like the journey this book takes you on. Also, for anyone who read and loved Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough then I think you will really enjoy this book because it has the same kind of vibe.




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