The novel is being published in the US by Penguin Random House / Ballantine, after the hardback release in January. At the time, Kirkus proclaimed the book a “sinister, unsettling treat“, and we couldn’t agree more. It follows Gabe, a father desperately searching for his long-missing child, Izzy. Unbeknownst to him, Fran, a stranger with a child of her own, knows exactly what has happened to her. But Fran is on the run from her own demons…
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 fulfil all Requests.
Already a bestselling author, C.J. Tudor’s reputation for tense, supernatural thrillers that keep readers glued to the page is widely known and celebrated, with her books having sold in countless international territories. The US hardback received high praise upon release, being highlighted in a crime novel round up in the New York Times.
The UK editions also made a splash, following the hardback and paperback release by Penguin Random House/ Penguin Michael Joseph. The hardback went in at No. 11 on the Sunday Times bestseller list in its first week, and has been featured in a number of press roundups, including Bustle’s articles on ‘must-read books‘ and ‘19 of the Best Book Releases in 2020‘, Woman & Home’s ‘Best thriller books of 2020‘, and the Financial Times’ ‘the best in new crime fiction – the depths of domestic noir‘. The paperback went in at No. 9 on the Sunday Times paperback bestseller chart, selling over 6,000 copies in its first fortnight.
Ever-busy, C.J. additionally had two short stories included in different anthologies last month – Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 3 and After Sundown.
My new book, THE BURNING GIRLS, is out in Jan next year (more on that very soon)! In the meantime, I'm thrilled have two short stories featured in these beautiful anthologies – alongside a host of top horror/fantasy names – available to order right now!! 😉 pic.twitter.com/ZdEd7HKGur
— C. J. Tudor (@cjtudor) September 19, 2020
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With a reputation for being ‘Britain’s Stephen King’, C.J’s latest thriller The Other People is utterly outstanding, and we are shouting from the rooftops about it!