Off the Charts and On the Horizon – the other people (C.J. Tudor) – unpopular opinion time!!

Ahoy there me mateys!  Though this log’s focus is on sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult, this Captain does have broader reading tastes. So occasionally I will share some novels that I enjoyed that are off the charts (a non sci-fi, fantasy, or young adult novel), as it were. I received this thriller eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

the other people (C.J. Tudor)

Title: the chalk man

Author: C.J. Tudor

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine

Publication Date: TODAY!! (hardback/ebook)

ISBN: 978-1984824998

Source: NetGalley

The Other People

I read the chalk man by this author and really enjoyed it so was looking forward to reading this.  While I read this in one sitting and it was sometimes gripping, I ultimately felt it was just okay and didn’t have the same punch as the author’s other book.

The story follows Gabe who is driving home from work on day only to see his daughter Izzy in the car in front of him.  He tries to convince himself that he was mistaken and calls home only to be told that his wife and daughter have been brutally murdered.  But he saw Izzy and so knows she is alive.  He is determined to find her.  Even if no one else believes him.

The book has three subplots that tie together and that is where the problem lies.  One follows Gabe, one follows Fran who is on the run with a girl named Alice, and one follows a waitress named Kate.  There is also a three year jump after the murder reveal and a seemingly supernatural bent.  Together all these elements were muddled and stretched belief.  Though I liked Kate, that subplot could have been removed altogether and I think it would have strengthened the story.  I also did not Gabe’s secret past subplot either.

But ultimately the main dissatisfaction was with the other people themselves and how it all worked.  They weren’t scary or even very interesting.  There are no real answers and the resolution of both the three subplots and the other people themselves didn’t do it for me.  There were just too many threads in this book and I would have preferred something more streamlined and realistic.  I did have fun reading this book but have to admit that overall it be rather forgettable.  Arrr!

So lastly . . .

Thank you Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine!

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Previous Log Entries for this Author

the chalk man (Off the Charts and on the Horizon – Thriller eArc)

17 thoughts on “Off the Charts and On the Horizon – the other people (C.J. Tudor) – unpopular opinion time!!

  1. Oh yikes! No real answers or resolutions in a thriller? That gets a big nope from me. It’s one thing in speculative fiction. Not cool in a mystery/thriller plot.


  2. I have to say I loved this one – I was just hooked and found it really quick – probably because I couldn’t put it down. shame you didn’t like it, but like Mogsy said, her books all feel quite different so some will work for you more than others.
    Lynn 😀


  3. I really enjoyed this book, but II can also see why you might have loved the Chalk Man but felt disappointed by this one. I’ve read all three of her books so far and it’s quite amazing how different they feel, so one might work while another might not.

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  4. I’ve been thinking of this one so it’s good to know! The fact that there is ambiguity (I like at least SOME answers ha) and the fact that it’s a little muddled definitely gives me pause…


  5. A really good review, Cap. Yep – this does sound rather a bloated mess. Thrillers need to have a very sleek, pared-down premise at their heart. You then can add in the twists along the way, but if you weigh down the initial narrative drive with too much freight, it’s almost impossible to keep the plot driving forward with sufficient momentum and tension to keep your readers on their toes…


  6. You read this in one sitting?! How long is it? Wow. I cannot remember the last time I read a book in one sitting which wasn’t a picture book. XD

    I’m sorry it was forgettable. It’s so disappointing when an author whose books you love doesn’t live up to the first book of theirs you read. I’m a bit nervous that will happen with The Shattered Sea, but I have hope. Will you continue to seek out Tudor’s works in the future?

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    1. With the flue I wasn’t able to go anywhere so I sat in bed and read all morning. So maybe six hours? I don’t really know. I am not adverse to reading another Tudor book but I do think I wouldn’t request an ARC and would wait for the reviews first. And I hope ye like the starless sea better than I did.
      x The Captain

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    1. I really did think the chalk man was excellent. I am interesting in reading more of their thrillers in the future though I am going to skip the hiding place cause the premise doesn’t speak to me.
      x The Captain


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