Back of the book :
She sleeps, a pale girl in a white room . . .
Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the 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 travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.
Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who 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 what they will do if they ever catch up with her and Alice . . .
What I think :
Gabe is driving home on the motorway one night, when a face of a child suddenly appears in the rear window of the car in front of him. The child looks just like his daughter Izzy. The same child mouths one word before she disappears from view : Daddy … But how on earth can that be ? His daughter is safely at home with his wife Jennifer, Isn’t she ?
Its when Gabe rings home to make sure that his wife and child are safe that a strange voice answers the phone, it is a police officer who tells Gabe the awful news that his wife and child have been murdered. Gabe is so upset that when they ask him to identify the bodies of his loved ones, he can’t, his father-in-law does it. So Because Gabe hasn’t seen his family in death, in his head his daughter is still alive and in the back of the dirty beaten up old car …
Gabe then sells all of his possessions and his home, he spends all of his time driving up and down the motorway, the last place that he saw his daughter, in the hope that he will see her again.
Fran is also on the same motorway, but she and her daughter Alice are running away. But, from what or who ?
Alice has a sleep illness, she can fall asleep at any time and in any place. But when she wakes up she always has a pebble in her hand. Clickety-click, The Sandman is coming …
Then there is Katie, she is a single parent and works in the service station at night, on the same motorway that Gabe drives up and down and that Fran uses to escape. She sees Gabe quite a lot and calls him ‘The Thin Man’. Katie thinks that he has a lot bothering him because he doesn’t speak much.
And just who are ‘The Other People’ ?
With their ‘An eye for an eye, A tooth for a tooth way of dealing with things. Gabe really needs to find out, because they may hold all the clues to Izzy’s disappearance in the back of the that car three years ago …
What a book !
I loved the way that it starts off really slowly, building up bit by bit, throwing out little clues and twists then just when your least expecting it, all the clues slot into place and you think, wow ! just wow ! it really is a brilliantly written book. I personally couldn’t put it down until the end.
I was really pleased when Michael Joseph asked me if I would like a copy of C.J.Tudors new book. After I’d let out a huge squeal and done a happy dance around my living room I got straight back onto my computer and emailed them back ‘Yes Please, Thank you so much !
I really enjoyed this authors other two books and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one. I particularly like them because although they’re classed as a thriller, there is something a little bit ‘other worldly’ and ‘spooky’ about them.
The characters are real you can really relate to them, you can feel Gabe’s pain at losing his wife and child and you can almost feel Fran’s fear about being chased and caught by the person or thing that is after her.
I think this is probably her best yet !
I give this book my highest award of 10/10 (5 stars )
Published on 23/01/2020 by Micheal Joseph.
The biggest Thank you to Michael Joseph books for the review copy of the book in return for a honest review.