Quick Review (read on for full review)
A cleverly written psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. 3.5 / 5
Summary (from Goodreads)
Taut, menacing, sinister, gripping, intelligent, action-packed – everything you could want from a thriller.
When ex-LAPD patrol cop Jack Whalen’s wife goes missing on a routine business trip to Seattle, his world is shaken.
Meanwhile, a ten-year-old girl vanishes from a beach in Oregon after an encounter with a sinister stranger – but it gradually becomes clear that she’s very far from defenceless.
Searching for answers in the shadowy secrets of a past that still haunts him, Jack discovers that the truth has roots deeper and darker than he ever feared.
Other people’s working spaces are like the ruins of lost civilisations.
This is not the first book I have read by Michael Marshall. Last year I read Blood of Angels (you can read the review here), the final instalment in The Straw Men trilogy, which I read as a standalone. I enjoyed it enough to seek out more by the author, which is how I came to read The Intruders.
This was an interesting, original psychological thriller, with elements of the supernatural, horror and crime fiction, reminding me a bit of The X-Files. It’s cleverly written in such a way as you don’t really know what exactly is going on until the mystery is revealed later in the book, and yet there is so much story unfolding that you don’t necessarily notice. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing as to what is going to happen next. It was interesting to see how the strange, diverse storylines were going to be pulled together.
I wasn’t struck on many of the characters, but surprisingly this wasn’t an issue that prevented me from enjoying the book. To me, the story – and the mystery – took precedence. I also wasn’t keen on the ending of the story, yet I can see why the book ended the way it did.
What I really liked about the story was that it were some great turns of phrase woven into the narrative, my favourite being the quote above.