A series of seemingly unrelated events occur, drawing former
L.A. policeman Jack Whalen into a web of deceit. A wife and
son are brutally murdered in Seattle. The husband has
vanished and is presumed guilty of the crime. Miles away, a
little girl goes missing. Odd behavior is exhibited by
Jack's wife, before her brief disappearance in Seattle.
Jack's involvement begins with a phone call from an old high
Jack Whalen thinks life is perfectly normal after he and his
wife relocate to rural Pacific Northwest. But as more truths
are exposed, he begins to wonder if everything he believes
to be true is a lie. Will a missing cell phone tell tales?
Is Amy having an affair? Who is Shepherd and who does he
work for? What does the murder of an unassuming man's family
have to do with Jack's wife, Amy?
The novel alternates Jack's first-person narrative with
various third-person points-of-view. This allows the reader
get more information than Jack is privy to. The gloomy
weather of the Northwest is the perfect backdrop for this
eerie story with all its haunting twists and turns. I can
almost feel the chill in the air, even now in summertime.
THE INTRUDERS is a most unusual suspense novel with horror
elements. Mr. Marshall's hardcover debut is a real puzzler at
heart. Not quite my cup of tea, but conspiracy theorists and
readers who love books that really make them think will find
this story to be right up their alley. And, squeamish
readers, be forewarned; this novel contains a significant
amount of on-page violence. Lingering questions will haunt
the reader long after turning the final page. Who are we,
deep down? And can we trust anyone, even those closest to us?
For Jack Whalen, it all starts with a visit from a childhood
now a lawyer, who asks for his help on an odd case. The
of a scientist have been brutally murdered, and the
have had something to hide—is nowhere to be found.
has more pressing matters on his mind. His wife has told him
on a routine business trip to Seattle, yet she hasn't
checked into her
hotel. Calls to her cell phone go unanswered, and when Jack
Seattle to investigate, she's vanished.
And in Oregon a
little girl goes missing. She's found miles away, but it
clear that she's not an innocent victim, and is far from
Unusual events, all leading to the same place. As a former
who left the force under difficult circumstances, Jack is
find some answers. Yet the more he digs, the more the
Searching into the dark secrets of a past that still haunts
discovers that the truth has roots deeper and more evil than