Book Review: Intrusion by Mary McCluskey

Intrusion Book CoverFormat:  Paperback
Published:  1st July 2016
Publisher:  Little A
Pages:  246 Pages

The Blurb
Kat and Scott Hamilton are dealing with the hardest of losses: the death of their only child. While Scott throws himself back into his law practice in Los Angeles, Kat is hesitant to rejoin the workplace and instead spends her days shell-shocked and confused, unable to focus.

When an unwelcome face from Kat’s past in England emerges—the beautiful and imposing Sarah Cherrington—Kat’s marriage is thrown into a tailspin. Now wealthy beyond anything she could have imagined as a girl, Sarah appears to have everything she could need or want. But Sarah has an agenda and she wants one more thing. Soon Kat and Scott are caught up in her devious games and power plays.

Against the backdrops of Southern California and Sussex, in spare and haunting prose, Mary McCluskey propels this domestic drama to its chilling conclusion.


The Review
Thank you to Midas PR for sending me a copy of Intrusion to read and review, and for the opportunity to be involved in the blog tour.

Kate and Scott experience every parent’s worst nightmare, the death of their teenage son, Chris. Intrusion is a detailed account of their survival and also, how different people within their friendship circles, support them.

I’d just like to say that luckily I have never experienced death in the family, especially not premature death, either. I can’t comprehend how hard it must be to cope with the loss of someone you love, and more so when you believe that a parent should (naturally) die before their children. I know it’s going to happen to me someday – that’s life – but I don’t really want to think about it just yet! This is most definitely the main thing that eats away at Kate and Scott, why did their son have to die so soon?

Kate clearly struggled the most and often felt solace in staying at home and keeping out of the way of everyday life. Scott on the other hand jumped into his work, day and night, which lead to the inclusion of workaholic Sarah – Scott’s work partner. We soon learn that Sarah is an old school friend of Kate’s and they were once in fact, best friends. The relationship of the old best friends was nice because you got to learn about their childhood and teenage ways. They both grew up in England and now live in America. I did often find that Kate and Sarah used an awful lot of Americanisms, when personally I felt they should have used English sayings – I know they’d lived in America for a while, but that was just my feelings. I especially liked reading about the beach they always visited when they were teenagers on the Southern Coast.

The title of the novel clearly indicates what the story is about, an intrusion, but I’m afraid it took me a little while for the concept to jump out. I’d say a good seven or eight chapters of the book were detailed descriptions of the couple’s suffering, rather than explaining the reason for the book to be called Intrusion. I’m trying not to spoil things for you by explaining what the intrusion is!  Personally,  I would have liked the last few chapters (which were AMAZING and so nail-biting) to be more defined and perhaps explained a little earlier, rather than just at the end.


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