I don’t walk past the house next door. I wish the woman who lives in it was dead. Which makes it hard . . . because she was the one who came running when I screamed.
Kat Jones is woken by an Intruder looming over her bed. She’s saved by Edwina – the neighbour Kat believes betrayed her dying mother.
Her dad issues an ultimatum. Either spend nights next door, or accept another Intruder in her life – Hercules, the world’s ugliest guard dog. It’s a no-brainer, even for dog-phobic Kat.
When she meets adorkable Al at the dog park, finally Kat has someone to talk to, someone who cares.
But the prowler isn’t finished with Kat. To stop him, she needs Edwina’s help . . . and what Kat learns could mend fences – or break her fragile family apart forever.
I have a feeling that this book was meant to be a mystery, but I just found it kind of boring. There were a few plot twist, all of which – although unpredictable – carried no weight at all, and did not really make too much of a difference to the story. There were a few aspects of the book that seemed to be there for no apparent reason at all. Some of the characters were frustrating and hard to relate with, and the dialogue can be a bit corny at times. Not The Fault in Our Stars awkwardly-deep, apparently spontaneous bursts of philosophy (I found these corny as hell), but just plain clichéd, looking-into-the-distance-and-muttering corny. The story didn’t really go anywhere, the main character didn’t know what she wanted. Even at the end, with the plot twists, I still can’t figure out why everything happened, and there were many loose ends just left flapping about.
First to the plot. There was little development in the story, and there were many aspects of the plot that I just couldn’t understand the existence of. Everything happens for a reason in a novel, and in this one, it seems like there were some things that were just there to boost the story from a novella to a novel. The main driving point of the story is that Kat wakes up, and there’s a prowler “looming over her bed”. Apparently, she’s “saved by Edwina”, but I feel like she was more saved by her own bloodcurdling scream. All throughout the book I was making guesses as to who the prowler was and the ending was immensely disappointing. He wasn’t a huge part of the book, and yet, he was meant to be the driving point of the book. I think if he was just a background character, then I would be fine with it, but there were just way too many words wasted on his existence in the novel.
The plot twists, for some reason, carried no weight at all with me. They were meant to be dramatic gasping moments, and yet I just read through them like:
I still don’t know why though. The plot twists weren’t really predictable, but they just weren’t as shocking as they were obviously intended to be. It think that it was the way they were revealed. The talking when they revealed the twists was a little too long winded and that was probably why a lot of dramatic tension was lost.
Kat was really frustratingly self-centred. She admits it herself, about 5 pages before the end, but seriously, Kat, the world does not revolve around you, so stop acting like it does. Ok, your mum is dead of cancer, but that gives you no right to act like you’re the only one affected. Hello? Your dad? He knew your mum longer than you did? Did you ever stop to think about him or did you just lie around moaning “Woe is me! My mom is dead *sobbing*” She was ignorant of the needs of the other people in her life, she ignored and hated people that were obviously trying to help her. And then she goes and cries and wonders why her boyfriend isn’t talking to her, after she screamed at him for “taking sides.”
So that’s basically it.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 4/10
Intruder is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.
- Title: Intruder
- Author: Christine Bongers
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia (June 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 9780857983763
- URL: Goodreads, Author Website