BOOK REVIEW: THE INTRUDERS
Michael Marshall has another winner with The Intruders. The Intruders is the story of how Jack Whalen (ex-cop of twelve years) has his life suddenly fall apart and nothing is as it seems any longer.
Jack and his wife Amy have moved from Los Angeles to a small town called Birch Crossing which is near Seattle after Jack quits the force to become a writer. Amy is an advertising executive who has to make out of town trips seven or eight times a year. She is currently supposed to be on a business trip in Seattle when she seems to vanish from the face of the earth. They always stay in contact daily via cell phone and when a cab driver calls to tell Jack he found Amy’s cell phone in his cab and he does not hear from her via other communication, Jack suddenly knows there are big problems.
At the same time, a guy Jack hasn’t seen since high school, Gary Fisher now a lawyer turns up on his doorstep asking for help on a case he is currently working. Gary represented a client worth millions who has recently passed away leaving most of his fortune to charitable organizations. However none of it makes sense to Gary since he works at a high powered law firm that assumed they had all of the guy’s business when the will is being handled by a very small illusive law firm that is less than forth coming with what is going on with the will.
One of the beneficiaries of the will was one Bill Anderson, a physics professor, who has had his very large check for sometime and never cashed it. His wife and son were also murdered in their home and the house set on fire that week and Bill is now missing and the main suspect of the police. Gary believes Bill is innocent and that there is far more going on but needs help in investigating the matter and trying to locate Bill.
Add in a nine year old girl who goes missing at the same time and winds up in Seattle. Everything seems to center around Seattle. Nothing is making a lot of sense and Jack cannot see the connection Gary seems to see between Amy’s latest strange behavior and disappearance and Gary’s missing Bill Anderson and the strange will. All of a sudden, nothing in Jack’s world makes sense but he sets out to try to find the truth and gets a lot more than he bargained for in the process.
Although the first chapter is a real grabber, one has to be a bit diligent to get further through the book as the chapters tend to skip from one character and location to another and it is a bit confusing. If you can get through this and get your characters straight, it is a great read with a quite surprising ending.
REVIEWED BY GINA METZ
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