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Let Michael Marshall intrude on your life with 'The Intruders'
The Intruders - Michael Marshall
Member Name: Jojoborne
The Intruders - Michael Marshall
Date: 02/04/12, updated on 03/04/12 (79 review reads)
Advantages: Good read. Page-turner
Disadvantages: Not for Mills and Boon fans
Michael Marshall is an author I have a lot of time for. He lives in North London and used to write under the name Michael Marshall Smith for those of you who were not aware. He wrote a novel under the name M.M.Smith in 2008 before reverting back to Michael Marshall.
'The Intruders' has been nominated for the Steel Dagger Literary award.
Published by Harper Collins who now mix there sources to make books to save trees working with controlled forests and other sources.
Why Did I read this book?
I was given a hardback copy of this novel in 2008 by my Mother for my birthday. Due to being a devourer and hoarder of books aplenty, it somehow got hidden, in plain sight, amongst other books in one of my three huge bookcases.
I saw it a couple of weeks ago and having read the 'Ward Hopkins' trilogy, 'The Straw Men', 'The Lonely Dead' and 'Blood Of Angels' by the same author, it garnered my attention by the way of a 'Ooh I forgot about that' moment.
Armed with a feeling of birthday gift gratitude I bedded down to begin a journey that would not disappoint me in the slightest. Marshall is one of the most innovative and daring thriller writers around and I soon got hooked on the storyline.
Jack Whalen is a former traffic cop who left the force under tenuous circumstances, to say the least. He now struggles between wannabe author and limbo escapee. The one constant in his life is his wife Amy.
When Amy goes missing on a business trip Jakes worry soon turns to fear after going in search of her and uprooting some strange goings on; something a lot more sinister and mysterious than he was expecting anyway.
An old school friend, Gary Fisher, gets in touch with Jack about the will of a prominent business man who was his employer. Fisher has unearthed a series of strange abductions and murders and some shady deals.
Meanwhile a young girl named Madison goes missing after a strange encounter with a man on a beach, to the obvious dismay of her parents. A strange man named Shepherd who says he's with the F.B.I leaves Madison's parents his card and goes off in search of the little girl. The girls behavior is erratic and not that of an ordinary ten year old girl.
Jack is thrown into a dark world of cover-ups, deceit, dark secrets and sinister truths that he would never have known existed and he not stumbled upon them in his panic to find his wife.
Is Jack's wife the woman he thought she was? Who is Shepherd? Is Gary Fisher telling him everything? Who or what is behind the door of the boarded up building that seems to be unoccupied but has a telephone ringing out on the top floor? And who is the little girl who seems to be able to make people do things? Jack becomes amateur sleuth in order to unravel a mystery that will have you questioning your own morals and wondering about life and death.
An amazing book and expertly written by one of the finest writers around.
A slow start, which builds and picks up pace nicely. You find yourself asking questions and pondering over events.
The last third of the book is a white-knuckle ride of suspense and thrills and I could not put it down for long without slipping back into it again.
Marshall does answer any questions you had but also leaves an opening for what I hope will prompt a second book.
Lots of twists and turns, and another proverbial pearler from the imagination of a man on top of his game.
I'd love to tell you more about the plot and storyline but it really would spoil it for anyone who decides to read it. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.
Marshall is a brilliant, creative writer without being weighed down with heavily laden prose that has been churned out for literary effect or to show off his prowess as a scribe.
If you haven't read Michael Marshall, then you most definitely should do so. Why not start with 'The Intruders'.
Michael Marshall Bibliography
As Michael Marshall Smith
The Servants 
One of Us 
Only Forward 
As Michael Marshall
Bad Things 
The Intruders 
Blood of Angels 
The Lonely Dead (UK) / The Upright Man (US) 
The Straw Men 
The Servants 
In a recent interview Michael Marshall said he was in talks with the BBC about 'The Intruders' being turned into a drama series.
It would be great if this comes to fruition as it would make a really scary drama and the scope for such a project would be endless.
Summary: A dark world of cover-ups, deceit, dark secrets and sinister truths!