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The Intruder by P. S. Hogan
You may ask why? Well, we have nearly all bought, or no someone who has, through an estate agent. But, the burning question is – Did you change the locks after purchase? Something that is very easy to over look in the excitement of moving home. The second question – Do you know who has a set of, or copies of your keys? It’s easy to mislay your keys, but during that time, do you really know where they were and who had them? A little food for thought. After reading The Intruder, you will want to know the answers to those questions with certainty.
You See, William Hemming is the main character in the book and is an estate agent. He has a key to every house he has sold. And if he doesn’t have the key, it’s not long before he obtains a copy. These are the keys that hang on his walls at his rental property. William frequently lets himself into the houses, whilst the owners are out, and takes the opportunity to get to know the new owners. Breakfast in one home, dinner in another and sleeping in the attic of another. Creepy….. ever wondered what the noise was in your attic. As I look up to my loft hatch……
The early chapters of the book, are a little slow, but so very relevant to understand his character. It is in these chapters we gain an insight into his mischievous school days and learn of his character. He has, without a doubt, a very clever way of dealing with what he feels is unjustified behavior towards him.
Following his exclusion from school (no spoilers here as to why) Hemming takes an internship in a village estate agency. Soon to become his future career, and one that lends itself well to his character. He becomes the village guardian angel, ensuring those who do wrong and handed out their own karma. When he witnesses a village resident hitting a car and driving off, he ensures the victim is protected and the guilty pays for his crime. How many of us get annoyed when dog owners do not pick up their dog doodles. Heming takes action into his own hands. It is this part of his character that had me laughing out loud and smiling. I found myself, smiling often, and hoping that type of guardian angel is around to protect innocent people.
All is well and we follow Heming on his adventure until one day, whilst in one of the homes he becomes aware he is not alone. What happens next is for you to read…….
This book is exceptionally written a thriller that will make you laugh, look up to your attic, double check where you have left things and every time you pick up your house keys it will make you smile and think of The Intruder. I loved this book, and will without a doubt read it again. Definitely, one to watch out for on the book shelves.
Thank you to Rosie and Hayley at Penguin UK for the proof copy and we wish you both well in your new jobs. Look forward to working with you on future book reviews.