The Intruder by P.S Hogan
He has the key to hundreds of houses.
Maybe even to yours.
A gripping, sinister, deeply unsettling novel from the most sociopathic narrator of 2018. Meet Mr Heming…
William Heming is an estate agent. He’s kept a copy of every key to every house he’s ever sold. Sometimes he visits them. He lets himself in when the owners are out.
But what will happen if he gets caught?
What will he do next?
I love the short, sharp and catchy synopsis! I think this immediately gathers the readers attention. The narrative of the novel however, grows on you page by page. Until you are absolutely hooked on the last pages.
The story is one of voyeurism, spying and unhealthy behaviour. Told from the perspective, of our protagonist William Heming.
William Heming is a respected and successful estate agent. He clearly has no financial issues. Unfortunately for William, he has a magnitude of other issues. The novel slowly unravels his life from childhood to the present day. The chapters jump back and forth, both have a consistent eerie feeling.
I got the impression, this is a feeling, a man like William would give off to those he meets. He appears to be friendless, odd and full of self-confidence.
William’s personality is a recipe for disaster!
“Here, among the stranger’s belongings, is where I am most at home” – William
William is difficult to get to grips with at first. Is he a pathological liar? Are we reading the inner thoughts of a psychopath? Why does he have delusions of grandeur?
What are the secrets in his past?
As the story develops, we observe his obsessions with specific people. How he interacts with them, both when they know and when they do not. I was on the edge of my seat as he lurks in people’s homes, inspecting their lives and making quick judgements. One thing, is for certain William is the nosey neighbour from hell!
He reels off stories of his previous harassment of others. With great ease and with an almost proud attitude. This is when I began to become fascinated by his character.
“I may be there when you are, or when you are gone, or more likely just before you arrive” – William
I often read psychological thrillers or novels with great suspenseful moments. But there is no one quite like William. He tells so many elaborate lies, he believes them himself! Leaving you the reader, to read between the lines.
I read this novel in one day and I felt more and more drawn into the story with every single page! 4*
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