THE INTRUDERS by E.E. Richardson

THE INTRUDERS

Age Range: 12 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

Most readers will have already guessed just where the horror lies long before Joel, his older sister Cassie and their two about-to-be stepbrothers figure out who died in the house they’ve all moved into, and how they met their fate. But that won’t necessarily spoil the pleasure for those who enjoy stories filled with ghosts, nightmares and bloody visions. Background details seem purposely vague as if to concentrate attention on the horror elements, and the story moves along briskly. Cassie and Damon squabble incessantly, but Joel gets along fine with Damon’s younger brother Tim. And it’s Joel and Tim who share the nightmares of being trapped in the house, hunted by an unseen, violent presence. Richardson uses plenty of horror clichés—a séance, a storm, incredibly oblivious adults and even a trio of skeletons, buried in the basement—but unsophisticated readers won’t mind much. They’ll be too caught up in the whirlwind action and too pleased with themselves for being smart enough to sort things out before the characters do. Predictable but satisfying. (Fiction. 12-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 8th, 2006
ISBN: 0-385-73264-3
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2006




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