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Intrusion: A Novel
     

Intrusion: A Novel

by Mary McCluskey
 

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Kat and Scott Hamilton are dealing with the hardest of losses: the death of their only child. While Scott throws himself back into his law practice in Los Angeles, Kat is hesitant to rejoin the workplace and instead spends her days shell-shocked and confused, unable to focus.

When an unwelcome face from Kat’s past in England emerges—the beautiful

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Kat and Scott Hamilton are dealing with the hardest of losses: the death of their only child. While Scott throws himself back into his law practice in Los Angeles, Kat is hesitant to rejoin the workplace and instead spends her days shell-shocked and confused, unable to focus.

When an unwelcome face from Kat’s past in England emerges—the beautiful and imposing Sarah Cherrington—Kat’s marriage is thrown into a tailspin. Now wealthy beyond anything she could have imagined as a girl, Sarah appears to have everything she could need or want. But Sarah has an agenda and she wants one more thing. Soon Kat and Scott are caught up in her devious games and power plays.

Against the backdrops of Southern California and Sussex, in spare and haunting prose, Mary McCluskey propels this domestic drama to its chilling conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/23/2016
In the wake of their teenage son’s death in a car accident, Kat and Scott Hamilton find themselves adrift, both individually and in their marriage. Kat abandons her job and indulges fantasies of having another baby. Meanwhile, Scott, a corporate lawyer, takes on a new client, Sarah Harrison, who happens to be a friend from Kat’s school days in England, and who is now a fabulously wealthy and beautiful widow. Somewhat uneasily rekindling their friendship in Los Angeles, Kat sets aside memories of Sarah’s prior betrayals, seizing onto this old friend who seems to empathize with her grief. It’s clear from the beginning of McCluskey’s debut novel that Sarah has a hidden agenda; the plot consistently subverts expectations about the nature of Sarah’s intentions. The close third narration on Kat skillfully portrays a grieving woman on the verge of collapse, oblivious to the friends and family who truly care for her even as she finds herself increasingly drawn into Sarah’s destructive orbit. A few plot points don’t quite hang together, and the conclusion is too quick and too tidy to balance out the tantalizingly mounting suspense that characterizes the rest of the story. The novel’s elegant, emotionally restrained prose, however, raises it above a crowded field of psychological thrillers about women’s friendships gone awry. Agent: Julia Kenny, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-04-13
A couple mourning the death of their teenage son in a freak accident confront past secrets while facing the uncertain future of their marriage in McCluskey's debut. Kat and Scott are struggling to navigate a world made brittle by grief. Kat, unable to cope with most day-to-day tasks, resents the way Scott, a corporate lawyer, buries himself in work to escape the pain. When she has to accompany him to an evening event, she's shocked to discover that his new client is a rich widow who used to be one of her own best friends. It's been 20 years since Sarah Cherrington cut a swath through the conservative Catholic school where she met and dazzled young Kat; the two were inseparable, drawn to one another as misfits despite being complete opposites. But a dramatic falling out when they were in college broke up their friendship, and they haven't communicated since. Sarah, once a poor orphan, has realized her greatest dream: she is extraordinarily wealthy, and her business acumen and ruthless demands to get what she wants make her a desirable but demanding client for Scott. Meanwhile, Sarah reaches out to Kat, offering her a second chance at motherhood through her connection to an adoption charity. When Scott denies Kat's request to consider adopting, the fragile shell of their marriage begins to crack. This novel raises comparisons to Gone Girl and some of the other recent stories about characters who aren't who they seem, but McCluskey's beautiful prose elevates it above most of them. Her descriptions of both place and people are lush: "Kat woke early, as the sun was rising and the light changing from gray to gold....The gardens, with their fine morning mist, looked enchanted. She stood still for a while, breathing it all in, until she noticed that the patio doors were open and, as she watched, Sarah, in a cream-silk shirt and loose pants, came out." In contrast, the dialogue is simple and true. Above all, this is an exploration of the cost of grief and how it isolates even those who share the same loss. But McCluskey also suggests that everyone has the capacity to find the way through this lonely darkness and reach healing on the other side. Haunting and lyrical, understated and true.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781503953048
Publisher:
Amazon Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2016
Pages:
246
Sales rank:
952,268
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Mary McCluskey’s prizewinning short stories and essays have been published on Salon.com and in the Atlantic, the London Magazine, StoryQuarterly, London’s Litro, and other literary journals in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Hong Kong. She divides her time between Stratford-upon-Avon and Los Angeles.

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