By: Christine Bongers
Genre: Secondary Fiction - YFN - Family & home stories (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Random House
Published: 02 Jun 2014
ISBN: 9780857983763


I don't walk past the house next door. I wish the woman who lives in it was dead.
Which makes it hard . . . because she was the one who came running when I screamed.

Kat Jones is woken by an intruder looming over her bed. She's saved by Edwina - the neighbour Kat believes betrayed her dying mother. Her dad issues an ultimatum. Either spend her nights next door, or accept another intruder in her life - Hercules, the world's ugliest guard dog. It's a no-brainer, even for dog-phobic Kat. When she meets adorable Al at the dog park, finally Kat has someone to talk to, someone who cares. But the prowler isn't finished with Kat. To stop him, she needs Edwina's help . . and what Kat learns could mend fences - or break her fragile family apart forever.


Intruder tackles many coming of age issues like trust, friendship and your place in the world.

When Kat’s house is broken into while she is home alone, again, and the intruder touches her thigh, Kat is jolted awake, the shock causing her to take a journey of awakening from her broken past.

Her broken past includes her mother’s death three years earlier, her Dad working shift work all night, first as a musician and then as a baker, leaving Kat home alone, and Kat’s next door neighbour Edie who was once like a mother to her but who Kat now believes to be pure evil.

Throw into the mix Kat’s new friendship/romance with Al and her difficulty opening up to friendship given her past and Kat is in for a tough ride.

Slowly we discover the events in Kat’s life that have caused her problems and, with a big twist at the end, the story leaves us with hope for Kat’s future.

Strong teenage reading for those 14+.

Reviewed by Rob