Intrusion: A Novel

A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives.

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.

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3 Comments

  1. A mediocre read… Devastated after the loss of her only teenage son, Kat is struggling to put her life back together. Married for many years, she seems to have put her past behind her. However, one day an old friend suddenly reenters her life, precipitating unanticipated consequences for Kat and her husband. Building up slowly, Kat’s story comes to a very unexpected ending in the closing chapters of the novel. 

  2. A Book to Capture your Heart Kirkus reviewed this book, giving it a “starred” (exceptional book) review. But I didn’t need Kirkus to convince me to read Intrusion. I have followed Mary McCluskey’s short stories in magazines like Salon, the Atlantic, and other literary journals on the internet, so I was familiar with the very distinct quality of McCluskey’s prose, (smooth as butter!) and pre-ordered immediately. I wasn’t sorry and I won’t spoil it for you with too much…

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