3 out of 4 stars
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The Intruder by Jessie Capps is a thriller novel. The 61-page book is divided into 13 chapters. The novel contains themes of love, courage, mystery, and sacrifice.
Rose and Jess had been dating for two years. Jess decides they should take a trip to an abandoned estate in town to celebrate their second anniversary. The estate is eerie, and Rose is uncomfortable. However, before they could turn back, Jess disappears, and Rose is attacked from the shadows. A year later, the case remained unsolved by the police. Also, Jess’s whereabout, whether alive or dead, remains unknown. Rose begins to receive strange notes and messages reminding her of the day Jess disappeared. Rose turns to Sebastian, her boyfriend, Jess’s elder brother, for help. With the belief that Jess was still alive, Rose decides to dig into the situation rather than back away. She goes back to the estate where it all happened. Things become creepier as she begins her search. Can Jess still be alive after all these months? Who is the person behind it all, and what have they done to deserve it? Read this book to find out that and more.
I love the author’s writing style. The book was direct and easy to understand. Though short, it is filled with suspense and mystery. The author was able to manage the themes well enough. I could never have guessed what was coming in the end.
My favorite character was Rose. Her courage was quite exceptional. Her love for Jess was evident. She never gave up on looking for her, even when she had reasons to believe Jess was dead. Many would have been paralyzed by the thought of going back to the building, but Rose went back to search for her partner. This is a lesson of hope, love, and persistence. I did enjoy the time I had with Jess. She was a witty character.
However, there are some things I dislike about the book. Some of the characters were not well developed. For example, Sebastian was quite crucial in the story, and yet we barely knew him. Although I understand the author was trying to stick with the mystery theme. I would have loved it if there had been a backstory to his character. I also felt the storyline was not well explored. The plot was too shallow, and some important details were left out. Therefore, I rate The Intruder 3 out of 4 stars. The book was well edited, as I found a few errors that did not hinder my reading experience.
Finally, I recommend the book to lovers of thriller novels and drama. The author left us with a promise of more. I will be looking forward to seeing where she takes the story in the sequel. I believe the storyline has great potentials.
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