Monday, February 27, 2017
Review of The Intrusions by Shav Sherez (Faber & Faber, 2017)
The Instrusions is the third novel in the Carrigan and Miller series. Unlike the first two, which had strong political foci, this outing is a more straightforward police procedural tale that pits the wits of the two main protagonists against a serial killer preying on female backpackers and also their bosses. At first it seems that Sherez has strayed from the political edginess that set the series apart into typical crime fiction cliché territory. However, the novelty in the tale is the contemporary nature of how the killer stalks and intimidates his victims through the internet, initially without them even realising their lives have been captured, and then ensnares them in a nightmare world of psychotropic drugs that lengthens time and heightens awareness of their suffering. Sherez uses this scenario to great effect, creating a high-tension, psychological drama that has the reader sitting on the edge of their seat. The result is shocking, gripping, and scares as much for the tale as the possibilities for how such stalking could affect the reader in real-life. While there are a couple of twists, the storyline got a little linear towards the end I felt, and while tense the tale ended quite quickly. Nonetheless, The Intrusions is another strong addition to what is becoming one of my favourite series.