Christine Bongers

Random House Australia
2 June 2014


Christine Bongers

If you like Fiona Wood, Cath Crowley or Jaclyn Moriarty, you’ll love Christine Bongers’ gripping new coming of age story, Intruder.

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 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 adorkable 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.


One night, Kat wakes up to find an intruder in her room. She screams and the man disappears, but the event becomes a catalyst for Kat, and those around her, to confront a number of problems they have been ignoring. Since her mother’s death, Kat’s father has been working late shifts, leaving Kat alone in the house. Kat’s safety is at risk and although she loathes her mother’s best friend, the ‘evil witch’ who lives next door, she has re-entered her life, along with a very slobbery dog named Hercules. A boy named Al also appears and is a friend to Kat as she tries to find out what is happening to her and struggles to cope with all of her troubles.

Intruder is a satisfying read containing some crime, some romance and some drama. It’s a really nicely constructed story about family, grief and healing, and it stars an absolutely charming dog.

Kim Gruschow

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