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ARC Book Review: Intruders by E C Scullion

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Title: Intruders
Author: E C Scullion
Publisher: Red Door Press
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Format: Kindle
Pages: 320

Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in the exchange for an honest review!

Plot Outline:

“There is a safe, in a house, inside a secure compound in South America.

Your job is to bring me the contents of that safe.”

Disgraced security consultant Tom Holt accepts a job from a mysterious lawyer, on behalf of a client named Capricorn.

Holt’s team comprises Anil, a safe-cracking ex-con; Ray, a disgruntled logistics man, and Becca, a fiery red-headed thief with as much attitude as she has talent for picking pockets.

On arrival in the alluring Argentine city of Buenos Aires, Holt’s past swiftly catches up with him. As he begins to question the client’s motives, he finds there are darker, more sinister characters who show loyalty to his employer.

Who is Capricorn?

What’s inside the safe?

Tom Holt is about to discover how far he will go to expose the truth, even if it means risking everything, including his own life…


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Review: *Please note, there are spoilers in my review*

I have had this book on my kindle for a couple of months now, just begging to be read, and I am so glad that last night I decided to listen and take that book for a read … The Intruders felt like Oceans Eleven had been placed in my very own book; with all the twists, plots, and cursing’s that accompany a job that could potentially destroy the lives of everyone involved.

The Prologue shows a snippet of the past, where a woman in a green coat is being followed by a guy (who we later find out is called Anton) because of something that she was or had done, which has upset Anton’s employer, Capricorn. Aroused with suspicion of what is about to go down, the first couple of chapters introduces us to Tom Holt, Albert Denham, Ray, Anil, and Becca. However, it must be added that it felt like a slow build up with this plot; it did take a good 25-30% of the book to get fully into it.

Denham is the lawyer of Capricorn, who is tasked with getting Holt to break into Sabina Cordero’s house, as she is blackmailing Capricorn with the contents. Unsurprisingly, Denham doesn’t tell Holt what the job is, until he goes to the office and signs a Non Disclosure Agreement. Once Holt does, he is given a phone and credit card and asked to travel to Buenos Aires to meet his team. When Holt gets to the destination, he meets up with Ray, who gives him a lift back to the apartment that are all staying in. Anil and Becca are waiting for them when they turn up. It is clear at this point that all individuals keep their cards very close to their chest about skills and knowledge they have regarding the job, and they don’t particularly feel impressed at being controlled or handled by Holt. Holt knows that he is the one leading and organising the break in, but other than that, he doesn’t know anything.

Anil is the safe breaker, Ray is the ex-policeman and Becca can pickpocket. I did love the fact that in certain chapters, we are taken away from the story line and given background information on all the characters to give us an idea on why they are working for Capricorn. I did at times, feel sorry for the lawyer, Denham; it was clear that he didn’t enjoy working for Capricorn and in the end, it cost him his life. Although, the one character I did find it hard to understand and like was Ray (no surprise there). The last one to have their past reveal (which was teased throughout the book!!!) was Becca. Towards the end of the book, we found out that Becca is actually the niece of Capricorn. Yep, you read that right!!

Through observations, hard work, and adrenaline packed action from all characters, we see Holt, Becca, Ray and Anil carry out the break in to get the contents of that safe. Although warned by Denham to not look through the contents of the safe, once they returned home, Holt convinces Anil to download the USB drive (from the safe) contents on to a laptop. Adamant for the contents Ray to bring out a gun and aims it alternately between Anil and Holt. Holt hands over the USB drive and document, but Ray takes aim and shoots Anil dead. Ray then takes leave and heads for the airport. This is when we find out, that Denham isn’t the only one who has been calling the shots. Anton, Capricorn’s trusted guy, has been getting information from Ray during this time and had ordered Ray to kill Anil and bring the contents straight to the UK. With this in mind, I, at this point, was convinced that Becca had something to do with what was going on, and that maybe this was all a set up…

Towards the end of the book, it turns out that Holt had copied the contents on the USB drive on to the laptop before handing it to Ray. When he and Becca left the apartment after Ray shoot Anil, they went to a safe place, ditched their phones and started being a cosy couple. However, Holt wakes up to find Becca standing with Anton at the bottom of the bed, as Becca had betrayed him and they left with the laptop. After this, Holt uses everything he has to make sure that Becca stays safe, and that the information from the laptop could be sent to people who would look further into the details.

Overall, I loved this book! It kept me hooked after I got through the first couple of chapters. There were a lot of parts that I found difficult to read, as the descriptions were that graphic you could visually see everything so clearly. The background chapters on the characters gave insight which helped round out why the characters acted out the way that they did! Only downside was the ending. I didn’t get to find out whether; the contents were looked into? Did Becca and Holt meet back up again? Is Sabina safe? Did Ray run away? Does the Capricorn get taken down? I truly hope that there is a second book coming out!!

About The Author:

E.C. Scullion is British Author. She joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 2003. For the past eleven years she has managed to escape Westminster, working in British Embassies in Beijing, Bangkok, Panama City and Montevideo in Uruguay. She is a graduate of the Faber Academy and INTRUDERS is her first published novel. She now lives in Rome with her husband and two children.


Happy Reading, x

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