When Ed's mom suffers a sudden and fatal heart attack, Jaz refuses to let tragedy halt her plans to marry the man of her dreams. However, his mother's death does leave the couple with some ends to tie up before setting sail for their honeymoon in the Bahamas. Ed's inherited childhood home needs urgent repairs before going on the market. Therefore, Ed and Jaz pay the secluded seaside town of Treeve, Cornwall a visit to arrange the pre-sale restoration. Their stay is a melancholy experience for Ed from the start. Conversely, Jaz finds the tranquility appealing in comparison to the urgency of life in London. Of course, Ed and Jaz fall into distress as their presence attracts the attention of Ed's obsessive high school sweetheart, her browbeater boyfriend, and Jason Jacks, a wedding photographer who twilights as a sadistic serial killer.
West spends a considerable amount of time developing his characters while the story gets off to somewhat of a slow start. He creates a realistic setting and establishes a profound evil tone tantamount to the treachery taking shape. The moment everything is in place and Jason Jacks makes his move, the action picks up quickly. West's witty play with dialogue adds a sickening touch of humor to the story while he mocks his own characters using phrases like "his evening meal" to describe Jaz's perception of Ed being forced at gunpoint to eat his own vomit while their tormentor has her bent over the kitchen table. These satirical moments magnify the gut-wrenching suspense throughout a torrential outpouring of the evil that lies within the hearts of men. Home Intruder does not need flashing lights or supernatural forces to keep reader attention. The horror devised by Jason Jacks alone will remind you to keep your doors locked.
I give Home Intruder a rating of 4 / 5 stars.
Home Intruder is now available for Kindle at Amazon.com.