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Joel Demetrius is quite looking forward to moving in with his new step-family, but as far as his sister Cassie's concerned, they're nothing but intruders. She doesn't want anything to do with Gerald and his two sons, and to make matters worse their new home is a derelict old house, neglected for decades. Joel thinks it's interesting. Cassie thinks it's a dump.But his sisteJoel Demetrius is quite looking forward to moving in with his new step-family, but as far as his sister Cassie's concerned, they're nothing but intruders. She doesn't want anything to do with Gerald and his two sons, and to make matters worse their new home is a derelict old house, neglected for decades. Joel thinks it's interesting. Cassie thinks it's a dump.But his sister isn't the only reason the house doesn't feel like a home. As fascinated as he is by the place, Joel has to admit there's something not quite right about it. Not only does he keep seeing things out of the corner of his eye, but his sleep is plagued by nightmares. He can't seem to stop dreaming about a terrified boy who keeps repeating the same fractured prayer:IF I SHOULD DIE BEFORE I WAKE, I PRAY THE LORD MY SOUL TO TAKE . . .As events in the house become harder and harder to explain, it seems that the line between nightmare and reality is getting steadily more blurred. And when the battle between Cassie and her step-brothers draws everyone deeper into the mystery, all four kids are forced to confront the question of just who the intruders really are....

Title : The Intruders
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ISBN : 9780552552615
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Number of Pages : 278 Pages
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The Intruders Reviews

  • Crissy
    2019-01-23 23:29

    I chose the Intruders because the cover has a intresting picture on it and it looks creepy and cool.I also chose this book because when I read the back it was good. Just by the title it just looked good.This book is Fiction it tells about ghosts and haunting but it could happen in real life though. It keeps you wanting to read more and more and its like a mystery. And can't believe what happens to Joel Demitrius and Tim step brother when they go through all these crazy things. They move a old house that has a lot of damage and needs to be fixed up in the middle of nowhere. The mostly main character is Joel he is nice and likes to try making his sister happy when she is in a bad mood when her mom got remarried and she has two stepbrothers Joel was ok with it, it didn't bother him. He was ok with everything and the new house and moving. They move to this old house and bad things happen to Joel and and his step-brother Tim. The main conflict is all these weird things are happening in the house and it's affecting Joel and Tim and only happens to them and the parents don't that that things are going on. They find out that two boys died there and was trying to reach out to them. At the end they find out their is bodies in their basement during a storm. After all that the house finally felt good and no longer have that feeling any more. I enjoyed the book because it was full of mysteries and it kept me intrested in whats going to happen next and just the ghost they talked about and them finding out what happend in the house. I realy like this book a lot it is a goog book.

  • Ingrid Jonach
    2019-01-31 18:06

    Things I loved about this book:1. The cover art2. The size of the book. No, not the number of pages. The actual measurements of the book. It was kinda square.3. That the blurb was the one sentence repeated over and over again: If I should die before I wake. If I should die before I wake. If I should die before I wake. Creepy.4. That the author was described as 'reclusive' in his bio.5. The book trailer. Wow! Oh, and the actual story!Things I hated about this book:1. Nothing.Yes, the overarching plot was simplistic and I had guessed the ending by about the forth chapter (and got a little impatient as the characters caught up) — BUT it was so well written and executed that I had to read every last word. Although I did have to shelve it for one night while my partner was out of town, because I was too freaked out being home alone to read about ghosties!

  • Hannah
    2019-02-22 17:13

    this is honestly, THE MOST AMAZING BOOK! I love it!The writing is so gripping and the story line is so engrossing. I have read this book 4 times and I re-reading it for the 5th time. It never fails to send shivers up my spin. I would highly recommend this to everyone!

  • Megan Otero
    2019-02-20 23:09

    In short, this story was a nice read, except for the fact that one of the characters really annoyed me with her bratty behavior. If you put yourself in the character's shoes, you will realize how creepy this book is.

  • Mark Ryan
    2019-02-04 20:16

    A fun ghost story romp that has a few clichés but revels in them and carries you along. Great characters. A not over complicated ghost and a lot of fun. Quick read. Would recommend

  • Ellie Ryan
    2019-01-27 19:24

    Enjoyable YA book. I could see the ending coming from about half way through but still enjoyed the writing. A good quick little read!

  • Abbigail Smith
    2019-02-06 00:04

    This book was very suspenseful starting in the second half of the book. The first half of the book was just a big character introduction and a lot of complaining from Cassie. My favorite character is Joel because he was the most mature of all the kids and I had a strong connection with him. I haven't really read a lot of horror books, but this one was at the top of my favorite reads. The only reason I gave the book four stars is because the English was very simple and almost not developed quite right. Overall this is a great read!

  • Qorry 'Aina
    2019-02-05 19:25

    I like the book. The story is kind of cliche but the author succeed putting elements that make the readers want to finish the book.Detail of the flashback and paranormal activities in the story are able to create a feeling of connection between the reader and the characters. The fear and misery of the ghosts are described quite beautifully so the reader want to know what happened dan why.

  • Teria Campbell
    2019-02-04 23:02

    The Intruders is a mystery book by E.E. Richardson. I came across this book because I needed something to read. At first the book was slow but then it got really interesting toward the middle and the end. At some points in the book I never wanted to stop reading but I had to because there were other things I needed to do. I would recommend this book to people who like supernatural stuff. If you get scared too easily then this book is probably not for you.

  • Catherine Hannigan
    2019-02-20 23:09

    For my project, I read the book Intruders by E.E. Richardson. Intruders is about 4 kids that move into a new house, and discover that something just isn’t right about it. The author did a great job with using detail and helping you imagine and understand the book. At some points, it felt as if you were actually in the book with the characters, due to the mass amount of details Richardson added. I could picture the scenery, such as the attic. However, the author does use repetition in one part of the book about the sister Cassie not accepting everything that happens, which slowed the story down and made it hard to keep reading. The author also does a great job on making sure that she does not give the ending away. She does in fact give hints to what has happened, so that the reader can try and guess what the ending is going to be like. I feel that the best part of the book was when all the kids came together to try and talk to the little boy’s ghost. Richardson used great details to describe what the boys message was and how he shattered the glass. She also tells the reader about how after the ghost boy appeared, the kids had to leave the attic and plan out another way to contact the ghost boy. I found this part the hardest to abandon while reading because is was so suspenseful and I wanted to find out how the kids were going to contact the ghost again without getting caught by anyone. In the beginning of the book the author described what the house looked like and how it was old and in the middle it describes the man who built the house and that will contribute to what happened at the end and why the boy is trying to talk to the kids. Due to this, I would say the main literary technique in this is imagery. The author goes into depth with details and it really helps the reader understand and enjoy the suspense in this book. As a person who generally doesn’t enjoy reading all that often, I thought Richardson did an amazing job at holding my attention throughout the book. I felt completely immersed in the story, and I even had a lot of trouble putting it down because I wanted to find out how children that young were going to manage to release a spirit that has been trapped in this house since the 1950’s. They had to find a way to put together everything the ghost boy was trying to tell them. All the kids had to find out why the ghost was trapped and who was after him. They couldn't tell there parents either because they wouldn't trust them so they had to sneak around and try to contact the ghost. All together Intruders by E.E. Richardson was a great book, that i would strongly recommend to those who like a good mystery.

  • Lari
    2019-01-31 20:14

    The Intruders is E.E. Richardson’s second novel for Random House Children’s Books and it is an excellent thriller for children around the age of 11-14 and is guaranteed to give them a good scare. The book will most likely give you goose-bumps and bring your fears to life in a way, like being scared of looking in the bathroom mirror and finding that you’re not alone, or wondering what’s lurking in your attic.The story’s plot isn’t really that unusually but the characterizations or the children are very well done, particularly the conflict between Cassie and Damon. The book is about a newly married couple and their respective children. They move into a rundown and haunted (unknown to them) country house. The man, Gerald, has two sons – mature yet sarcastic Damon and clever but shy Tim. The woman, Amanda has a stubborn, rebellious daughter, Cassie, and an easy-going son, Joel.In the book the characters Joel and Tim were both having the same nightmare every night of a terrified boy who was running for his life. A ghostly boy was seen running through the garden, movements just out of sight. A blood stained knife, blood stained bed covers. There are cupboards that lock themselves and unexplained breakages. All these weird and spooky happenings and the voice of a young boy repeating the same fractured prayer ‘if I should die before I wake, I pray the lord my soul to take’.The kids try séances, and historical research to try and find out about the house and its previous tenants and what really happened to them. Their determination and bravery to face the dangers and solve the mystery bring them all closer together. Some ‘new’ families don’t get on but it sometimes helps if they do, but in this situation the family was forced to get along with each other and work together to solve the mystery. An old derelict house stood on its own. Most kids would say it was haunted. In this case the kids were right. Lots of people think of cellars and attics to be full of cobwebs and are always dark, damp and dusty and therefore they seem spooky. The book brings these thoughts alive in your mind with a lot of events happening in these places because that’s where most people would expect them to happen.The book grabs you and pulls you in as it fascinates you constantly and keeps you so interested that you can’t put it down. You just have to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen next.A gripping and un-missable read, but maybe not by torchlight at bedtime.

  • Truly
    2019-02-04 18:14

    Saya ragu apakah cerita ini cocok untuk anak-anak, minimal remaja. Karena latar belakang cerita ini adalah dua keluarga yang akan menjadi satu saat orang tua mereka menikah. Dalam cerita ini kedua keluarga tersebut tinggal dalam satu rumah, padahal kedua orang tua mereka belum menikah! Walau tidak ada adegan sex, namun setidaknya bisa menimbulkan persepsi bahwa hidup serumah setelah bertunangan adalah hal wajar, Namun tidak di negara kita!Joel Demetrius dan kakaknya Cassie harus pindah ke rumah baru karena ibunya bertunangan dengan Gerald, yang telah membeli sebuah rumah baru. Jelaskan apa maksud saya!Gerald sendiri punya dua orang anak laki-laki. Damon yang sulung berusia setahun lebih tua dari Cassie, dan yang bungsu, Tim, sedikit lebih muda dari Joel. Tak seperti Joel yang dengan mudah bisa menerima kehadiran kedua calon saudara tiri mereka, Cassie benar-benar kesal karena harus pindah dan bergabung dengan keluarga barunya. Dia menjuluki mereka sebagai para pengganggu.Rumah mereka merupakan rumah tua yang tidak terawat. Menurut berita yang beredar, tidak ada yang tinggal lama di sana. Namun sejak tinggal di rumah itu, Joel sering mengalami mimpi-mimpi yang menyeramkan. Kadang mendengar suara-suara bisikan seorang anak yang mengucapkan semacam doa menjelang tidur. Ternyata hal itu juga dirasakan oleh Tim. Perseteruan antara Cassie dengan Damon dan Tim kian memanas. Guna membuktikan siapa yang paling berani, suatu hari mereka sepakat untuk melakukan upacara memanggil roh. Namun upacara tersebut malah membuat emreka lari ketakutan keluar dari rumah. Itu membuktikan ada sesuatu di rumah tersebut.Ketakutan yang mereka rasakan, tanpa mereka sadari malah membuat mereka kian mendekat dan mau menerima satu dengan lainnya. Terbukti dengan Cassie yang sudi bermain catur dengan Tim, mengurangi sikap saling mengejek, bahkan pergi ke perpustakaan bersama-sama.Sebenarnya ceritanya cukup seram, hanya plotnya dibuat sederhana sekali. Baru sebentar cerita ini sudah tamat. Mungkin karena diperuntukan untuk anak-anak, maka pengarangnya merasakan sudah cukup dibuat seperti itu. Padahal kalau lebih diperumit atau diperpanjang bisa lebih seru lagi.Namun yang paling membuat saya merinding adalah saat Joel mendengar kata-kata ” kalau aku sampai mati dalam tidurku aku bedoa semoga Tuhan menerima jiwaku disisi-NYA....” ampun deh seramnya!

  • M.L. Sparrow
    2019-02-04 17:07

    I first read this book when I was about eleven and it totally scared the life out of me! Almost a decade, and many re-reads later, The Intruders has lost it's scare factor, but remains one of my favourite book. I always find that books I loved during childhood remain my favourites no matter what! This book is aimed at children - probably ten upwards, I would say - and the writting style does reflect that, however, it's not simplistic in the least. Some of the descriptions are brilliant, not to mention creepy even as an adult. My only real fault in this area would be that E.E. Richardson repeats himself sometimes when discribing the characters, especially Tim. Moving on to the characters though, they are one of the main reason I adore this book. I enjoyed the dynamics between them and found the banter between Cassie and Damon extremely amusing, if a little immature at times - however, immature is allowed, after all, they are meant to be kids. My favourite character was Damon, but I felt that his character sort of faded out in the last few chapters when all the action was going on. I expected him to be in the thick of it, but he was almost off to the side-lines. Also, Joels characters changes drastically in the last few chapters as well, he suddenly seems a lot older than he did during the rest of the book. The thing that bothers me is that we never get told exact ages for the characters - we know they are all relatively close in age, but never get told exactly and I found that they appeared to be very different in ages, Tim being on the younger end of the spectrum - ten, maybe even younger sometimes - and Damon being at the older end - fifteen, sixteen perhaps.The story line was enganging for the age it's aimed at, though a little predictable - but that's probably just my grown-up self talking; I can't remember if I guessed the ending when I read it the first time! However, despite the little things I've found to pick at in this story as I grew older, I still have to give this book five stars, simply because it has kept my interest over the years and, even at twenty, I still enjoyed reading it. For more reviews visit my blog at

  • Zoë
    2019-01-23 22:15

    This book was okay. But just okay. It was basically the generic ghost story of a haunted house with a dark past, and our protagonists find out said dark past, and (view spoiler)[all is well again (hide spoiler)]. I wasn't really surprised at all by the story either. I think it was meant to be a twist that (view spoiler)[it turned out that the father had murdered his children and wife (hide spoiler)], but it really wasn't a shocker. I mean everything sort of pointed to that right away. The characters were alright. The beginning was pretty good and hooked me right away, it just got kind of dull and underwhelming towards the end. (view spoiler)[I also would've liked to see some interactions with the family after the conclusion. See Cassie and Damon start to get along, see her start to respect Gerald more, have Cassie's mother find out that she didn't really ruin the garbage bags (Cassie may have been a brat, but it's still not cool when someone gets blamed for something with zero evidence).(hide spoiler)].I remember trying to write a haunted house story too when I was in like sixth grade and it had the generic plotline of a brother and sister who moved into a new house with clueless parents who were all excited and didn't know what was going on, but the kids noticed strange things all the time. It's a decent enough kind of a story, one you could perhaps tell around a campfire on Halloween night, but we've all heard it before. There's nothing really new or interesting.It would be good I supposed for like a children's Goosebumps books (and hey, I'm not bashing that series, I love Goosebumps, it was literally my life during my childhood), but it wasn't as exciting or even as dark as I wanted it to be.

  • Kim
    2019-02-16 19:09

    What attracted me to this book at first was the dark cover art. Oooh, scary! Then when I turned it over and saw that scary night-time prayer on the back, I didn't even open the book before I got it from the library. The book is fairly simple to follow. You have the kids moving into a scary old house that's basically falling down around them. There's a lot of tension in the air because of the mixing together of two families and two sets of kids. Everyone was pretty likable, although I do have to say that I didn't much care for how Cassie handled herself. Everyone knows that when you have a lifestyle change, especially a big one like that, that no one's really happy at first as it takes time to adjust. Her acting like a creep wasn't helping anyone.Other than her snarky, mean attitude I thought that the book had a decent amount of suspense, good narration and had some decently scary parts. It wasn't scary enough to make me want to throw it across the room and say some prayers, but for the age group I guess some people would have their knees knock together a few times. For older readers, you may want to just have the plot hurry up and get to the end, because you may figure it out early. For younger readers, maybe read it with the light on when it gets to the scary parts. All in all, a good book to read around Halloween!

  • Eden
    2019-02-21 00:12

    Joel and Cassie are moving in with their step father and his kids. Joel doesn't mind so much, but Cassie definitely isn't thrilled about it. They move into a big, old house that needs a lot of fixing up. But Joel is excited about it being so big since him, his sister and mom lived in a small apartment.But as much as Joel likes the place, he begins to admit something is not right about it and whatever is there, is making it more and more clear.I've read one other book by this author called Devil's Footsteps and it is a creepy good story. The Intruders has a good, gripping story too and I found that I couldn't put it down.What made it less enjoyable for me was how Cassie character was written. When she is not complaining, she is a good character. And while I understand she felt that her new family was intruding on their lives, she could be mean. However, Damon was pretty much the same as Cassie. And what else bothered me was that whenever something happened, Joel and Cassie's mother always blamed Cassie. There was no even seeing if any of the other kids did it.Besides that, I liked the story and this author just seems to write books that really hook me in and make me want to keep on reading.While I enjoyed Devil's Footsteps more, this was a good read and it kept me reading to find out what would happen next. I would give it 3 and a half stars.

  • West Region,
    2019-01-30 01:04

    The Intruders by E.E. Richardson"If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take."These are the words Joel, and his stepbrother Tim, hear over and over again in their dreams. After having the same nightmares, they decide to search the creepy, old mansion that their parents have decided to move in to. Their new family of 2 parents and 4 kids not only have to deal with getting used to each other, but also with a haunted house that has visions of Others, and blood dripping, and glass breaking, and doors slamming. Have you ever thought that you’ve seen a ghost, or played with a Ojui board, or how about a séance? If you like to be scared, then read The Intruders. This supernatural thriller will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Grades 6 – 9, Spine-Chilling Horror, AHE-0990Submitted by Jocelyn Mullen, 10/9/07

  • Tyler Obenberger
    2019-02-21 18:06

    I just read an awesome book, The Intruders by E. E. Richardson. The story begins with a boy and his sister riding to there dads house with their mom because they want to try to live together again. The sister doesn't want to and is complaining. when they get there the house is in bad condition they will have to fix it. when they are fixing the house they discover many things they also find out a murder happened in the house but the body's were never found. Also the house is haunted they keep seeing ghost around the house and the main character keeps dreaming about the people being murdered. Will they find the body's or die read the book to find out. The whole book is very good. If you like horror books then you should read this book.

  • Karen
    2019-02-08 22:30

    OMIGOD i just finished this book literally minutes ago and it was....amazing. My little brother had found it while we were at the library yesterday, and as soon as i saw it i knew that i had to read it. he let me borrow it, and i started it today and I couldn't stop. I love the characters, and especialy the setting. The old, rickety house reeking with the ghost of a murdered young boy completely sets the scene, where at times when the stepsister and stepbrothers finally get along, can seem slightly cozy...but not for long. this book completely took me on a ride and had me shuddering with fear. i loved this book. haunting, GREAT emotion, stable and well build characters, perfect setting, and a most thrilling mystery.

  • Farah
    2019-01-27 22:05

    Cerita yang mirip Goosebumps. Satu genre banget deh.Buat gue, cerita ini seru. Tapi rada mengingatkan gue sama masa-masa smp gitu yah, dimana semua orang di kelas gue mengoleksi serinya Goosebumps (dan dimana newsletter Gramedia isinya buku2 R.L. Stine semua...)Ceritanya sendiri menurut gue ngga horor-horor amat. Cuma rada freak aja ngebayangin ada orang yang niat banget menanam mayat di tembok. Ya eyalah setannya gentayangan!!Tapi horor ini begitu... familiar gitu.. Gue jadi bertanya-tanya, dimana ya, gue pernah denger cerita ada suami sarap yang ngebunuh istri dan anak2nya sendiri terus mayatnya ditanem di tembok?? dimana ya?? *ngusep-ngusep dagu*

  • Adelaide
    2019-02-22 01:15

    It's been several years since I've read this book, so I don't remember all the details. Still, I remember The Intruders enough to say that this is a really good book. Or, at the very least, that was what I had thought back then.The most striking line that I remember is the prayer one of the boys kept saying. I don't remember the exact wording, but it added to the creepiness of the story.I haven't come across this book since then, but I'd like to read it again if I have the chance.

  • Ashleigh
    2019-02-15 20:01

    This book was acutally okay. =]From an adult point of view that story was a bit cliche and predictable, kind of reminded me of the story about the Grudge.From a young adults point of view this book would have been awesome. It kept me on the edge of my seat (despite me knowing that was happening) and I liked how the chapters weaved into the next, making you not want to stop reading.Looking forward to reading E. Richardson's other book.

  • Jepha
    2019-02-19 19:22

    I may officially be a 'growed up' now, but my love for YA books will never die.I don't give enough time to horror/thriller novels and I really should.This was intriguing and suspenseful, the scares were punchy and well written and without the need for straight up gore, which I appreciate.These days, so much horror is just about the slash and gore, less about the suspense and innate human fears.This book had just the right amount of fear triggering for a YA book.

  • Sharon
    2019-01-28 00:19

    Spine tingling and bone chilling novel by author E.E Richardson. Word of warning: Read with the lights on! For you never know what evil lurks in the dark.When Joel and Cassie moved in to live with their mother's new fiance and his family in a recently bought old abandoned decrepit mansion, little did they realize that their presence would 'intrude' into the lives(deaths?) of the house's original 'inhabitants'.

  • Helena Barber
    2019-01-28 23:29

    This is one of the best books I have ever read.I received it as a Christmas present years ago when I was a teenager. I would read it every night alone in my room before I went to bed - which definitely added to the whole experience. One time, my dad knocked on my bedroom door whilst I was reading and I screamed.It's left such an impression with me, that I still recommend it today. Maybe it'll be turned into a film - that would be fab!

  • Areana Eckman
    2019-02-20 01:18

    The Intruders was a very interesting book. I dont really remember everything fromt he book but its a book you would want to read. It was scary and unsuspecting. The family that was living at the house was very scared and did not know what to do. They learned about eachother more and others. They stuck together through everything.

  • Kristen
    2019-02-15 20:03

    A quick easy read that aimed at young readers about a haunted house. Similar theme you get in most horror stories - kids move home and their parent is shacking up with another partner who has kids. The kids don't get on but the activities that happen within the house bring them closer together and they become more of a family unit. Maybe not perfect but certainly able to call themselves one.

  • Severa
    2019-02-16 00:23

    Holy crap this book was amazing!!!! One of the best fictional ghost stories I've ever read!"If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take........."

  • Dana
    2019-02-08 18:11

    I really enjoyed reading The Intruders. It defiantly scared me, but the writing was not the best. It was quite repetitive. He re used the same sentences many times in the same chapter. However, when i read it before i went to sleep alone in my room, I found it terrifying! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a thrill!

  • Jamie Brooks
    2019-02-18 22:26

    Nice, easy read for me. I am a sucker for spooky stories, no matter how cheesy they are. I will admit though, the whole "If I die before I wake" prayer in this book freaked me out a little. Something about that just gave me the creeps lol. I also liked that this book was British. So the characters weren't just your run of the mill American teens. It gave a little more culture than that.