Intruders episode one preview

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Here at Killer Reads we were hugely excited to hear that BBC America was going to turn one of our favourite books, THE INTRUDERS, into an 8-part TV show. We waited on tenterhooks to hear what the plans for UK transmission would be. Whispers reached our ears that it was probably going to air on BBC2, which seemed like it might be too good to be true. In the meantime, the transmission date for the US premiere was set for 23rd August. But when would we get to see it in the UK? It seemed so unfair – after all, although the novel, and the TV show, are set in the US, the author is British!

Then I got a very exciting email inviting me to see the first episode on the same day as it aired in the US. Michael Marshall was going to be in Brighton on the 23rd August, but BBC America had been kind enough to send him a preview disc and grant him permission to share it with a small group of family and friends – and he in turn was kind enough to include me in that group.

It was a huge privilege to get an early look at the show and thankfully it didn’t disappoint. For those who have read the book, the opening scene might be somewhat confusing – the show begins in a completely different way from the novel. It’s less hard-hitting, but immediately intriguing and I thought a very clever way of drawing viewers in to the story.

Episode one as a whole is something of a slow burn as there are a lot of characters and ideas to introduce, but in my opinion it’s no bad thing for a show to take its time with the set-up and trust the viewer to have a bit of patience. BBC2 have probably made a wise decision in starting off with a double-bill of episodes one and two so that viewers will have a chance to really get to know the characters, become engaged in the story and sink into the compellingly creepy atmosphere.

It’s a particularly well-cast show, with John Simm, Mira Sorvino and James Frain all taking key roles and inhabiting them with ease. The standout performance, however, has to be that of ten-year-old Millie Brown. If you’re a fan of chilling performances by child actors, this is your kind of show.

But what did the author himself think of it all? On your behalf, I asked him, and he said this:

‘As an author what you most hope for is that an adaptation preserve the spirit and intention of the book – and this series does that in spades, developing the mystery slowly and ominously until it seeps into your bones. Add to that the array of people working at the top of their game – the great cast, of course, but also Glen Morgan’s show-running genius, Mark Freeborn’s production designs, Bear McCreary’s extraordinary score, quality directors like Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Stamm … Some of the most talented people in television have given this show their very best, and I’m delighted with the result. It’s striking and unusual, insidious and compelling. You may love it, you may hate it — but I guarantee you won’t say “Meh”.’

Tune in to BBC2 at 9pm on Monday 27th October to find out for yourselves.

The Intruders is the first book in the Killer Reads Book Club – want to discuss the book and / or the series? Come and join us here.

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We are very excited to announce that in October we’ll be kicking off the first ever Killer Reads book club chat on Goodreads!

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We’ll be kicking the chat off with Michael Marshall’s The Intruders, which is about to hit our screens as a BBC adaptation coming at the end of the month! We’re going to read it before we see it, and would love you to join us and discuss the book with us at the end of October. Find out all the details in the Goodreads group and if you’d like to win a copy, see below!

Haven’t heard of The Intruders yet? Here’s publisher Jane Johnson to tell us a bit more about it…

“Because in the beginning, there was death.”

When Michael Marshall delivered his paranormal thriller THE INTRUDERS to me in 2007 I didn’t sleep well for days: he has the chilling ability to spin a terrifying and complex web of intrigue that will make you so paranoid you’ll be questioning the identity of everyone you hold most dear.

Now it has been adapted as an 8-part series for television by BBC America, called simply INTRUDERS, starring the acclaimed actors John Simm and Mira Sorvino as Jack Whelan and his wife Amy. But you can scare yourselves to death ahead of its UK screening on BBC2 this autumn by reading the original novel.

Jack Whelan is a former LAPD cop with a troubled and violent history that has been carefully buried under the idyllic life that he and his beloved wife Amy have painstakingly constructed for themselves. But when Amy suddenly vanishes, the whole edifice disintegrates.

And when Jack’s old high school friend, Gary Fischer, shows up on his doorstep asking for help with a murder case, the more complex and surreal Jack’s life becomes. What he uncovers as he searches for Amy and tries to help Gary leads him down a dark path into his own past. But it will also carry him closer to terrifying revelations about a secret society known as Qui Reverti, which is devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others.

Win a copy of The Intruders!

To win, just sign up to the Goodreads group and email your postal address to killerreads@harpercollins.co.uk. UK entrants over 18 only, and please send all entries in by midnight on the 3rd of October. We’ll pick 10 winners at random who will receive a free copy of the book the following week!