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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Illusive Intrusion by Tomasz Chrusciel is a story of intrigue, dark days and romantic suspense. Niamh receives an offer of work, to be photographed for a travel magazine but, as she is only 17, her older sister Bianka must accompany her. They are sent to Gran Canaria for 2 weeks, all expenses paid, where they meet Goyo, the man hired for the photography. An unexplained blackout leaves the island in darkness and seems to have a dark effect on the people as well. Niamh falls for Goyo but Bianka doesn’t really trust him. However, she plays it close to her chest, as she doesn’t want to lose the friendship of her sister. When she finally thinks she can trust him, he tells her a disturbing and dark story about his friend, Elizabeth. Fear overcomes her but she must hold it together, for both her and Niamh’s sakes and fight against the dark forces at play.
For a first novel, Tomasz has a winner in Illusive Intrusion. I found it a little hard going to start with, but all the pieces of the story fall neatly into place, producing a terrifying story of love and fear, trust and betrayal. Illusive Intrusion is one of those rare stories that feels real, that makes you believe you are there, experiencing the story as it is told. I look forward to reading other novels by Tomasz Chrusciel in the hope that they are half as good as this – a story that I personally think would make an excellent thriller movie.