Intruder by Christine Bongers was impossible to not fall in love with . . . suspenseful yet not scary, full of real fears and the harsh realities of family life but also moments of laughter and love that transcends all. It really is beautiful, and along with Two Wolves I predict it will be on many a shortlist in the next year . . . Intruder is smart and funny, with authentic characters and poignant moments of insight and affection. Highly recommended.
Megan Daley, childrensbooksdaily.com
This is a complex, intelligent novel with its stubborn central figures who is 'difficult to help', as her new friend Al tells her … The dark, at times terrifying, story with its fairytale aspects … morphs into a heart-warming story about the nature of friendship . . . Recommended.
Helen Purdie, Magpies
This is contemporary realistic Aussie teen fiction at its best. Christine Bongers’ voice is engaging, drawing the reading in with her easy style and at times lyrical first person narrative.
CBCA Book Buzz newsletter
I love the gritty realism that defines this author's writing . . . Intruder is smart and funny, with authentic characters and poignant moments of insight and affection. Highly recommended.
Terrific. Gutsy, three-dimensional characters displaying equal parts humility, vulnerability, and bravado while tossing around some cracker one-liners . . . Christine Bongers writes with dramatic heart and unabashed confidence . . . A pure pleasure to read.
Dimity Powell, blog.boomerangbooks.com.au
Bongers does a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life with all their foibles; her descriptions of Herc and his interaction with Kat are priceless. There’s a lot of charm in this yarn, mixing humour and tension in a believable scenario that unearths home truths and serves up a warning about the dangers of jumping to conclusions . . . Kat and dog might not be superheroes, but they make a winning pair.
A novel of grief, acceptance and bravery in the face of what scares you the most . . . Intruder is an intriguing read that draws you into a drama with twists and turns in every page.
Jessica Townson, Townsville Bulletin