The Invasion

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Best read in one sitting. At home. Alone…

It was supposed to be a quiet end to a long day: five close-knit family and friends settling in for some much-needed sleep after coming together for an early Christmas party.

Instead, it’s the beginning of a shocking night of brutality when six intruders break into the sprawling residence of Debra Hillsboro, a middle-aged romance novelist with a fierce devotion to her loved ones and a strong kinship with her home of almost thirty years.

Armed with smartphones and a modern brand of madness, the intruders – an internet-age cult disconnected from humanity and addicted to causing fear and mayhem – have come to the secluded property for one purpose: to terrorize, and ultimately kill, everyone inside all while filming their heinous crimes.

Outnumbered and cut off from the outside world, the terrified occupants find themselves trapped in a fight for survival as a once place of safety is turned into a deadly maze of darkened rooms and forbidding hallways. On this sweltering summer night, they must somehow find a way to escape before the cult turns the beloved home into a house for the dead.


“Brett McBean’s THE INVASION is a cinematic, razor-sharp, and merciless experience in which you become willingly trapped within the walls of this house like a fly on the wall, watching – spellbound and captive – as all of this senseless madness unfolds. There are brutal lashings of early Ketchum-esque violence mixed with the delectable Australian flavour of Gabrielle Lord’s classic FORTRESS, only the end result is pure McBean: harrowing, dread-infused, and terribly, terribly tangible. It all feels real – the characters, the architecture, the coppery stink of blood as it seeps into the fibres of the retro shag rug. Yes, THE INVASION is undoubtedly one of the year’s best novels. It comes with my highest recommendation.”
-Aaron Dries, author of HOUSE OF SIGHS and A PLACE FOR SINNERS

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