Original title: L’intrusive

Publication Date:

January 2021



Original language and publisher

French | Editions XYZ

Territories Handled

English (World excl Canada), France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

France (Le mot et le reste)


Crime & Thrillers


Original title: L’intrusive


4.43 stars on Goodreads

A psychological thriller flirting with horror that keeps us on the edge of our seat from beginning to end. […] Skillfully blurring the boundary between dreams and reality [Claudine Dumont] twists the reader in her spider’s web, keeping him captive, playing with his sense of orientation. — Iris Gagnon-Paradis, La Presse

Three words come to mind when I think back on my reading of this novel: intriguing, peculiar, and disturbing. You don’t come out of this reading unscathed. It haunts you. […] A very interesting discovery! 4 1/2 stars — La bibliomaniaque (blog)

The author of Anabiose offers a disturbing novel with hypnotizing writing, impossible to let go.  — The Booksellers

A story of exciting psychological suspense. […] This particular thriller leaves its mark: what is the true nature of our dreams and insomnia? Enough to keep Intrusive in mind for a long time! — Josée Boileau, Le Journal de Montréal

This expertly woven psychological thriller explores the dark sides of the human psyche—it is a haunting, gripping tale you won’t be able to put down until the last page is turned. A reflection on one family’s legacy of female violence, with an obsession for perfection.

Something lies in wait—there, just under the surface of consciousness; a memory, a monster lurking under Camille’s bed. She hasn’t slept for weeks. But sleep is important, especially if she wants to see her beloved niece Jeanne, who needs to learn how to stand up for herself. So Camille agrees to visit Gabriel, and will abandon herself to his strange machine that searches the hidden areas of the mind. But fear nags at her…what will happen if she loses control?

“Something is calling out to me. It’s the sound of pain—unbearable and familiar. No words, only a moaning, scarcely discernible, hidden in the rustle of the apple trees. My skin bristles with chills. A stench threatens to envelope me, make me sick. My throat closes. I can’t breathe.”

Claudine Dumont returns to a formula that echoes the success of her first novel: a strong female protagonist plagued by anxiety who must confront her ghosts in order to survive.

Marketing Information

  • English sample available soon