A hilltop village in Southwest France. The view is idyllic, and to an outsider, the lives lived there are too.
Suffering from mental illness since a child, retired Russian scientist, Karolis Dante Valentin, spends his days crafting puppets under the watchful eye of Dr Yves Chéron, who ponders upon his own retirement, determined to put an end to his solitary life. Father Gabriel Dubois wants no more than to stay in his church forever, but the Bishop of Carcassonne has other ideas. Clémentine Laffitte spies from her château tower, and the mayor, Robert Rousseau, spies back, whilst his mother refuses to leave her bed and his wife takes regular trips away. Meanwhile, local farmer, Lavigne, tends his vines which produce the earthy wine that sustains them all.
Together, the intriguing characters play hide and seek throughout the book, with entirely unexpected twists and turns that slowly unravel to reveal a mind-blowing conclusion.
The Interloper tells a tale of the fragility of the human mind, the intricacy of friendships and relationships, the interconnectedness of all things, and the delicate balance held by love, fate, and an ever-ticking clock. At times dark, disturbing, and deeply sad, and at others, haunting, hopeful, and amusing; the reader is drawn into the centre of the story and the people in it, to meet with a part of themselves that has long-since been hidden away.