10 December 2018

The Magpies

Psychological Thriller
A 2018 Top Rated Read

By Mark Edwards

Paperback 328 pages
Publisher Thomas & Mercer (26th Nov 2013)
ISBN-13 978-1477817995

'The Magpies is absorbing, claustrophobic and terrifying. Read this book! Then get a top notch alarm system fitted in your house.' Helen Fitzgerald, author of The Cry

📕My Review

Having read and reviewed Mark Edwards' excellent psychological thriller, The Devil's Work a couple of years ago, I was thrilled to get my hands on his earlier acclaimed novel, The Magpies. If you think you're living next door to the neighbours from Hell, think again - this book cranks it up to a whole new stratosphere!

Londoners Jamie and girlfriend Kirsty move into their dream apartment full of excitement and anticipation. With thoughts of marriage and starting a family on the horizon, they can't believe their luck buying the property for such a good price. After introducing themselves to the neighbours, they settle into their new home.

But it isn't long before a series of strange events brings their hopes and dreams tumbling down. They suspect their neighbours, Lucy and Chris Newton, of instigating a campaign of terror. Refusing to be driven out, Jamie makes a stand. But how far will he go to protect his home and the woman he loves?

The Magpies was a thrilling read; packed full of suspense and tension from beginning to end. I simply HAD to know if Jamie and Kirsty were strong enough to survive and whether the Newtons were the psychopaths they appeared to be. OK, so there were a few totally unbelievable moments but oh boy, how they added to the excitement!

The story progressed at breakneck speed, leaving little time for the reader to contemplate what would come next. My nerves were constantly on edge; I felt anxious and claustrophobic. This was MY sort of book.

Barnsey's Books Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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📗The Blurb

When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms.

But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie's best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.

As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back—but he has no idea what he is really up against . . .

📘The Author

I have sold over 2 million books since my first solo novel, The Magpies, was published in 2013. Since then I have topped the bestseller lists several times. My other novels are Because She Loves Me, Follow You Home, What You Wish For, The Devil's Work, The Lucky Ones and The Retreat. I have also published A Murder of Magpies (a short sequel to The Magpies) and six books co-authored with Louise Voss. 

I live in the West Midlands, England, with my wife, our three children, two cats and a golden retriever.

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