The Magpies by Mark Edwards


Meet the neighbours from hell, in the gripping thriller that reviewers and readers describe as “fast-paced,” “chilling,” and “impossible to put down.” 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..

This is the best thriller I have read in quite some time. I really could not put it down, was totally gripped. I genuinely felt worried for Jamie and Kirsty and almost afraid to read on – but I had to find out what would happen to them. I read with a growing sense of dread and fear for the characters. Jamie and Kirsty are a nice ordinary couple doing nothing wrong. All the people in their building seem nice, ordinary people. And that’s what makes this story so scary: you feel that is could be real, you feel this could really happen. There are certainly enough stories of ‘neighbours from hell’ in the newspapers. An excellent pageturner from Mark Edwards. I believe we find out more about one of the characters in another novel so I’ll definitely be reading more by him in future. Five stars from me.

2 thoughts on “The Magpies by Mark Edwards

  1. Hi Joanne. I really enjoyed your review. I felt quite uncomfortable reading this book as I was once the neighbour from hell living in the basement flat….all will be revealed on Friday. Eek.

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