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The Magpies [Kindle Edition]

Mark Edwards
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'Mark Edwards achieves what other writers yearn for, by creating characters that genuinely feel like real people, individuals you know personally–and then puts them into the scariest of situations so that we cannot help but suffer with them. Edwards takes the places that should feel safe and subverts them, shifting the ground beneath our feet, until we’re left clinging to the book, hoping against hope for a positive conclusion. There’s something deeply unsettling about The Magpies – and that’s exactly as it should be.' —Elizabeth Haynes

'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

'A spectacularly gripping novel, full of intrigue, mystery, fear and suspense.' —Kim, The Book Worm

'The narrative arc pulls you in and refuses to let you go until you've found out how it ends.' —Lloyd Paige

'You simply need to know what is going to happen next, even if you are shouting at Jamie and Kirsty just to get the hell out of there! I highly recommend this book; it is a thrilling and hugely entertaining read.' —Jonathan Hill

'The Magpies is a cunningly-crafted piece of psychological crime fiction which burrows into the brain with a plentiful supply of ‘what if’ moments that’ll have you concerned about your own closest neighbours.' —Keith B. Walters

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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 . . .

The Magpies is a gripping psychological thriller in which the monsters are not vampires or demons but the people who live next door. It is a nightmare that could happen to anyone.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2946 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3I7N3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,675 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I write psychological thrillers. My influences include writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell, Ian McEwan, Val McDermid and Donna Tartt and movies like Rosemary's Baby, Single White Female, Fatal Attraction and anything in which scary things happen to ordinary people.

I love hearing from readers and always respond. I can be contacted in the following ways:
Twitter @mredwards.

My first solo novel, THE MAGPIES, topped the Kindle chart in the UK and has sold over 250,000 copies. WHAT YOU WISH FOR followed in March 2014. BECAUSE SHE LOVES ME was published September 2014 and also reached No.1 in the UK.

You can also download a free short story for your Kindle here:

I have co-written five novels with Louise Voss: CATCH YOUR DEATH, KILLING CUPID (chosen by Peter James as his book of 2012), ALL FALL DOWN, FORWARD SLASH and FROM THE CRADLE which is the first in a new series featuring DI Patrick Lennon.

After a career that has taken in everything from picking broad beans and answering complaint calls for a rail company to teaching English in Japan and being a marketing director, I currently write full-time.

I live in the West Midlands with my wife, our three children and a ginger cat.

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223 of 235 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This could be real... and that's scary. 23 Mar. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When Jamie and Kirsty move into their new flat, everything seems perfect. But not for long... Firefighters and pizza deliveries start to show up at their front door, and it becomes clear that their new neighbours are starting to play hoaxes on our loved up couple. Their tricks turn into genuine hostility, putting Jamie, Kirsty and their friends in danger. The police can't help, and Jamie starts to question not only his sanity, but how far he is willing to go to stop their neighbours from hell. This is a brilliant solo debut from Mark Edwards- forget zombies and werewolves, The Magpies is a seriously creepy novel!
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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody needs good neighbours... 22 Mar. 2013
The novel opens with the seemingly idyllic lives of Jamie, a software engineer and Kirsty, a paediatric nurse; a young couple who are very much in love and starting out in their first home together - the `perfect' flat in North London, where they plan to start a family, get married and generally be blissfully happy... But this is a psychological thriller, so there's not much chance of any of that! With 3 sets of 'suspicious' neighbours it doesn't take long before the terror starts. It's innocuous at first. Hoax pizza deliveries, targeted junk mail, unwanted parcels. Then it becomes far more sinister...

This is a fast-paced read with excellent characterisation. It was clear from the outset that the happy couple's lives were about to be thrown into turmoil, and the way it was all revealed was subtle and creepy enough to keep the feeling of dread trickling throughout.

Anyone who has ever had a dodgy neighbour will really relate to this book! Highly recommended.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chilling story, a little lacking in the telling 17 April 2013
By Lili
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There are some scary moments and the story is chilling, however the dialogue is rather irksome at times and the young couple's inaction in the light of such harassment is a little bewildering.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An expertly crafted psychological novel 9 Jan. 2015
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After many recommendations, I finally got around to reading this and was not disappointed. It tells the story of a young couple, Jamie and Kirsty who move into their first flat together - what is in all respects, their dream home. After a successful house warming party, the fire brigade turn up saying they had been called to their flat. it is clearly a hoax, and a confusing one at that but unbeknown to the couple, this is just the start of a spiralling descent into a hellish existence caused by what appears to be vindictive neighbours.

The story is crafted beautifully. It takes its time and builds up the tension perfectly as the crimes against our couple increase slowly in magnitude. There are parts towards the end that eerily echo Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary' as the overwhelming and crushing sense of helplessness on Jamie and Kirsty lead to drastic acts of revenge being planned.

One thing I liked about this book is the way that it (certainly for me) never fully revealed who was to blame for this devastating campaign until the end although we are ninety-nine percent sure, but throughout, I was wondering if I was being set up for some dramatic twist at the end. I will not reveal if there is one or not but the ending is superb and wonderfully realistic. Edwards breaks many of the conventions of this kind of book with his ending and I loved it.

Mark Edwards has not disappointed me yet with any of his books and each one I have read so far is completed in very few sittings. This was no exception.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put down... 29 April 2013
By Kath J
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This is a great book.. I really hated it when my train journey into work came to an end and I had to wait all day before I could continue on the way home..!!
I agree, it's like a modern day Rosemary's Baby but I preferred this because it was so much more believable.. This could happen..! I was freaked out by the spiders and convinced I would find one in my bath later that night.. (I didn't I'm glad to say)
I tried to guess the outcome and got it completely wrong. I was sad and suprised at the ending. The only thing that I was a bit confused about was why did Paul change so much? I thought it was going to come out that Chris had been turning him against Jamie, Kirsty and Heather.
I have never felt compelled to write a book review before, and I have read thousands over the years.. (but then I have never got so involved in the plot and the characters)
Think I have driven all my family and friends mad telling them how good this book is...!
I am now on a mission to find a book just as gripping.. I have this void to fill !
Obviously, I would recommend this book to everyone !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I never feel compelled to review books however even weeks after finishing this book I cannot stop thinking about it. When I read the synopsis I wasn't blown away but looks can be deceiving. This is a brilliant book which comes with a chilling realisation that Jamie and Kirsty's story could happen to anybody and probably has happened to many. The ending is less than predictable and certainly wasn't the fairytale ending that many of these sorts of books finish on which only adds to the book's appeal. The characters are well developed and so you can really empathise with Kirsty and they struggle with some truly psycho neighbours.. Not something to read if you're already weary of your own neighbours but an absolutely thrilling read!
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