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The Magpies [Kindle Edition]

Mark Edwards
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,051 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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'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

About the Author

Mark writes psychological thrillers. He loves stories in which scary things happen to ordinary people and is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell, Ian McEwan, Val McDermid, and Donna Tartt.

Mark is now a full time writer. Before that, he once picked broad beans, answered complaint calls for a rail company, taught English in Japan, and worked as a marketing director.

Mark co-published a series of crime novels with Louise Voss. The Magpies, his first solo, topped the UK Kindle charts for three months when it first released. Since its success, the novel has been re-edited and published by Thomas & Mercer. Mark is now writing his next spine-tingling thriller to be published in late 2014.

He lives in England with his girlfriend, their three children, and a ginger cat.

He can be contacted on
Twitter: @mredwards

Product details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,051 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #198 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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229 of 241 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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101 of 108 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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37 of 39 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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 27 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was recommended this book by a friend, I downloaded it and started reading on a long train journey. The journey flew by and I couldn't put it down, I needed to know what happened!

The story is creepy in parts, and the really scary thing is that it could happen in real life! I enjoyed the style of writing and felt the story flowed well.

I would recommend this book if you are looking for a psychological thriller that you will want to finish in one sitting!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book has been recommended to me by a co-worker. When I read the description of the story, I found the idea intriguing and decided to order the paperback from Amazon. Even worse, I ordered two books by the same author at the same time ('because she loves me'). It is only February 2015 but I get the feeling those will be 2015's worst spent £14!

The premise of the story is quite simple: two lovebirds move into their perfect 'nest' only to realise they have neighbours from hell. Soon the nightmare starts and Kirsty and Jamie find dead rats on their doormat, spiders running all over the flat and unordered taxis come by their flat during various hours of the day and night...Simple idea that in the hands of a skilful author could be a masterpiece but sadly in the hands of Mr Edwards it reads like a story written by a fifteen-year old for a school project. The vocabulary, dialogues and grammar structures are very simple. The characters are two-dimensional at best. The descriptions of love scenes are awkward. Worst of all, it must be the first psychological thriller I read that had no twist whatsoever. What I love about psychological thrillers are the new clues and red herrings that make you question what you think you know . Here this was non-existent. The attempt at red herrings was laughable. There was no build-up of tension in the story as basically one nightmare followed another nightmare and another nightmare then followed...etc. At some point you just get used to the fact that nasty neighbours will do nasty things unless the couple moves out...

As a keen reader of psychological thrillers, I would never recommend this to anyone. I cannot grasp why this book received so many good reviews. I had high expectations for this one, sadly was left greatly disappointed.
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Needs Good Neighbours... 1 April 2013
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Fresh from his success as part of an ace writing duo with Louise Voss, Mark Edwards goes solo with new release 'The Magpies'. Billed as a psychological thriller which raises questions about the depths of despair your neighbours can take you, Edwards manages to provide so much more than just another 'nasty neighbour' story. Creating characters you really feel for from the off, it is the incredible amount of dread which drips off the page which raises this book above its counterparts.

Deftly skilled and excellently plotted 'The Magpies' begins almost sedately, with our heroes Kirsty and Jamie moving into their dream flat, only for that dream to be slowly torn apart across the story. The normality of their lives is in stark contrast to what comes next, with the introduction of Lucy and Chris Newton, their downstairs neighbours. With each day comes just a little more horror, creeping into the narrative forcing you to read on. What Kirsty and Jamie go through is horrendous, and you'll be turning the pages (or clicking that button on your kindle!) quicker and quicker as you reach the horrifying ending.

Absorbing and frighteningly all too real for those who have experienced the nightmare of bad neighbours, 'The Magpies' is a fantastic story, which really shows off the versatility of Edwards. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Great story and characters
I could not put this book down. Loved it. Great story and characters.
Published 1 hour ago by julie
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing conclusion - but a good read.
Having sped through this book, and being on the edge of my seat, I was very disappointed with the ending. Read more
Published 5 hours ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
From the start you are gripped, with will will happen next. Makes you think twice if you thought about buying a flat...
Published 8 hours ago by suzieq
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea poorly executed
This could have been a great book if someone else had written it! There is no suspense, no wondering who was guilty, not one likable or even believable character in the whole... Read more
Published 10 hours ago by leo lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent read
I liked this book from the beginning. I always wanted to read that next chapter to see what twisted thing happened next. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by Ian Bro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant story, quite a twist to it too. Enjoyed it
Published 1 day ago by Maureen Symes
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner
Easily 5 stars a great easy read, I couldn't put it down you won't be disappointed. I will be reading more of his books now
Published 1 day ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magpies reviewed byJill M West
The magpies is an extremely claustrophobic book to read. Jamie and Kirsty buy what seems to be an ideal flat in an amazing London location. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jill M. West
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books that I have read so far
One of the best books that I have read so far. Just didn't want to put it down and sad when I finished the book as I enjoyed it so much. Read more
Published 3 days ago by MelPeachey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this book. couldn't put down.
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