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The Magpies [Kindle Edition]

Mark Edwards
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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: 3319 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3I7N3Q
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,260 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176 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 280,000 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. FOLLOW YOU HOME will be released in June 2015.

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. The second, THE BLISSFULLY DEAD, will follow in September 2015.

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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231 of 244 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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104 of 111 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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39 of 42 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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33 of 36 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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59 of 66 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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41 of 46 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Losing One's Sanctuary 18 July 2015
Against my better judgment, I began The Magpies the late afternoon after finishing Follow You Home at two in the morning. Somehow I thought I could just put my Kindle down because I was still tired. Funny how easy it is to delude oneself, isn’t it?

Here we have another early thirties couple in fortuitous circumstances: Jamie buys the perfect flat in London with insurance settlement money unfortunately from the death of his parents, and his girlfriend Kirsty moves in with him. The future for these two is bright enough, so bright that you just know disaster is waiting, but you can’t tell yet from which direction. The basement or garden flat, as it happens, abode of Chris and Lucy Newton, who in short order become The Neighbors from Hell, although it takes some time to realize that their assaults are not limited to complaining about noise or ignoring folks on the front steps. Oh, not at all…

Just as harrowing—and page-turning—as the desire to discover exactly how far the Newtons will go and how they get away with it is the desire for Jamie in particular to get a grip or risk losing everything. But Jamie is often spineless, often gullible, and maddeningly reluctant to abandon his “perfect flat,” even when he knows—or thinks he knows—the extent of the Newtons’ evil, and more important, when he knows Kirsty may not remain to see what’s next in the line-up of horrors. In some ways, my desire to strangle Jamie for his incomprehensible behavior and bad choices diluted—almost!—some of the dry-mouth tension in the last half of the book.
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