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What You Wish For [Kindle Edition]

Mark Edwards
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Marie Walker has vanished from the face of the earth...

Her besotted boyfriend, newspaper photographer Richard Thompson, vows to find her, convinced that Marie's unusual beliefs hold the key.

But a shocking discovery makes him question if he ever really knew his girlfriend. And when people around him start to die, Richard is plunged into terrible danger.

Drawn into the world of a sinister cult and the darkest corners of the Internet, Richard finds himself increasingly out of his depth as he discovers just how far people will go to protect what they believe in...

Revised edition: This edition of What You Wish For includes editorial revisions.

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Praise for Mark Edwards

'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...' —Elizabeth Haynes

'Astonishingly good.' —Peter James

'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.' —Luca Veste

'Loaded with the same emotional intensity and pervasive unease that made The Magpies such a gripping novel, What You Wish For is a slick and twisting story which tests the line between love and obsession, belief and delusion, against a backdrop of bizarre cults and mysterious deaths. Genuinely unputdownable this is another must read from Mark Edwards.' —Eva Dolan, author of Long Way Home

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.

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

He can be contacted on
Twitter: @mredwards

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2064 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (24 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JRK20SE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #646 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant Read 29 Aug. 2014
By dib
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved the book. Totally enthralling from start to finish. A brilliant example of cult behaviour. The emotions of love and obsession are created with true feeling and insight. This is the first book I have read by Mark Edwards and I will definitely be catching up on the others. Perhaps there will be a follow up ?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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When Richard falls in love with Marie, he thinks he has everything he could ever want. Life is just perfect except for one small thing………. Marie’s obsession with aliens and the absolute unshakeable belief that they will make contact with the group she belongs to. Richard, a complete unbeliever, pushes her fixation to the back of his mind, and they agree to differ - until that is, the day Marie disappears………. Determined that she would never leave him willingly, Richard sets about trying to find her. As he digs deeper into Marie’s life and meets her friends, he finds himself dragged into brainwashed cult members and the money orientated manipulators who control them, he wonders if he will ever find her in time……….

I liked Richard from page one, an ordinary unassuming newspaper photographer, but tenacious to the end. At times I wanted to shake Marie but the more her past is explained to us as the story unfolds, it becomes easy to see how she could be dragged into the alien cult life.
The end is incredibly surprising – I never saw that coming :)
Don’t be fooled by thinking this is a book all about flying saucers and little green men. No !!, this is a story of love, obsession and the scary reality of how cults can happen. A really great read, you won’t be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book has it covered from all sides 12 Oct. 2014
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What you wish for is a real insight into both sides of a story about belief, conspiracy, faith and love and how all these things can come to a head to the ultimate happiness or perhaps leave you still yearning for more, with more questions and unresolved issues than the start.

A constant back and forth between rational explanations and a hint to the unknown this book is not only about the relationship between Richard and his lost love Marie, but about how they have affected, brought together and torn apart others in their quest to believe in something, no matter how different from each other's ideals

Whether you are a believer or not in the unknown or any faith this book will have you convinced then sway you back and forth all the way to the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I was captivated from the start with this book having read one of the authors previous books 'Because she loves me'. The story-line grabs you and keeps you guessing throughout the book. Most people through their lifetime will come across a belief system themselves or by knowing a friend or family member who has been 'caught up' in that system. We all look for answers to the question, 'Are we alone?' or 'Is there really a God?'. The author cleverly builds a story around alien abduction in a sinister way which taps into some of the weird cults that pop up here and there and how brainwashed followers can become. The thing I like most about the book is that it is an unresolved story which leaves the reader to find their own conclusion.........depending on their own belief system. Still, a story that some would argue, could have an element of truth in it...................................somewhere?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sc norfolk 21 Jan. 2015
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After reading "Magpies" and "Because She Loves Me" by this author, I decided because I loved the other two books and gave them 5 stars , to read "What You Wish For". I was, however, disappointed with this book as it wasn't as interesting as his previous two books. Maybe it was because it was the first one written. It didn't have the same "can't put it down" quality about it. Sorry. Would definitely read this author again if he writes another book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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a well written and enjoyable read but no surprises. i would recommend it though as it has a good storyline and i was always looking forward to being able to pick it up to carry on reading, i did however have an idea what was going on and so the ending came as no surprise, but despite that it did not detract from a well laid out, well written and good paced story. My first read by this author and i am already looking to get some more of his books. i have given it 4 stars only because i found the ending a bit too easy to predict.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mysterious page turner. 27 Dec. 2014
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I loved this book. I am from Hastings so it brought back lots of childhood memories! A real page turner that kept me hooked all the way through. The ending has kept me thinking about the book after completion. It has stayed with me for many good reasons. I am very much looking forward to reading The Magpies next!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 7 Aug. 2014
By Christine M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Marie vanishes and her boyfriend goes on the hunt for her. Marie is an obsessive believer in aliens, Richard is not. Richard's search takes him to Brighton and the States, as he follows her tracks. He encounters cult groups and bizarre alien sex photos en route to the truth.

I really wanted to like this book, but it never really hooked me as a reader and the ending felt flat. The story is a romance, with a combination of the X-Files mixed with The Following. If you are familiar with both series, you probably won't get anything new from this book. I didn't take to the lead character, Richard. I found him rather annoying and soppy. His girlfriend dumped him and her cat, and he doesn't even get angry about it. He gets philosophical. He just didn't seem that believable to me. I was more interested in Marie and her view of the world. I think the themes of aliens and ufology, together with cults are fascinating. In this case, it just didn't seem to come together to work for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and far fetched
I have really enjoyed some of Mark Edwards' other books so was quite excited to get start this one.
Let me quickly say, I'm not in the habit of leaving negative reviews but... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars ET go home - and stay there!
I am a fan of Mark Edwards' other books. In fact I am working my way through them. This has been the most disappointing in terms of character, theme, subject, ending etc. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by E. Olver
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Loved Magpies and Killing Cupid but, for me, this book wasn't quite as good.
Published 2 days ago by L. Sims Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars The strength of belief
After a few chapters I thought this book wasn't for me - aliens isn't a story line I usually enjoy b it I kept on reading. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Michelle Booth
4.0 out of 5 stars would recommend
Was pretty good, easy read, not to taxing with good character. Enjoyed it for what it was. Would recommend for a good read.
Published 7 days ago by Ms. J. L. M. Wagstaff
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Thompson is a photographer working for a local newspaper ...
Richard Thompson is a photographer working for a local newspaper when he is sent to Ease Hill, Hastings following a reported UFO sighting. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Hullabaloo22
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A great read lots of twists and turns a must read for any sci fi geek . Hope there will be a 2nd book?
Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Brilliant as usual.
Published 11 days ago by Brelade1
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good story moved along well. Will try another by this author.
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure
I found it rather long winded. Jury out. Ended a bit abruptly however, liked the idea but didn't grab me
Published 12 days ago by COMAN RICKETTS Abbi
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