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 thei...more
I love thee not so frightening crazy neighbors ...
...and even more I love thee reeeeallly scary, bat-poop crazy ones...
THE MAGPIES falls under the category of reeeeeeeally scary bat-poop crazy ones...
When Jamie and Kirsty buy the flat of their dreams- they have happily ever after in mind. Soon after they move in- embarrassing junk mail, unwanted parcels, un-ordered fast food and noise complaints bombard their love-nest ...more
I have just finished The Magpies. Let me just say that you are one smart little thriller writer, yes indeed!!! I have to say this is one of the cleverest, if not the cleverest, suspense novel I have ever read. And this is your debut book? Brilliant!
As I waded into your story, I noted how fast the tension starts, actually beginning in the prologue. Nice start. As the story progresses, the tension meter veeeery sloooowly sneaks up little by little, to a taut 4-5, with an occasion ...more
Jamie and Kirsty are a happy young couple, both have good jobs, both madly in love and so excited to have bought their first dream home together, a flat in a sub ...more
Jamie and Kirsty have just bought their dream flat in London, they are full of optimism for the future and are looking at starting a family down the track. They invite their new neighbours over for dinner and soon they and some other friends go go-karting together. An accident at the go-kart track leaves a friend badly injured, but was it really an acciden ...more
Hi. I know it can be hard: you're starting out on your own as a new author, and it takes a lot of time to find your voice, so to speak, as an author. I just finished your novel "The Magpies," and I'll be blunt--I hated it. I thought it was complete dreck. However! For this review to be helpful not just to you as author but to any readers who might be naive enough to pick up this book (let alone purchase it), I will make this review constructive by offering my own unsolicited ad ...more
It has it all: the size, the view, and of course the price! You move in with your better half and life is GOOD!!!
But little by little, odd things start happening. Fire trucks show up at your flat for a fire that isn't there, pizza is delivered that you didn't order, excessive amounts of junk mail and parcels start to arrive. Some you chalk up to a mistake, some gets under your skin and starts to fe ...more
At first I thought of Rosemary's Baby.....young couple move into the perfect new "old" flat with super weird and suspicious neighbors. Next, Pacific Heights came to mind when all the strange little creepy crawlers started to appear among hoaxes, threats and sabotage. And then, I just couldn't believe it.....an eerie dream about running down a hill being chased and attacked by masses of black flying creatures.....ok, that was definitely a...more
After finishing the book I wanted to go and hug our wonderful neighbors, tell them how much we loved them and probably have the gossip-mongers in a spin. Finally proof, this woman is crazy. Point is, they have not read The Magpies by Mark Edwards.
And that's all I'm going to say. Uhummm...goodne ...more
Jamie and Kirsty, a young coupl ...more
I didn't really know what was going on with this book until I read the authors note.
Jamie and Kirsty are a new couple with everything going for them. They’re fabulously in love and have just taken the first big step by buying a new flat together. It is exactly what they were looking for: old world charm and close to the city for an easy commute. Although it was at the top of their price bracket, neither one could believe the price they got it for – it was a steal. The old ...more
Didn't like the any of the characters, especially Jamie was the worst one. Grown, educated man making stupid decisions, neighbors not getting alone. Even the police and fire department not doing anything. At least the wife knew what to do to save herself.
Jamie and Kirsty are a young couple very much in love, with a promising future ahead of them. They manage to find the most perfect flat in the midd ...more
I’m not thrilled with this book. The premise had lots of promise. It could have delivered much more psychological suspense, but there were inconsistencies, unanswered questions, and unnecessary sidelines. This review is going to be full of spoilers. Read at your own risk.
(view spoiler)[Right off the bat, I’m going to say the explicitness of the sex scenes detracted from the plot. It was totally unnecessary to include, for instance, the “p ...more
The story focuses on computer expert Jamie and his girlfriend nurse Kirsty who move into a dream flat in London. In the beginning everything seems fine, they make friends with the neighbours and generally feel good about their move. But things start to change and there are unexplained goings on.
This psychological thriller is addictive and is very d ...more
Jamie & kirsty were madly in love they thought all their christmases had come at once when the found their new flat seemed like the perfect spot to spend the rest of their lives they held a house warming to get to know the neighbours everything went well untill fire trucks turned up junk mail ke ...more
Choppy writing and too much back-and-forth dialog killed this for me. The premise is fantastic and had it been better executed, it could have been off the charts. My version had typos and missing words. It seemed like an early draft that needed editing. That said, I still found myself engaged in the story. I did want to know what happened in the end. For me this falls between 2.5 an ...more
Sorry,this book was just not for me,alot of my friends enjoyed it,so apparently it's just me.
My September book pal read, so thanks to Samantha., and also a first for this author, although this is his first solo book, but also semi based on a true story from his own past.
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: the horror writer and the middle-aged herbalist who live upstairs, and the ...more
What a creepy, psychological thriller! The Magpies is the debut novel by Mark Edwards. This is the second book I have read by this author and I was not disappointed. Mr. Edward's writing is very unique in that he ratchets the tension up early to a 4-5 and every so often it soars up to an 8 or a 10 then settles back around 4-5 but is never 0. I love that! There are a lot of books I read that use the first 1/3 or even more to set up the book where a lot of back ground is introduce ...more
The book started off really nicely following the life of Jamie and Kirsty as they move into their new flat and start their exciting new life together. The first few things that happened made me wonder who it actually was that was doing them and whether they were just coincidences even. My blood pressure and heart rate started to increase as the incidents got worse.
OMG! My heart was pounding! I was totally and utterly transfixed by the terrible thin ...more
The husband and I listened to this during our long car journey up to Yorkshire last week, and it certainly helped to pass the time. It was a couple of days before I got chance to listen to the last hour or so, but once I did, I couldn't stop listening until I reached the end.
This is definitely a book I would r ...more
Jamie and Kirsty are a couple of young lovebirds who are excited to be moving into their first flat together. They make the acquaintance of Chris and ...more
Finished. It did improve a bit but I felt the chapters were padded out to make the book longer. Interestingly, everything I didn't like about this book are the same in my own book which is why I have not tried to publish it.
It lacked the spit and polish of a good editor. It needed some sub-plots. The lack of them ...more
While this is a psychological thriller, this is one that I can safely say falls in the line of true horror for me. This is something truly horrific that can happen to anyone, and in fact, many similar circumstances have happened to many. When my husband and I purchased our home, I have to be honest and say I was definitely worried about what our neighbors would be like. What's worse than having the comfort and serenity of your own home compromised by something or someone beyond ...more
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