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The Magpies

(The Magpies #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  19,806 ratings  ·  1,471 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published September 19th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer (first published March 21st 2013)
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Ellie Pace Well.... there's a dead rat... and a cat goes missing but generally turns out to be ok...

Does that count?
Shane O'Neill It's a stand alone book. Though characters in this book are mentioned in other of Mark's books. Same universe but no continuing series with the same…moreIt's a stand alone book. Though characters in this book are mentioned in other of Mark's books. Same universe but no continuing series with the same characters. (less)
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How do I love thee fiction about crazy neighbors???...let me count the ways...

I love thee not so frightening crazy neighbors ...

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...and even more I love thee reeeeallly scary, bat-poop crazy ones...

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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
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christine by: Kimberley personally
Dear Mr. Edwards,

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
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, Psychological Thriller Fans
This top notch psychological thriller is an outstanding read. The Magpies is a stunning and frightening novel of how everyday suburban life can go horribly wrong. Mark Edwards has the knack of getting into the human psyche and scaring us all with the brilliant characters in his books. Especially the neighbours in this book. Scary indeed.

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
Kylie D
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meet your new neighbours, the Newton's, they are a happily married couple, friendly, helpful, and are about to make your life a living hell...
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
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dear Mark Edwards,

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
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You've found your perfect home, the one you've always dreamed of and you can't believe your luck...
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
2.5 Stars. Oh Boy.....I had my ups and downs with this one.

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 eerie dream about running down a hill being chased and attacked by masses of black flying creatures.....ok, that was definitely a

A creepy story. A thrilling read. A psychological litmus test for the sane. A neighborly disturbance on steroids. Based on true events, or rather, true events inspired this novel. Halloween for grown-ups.

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
The Magpies is a psychological thriller by Mark Edwards, giving new meaning to the phrase, “Neighbors From Hell". First I liked the title choice, as magpies are birds known for destroying the nests of other birds. And so begins a nightmarish tale, where a young couple's life is tested to the force them out of their home. This book had me sitting on the edge of the seat, flipping the pages, with apprehension, to see what would happen next. Very creepy!

Jamie and Kirsty, a young coupl
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
A Creepy Halloween Book
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
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Don't recommend this book.

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.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Idarah by: Lisa
Shelves: read-2014
Books like The Magpies are risky investments for me. They can be either incredulous and/or poorly written. This book was neither of those things. In fact, I have subsisted on a heavy diet of mystery books for so long that it is nearly impossible to shock me...and yet this book managed to do so, and with the last few chapters in the balance, at that.

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
Dec 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Star rating did change after I wrote the following review:

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.

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Home sweet home. It is our sanctuary, where we have everything we need, where our loved ones sleep, where we keep our stuff, our very own comfy nest. Unfortunately for Jamie & Kirsty Knight, their dream flat is housed with someone who is a most unneighborly neighbor. Someone is turning the Knights' happy life into a nightmare. Is it the nutters downstairs, or the quiet herbalist with the cat named Lennon? Perhaps it is the older couple upstairs with the creepy Halloween decor? One thing is f ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Magpies' by Mark Edwards is a book I have been waiting to read for sometime following the rave reviews I have read from fellow Goodread friends.

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
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am just getting over what i have just read & i must say THANK YOU Mr Mark Edwards for writing an original story that can happen to anybody the characters really grabbed me & were believable.
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
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, The Magpies! Add this to the growing list of books that others adore but about which I am a little nonplussed.

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
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
Not my cup of tea. I found the characters reaction to their predicament irritating and irrational. They were so ineffectual. I know a book is supposed to evoke emotion(s) while you read it but aggravation is not the headspace I want to be in while reading.

Sorry,this book was just not for me,alot of my friends enjoyed it,so apparently it's just me.
Liz Barnsley
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think if I read any more good books this month, my head might explode. No, really, it might explode. Luckily for Mr Edwards, the police will not be arresting him for manslaughter because despite the brilliance of his solo novel, I managed to drink a decent cup of coffee just in time having finished it, so my brain is still intact. Just. Jamie and Kirsty find their perfect home (remember that feeling? I do!) and move in with visions of a happy fulfilling future together. At first everything rea ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent psychological thriller that takes an ordinary set of four flats occupied by seemingly normal people and turns it into a nightmare for one young couple. Jamie and Kirsty are thrilled to have bought their first home and after moving in do everything to try to make friends with the neighbours. But one set of neighbours is not happy and start to make their life hell with complaints and strange happenings. Jamie and Kirsty try to ignore them and carry on with their usual lives but this soon ...more
Sadly, this was only a little above average for me. A quick read, that did hold my interest, and I liked the idea of ‘Neighbours from Hell’, but it didn’t have the spooky feel, and multi-layered twisty turns that I’ve come to expect from Mark Edwards. In fact I would go as far as to say that there were no twists that weren’t obvious, accept for one satisfying reveal in the last chapter which I thought was well done. I was also left with some unanswered questions, which annoyed me, but they may b ...more
Sean Peters
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Magpies by Mark Edwards.

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
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, books-i-own
Rating 4.5 Stars

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
Kim Nash
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flipping heck! Talk about being a nervous wreck!

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
Amber Myott
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book ! Unpredictable , believable and devasting ! Nothing more to ask for !
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my first exposure to Edwards and his work, I was quite impressed with both the storytelling and the thrill factor. After moving into their first flat together, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves ready to embark on an adventure; new life, new experiences, new neighbours. Everyone seems so welcoming, especially their downstairs neighbours, the Newtons. However, things soon take an eerie turn, with prank calls, unwelcome gifts left on their stoop and in their letterbox, and eventually malicious le ...more
The Magpies is a psychological thriller about having nightmare neighbours. This was rather unnerving at times and I loved the later part of the story as the tension really started to build.

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
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had an uncomfortable feeling from the very beginning. Heebie-jeebies. That jittery feeling in the pit of my stomach that something icky was about to happen. I know, “icky “ is a strange word to use when describing a psychological thriller, isn’t it? But for the first one hundred pages of The Magpies by Mark Edwards, nothing truly awful happened.

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
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How did this get so many fantastic reviews? The story is progressing fine but the writing is stilted and the sex leaves a lot to be desired! Really not overly impressed at 100 pages in.

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
Malina Skrobosinski
Fear thy neighbor!

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
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