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The Magpies

(The Magpies #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  25,856 ratings  ·  1,796 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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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
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
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Have you ever thought that your neighbors were a pain in the keister? Well, they aren't, not at all. Not compared to this...

This is really scary in that "this could totes happen" way that good authors know how to create. I loved every second of it.

I'm off to deliver treats to all my neighbors!
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A young couple (Jamie Knight and Kirsty Phillips) move into a new apartment building. They love their new apartment and look forward to living there. They eventually meet all the neighbors in the building. Soon after, they begin to have problems. One day they find a dead rat on their doorstep. They keep getting deliveries of parcels that they didn't order. Then the letters start coming. Things rapidly get worse. A certain couple in the basement flat (the Newtons) seem to be trying to make Jamie ...more
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who reads psychological thrillers.
Recommended to Bren by: Dita
“In cities, after all, you are always within screaming distance of a psychopath.”
― Mark Edwards, The Magpies

My first 2020 book!

So I finally read The Magpies.

People, this book is good. But more then is GENUINELY frightening. And I do not say that about many Domestic thrillers.

So a brief plot outline..Kirstie and Jamie have moved into the flat of their dreams. They fell in love with the place and plan to make their lives here. Then they met their neighbors, Lucy and Chris.

I do not even k
Mary Beth
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommendations
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 mi
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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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
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 for c ...more
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
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Audio...4.5 stars
Story..4.25 stars

My second book by Mark Edwards, and this time the people from hell are the neighbors. I gotta say that even though I found parts of the story long winded, I couldn't stop listening.

I had a hard time feeling sorry for the victims. Seriously, when you move into a new flat, what's the first thing you should do? And if you didn't think to do it right away, don't you think you should when you started to suspect someone's been in your home? Idiots!!

The ending was 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.
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 kept coming fr
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
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
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Edwards is just such a fantastic writer, and I will devour everything he writes in a second. I started (read/ listen) The Magpies Thursday and finished it the same day. Yes, you hear that right, in a day. The Magpies novel takes you through the journey of a young couple who, after moving together to their first apartment, encountered the neighbors from hell. It is a disturbing and kind of sadistic story, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I will give this 4.5 stars.
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: books-i-own, kindle
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
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