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A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies.

It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake.

What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And wha

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Kindle Edition, 376 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer (first published September 2016)
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Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Have you ever worked a job you felt placed you in the midst of Hell? I think if we were all honest we have that one job we could place quite nicely in this category. I remember mine as if it were yesterday; it was the summer after I graduated high school and my dad was keen on getting me a job to bridge the gap between senior year and beginning college. My friend Depreena was working at the local Applebee’s as a hostess and decided to drag me right into her daily drama, sharing in her misery at ...more
Frances
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All Sophie Greenwood ever wanted was a position at a publishing firm she admired and respected. Once she married and settled down with a child, life soon became repetitive and monotonous until out of nowhere she was headhunted for a job at the place she always dreamed of working, Jackdaw Publishing. Scattered throughout the book, are episodes recalling her life at University and the time spent with her closest friends Jasmine and her boyfriend Liam. Although Sophie fancied the “bad boy”, referri ...more
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Sophie is a stay at home Mom and it was really tough to bring up a child on a single wage in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Her and her husband ran up debts and their car was close to death so Sophie ends up getting her dream job at Jack Daw Books, she always wanted to work at a publishing company since she was little. Sophie is curious about the library in the basement. She asks someone how you can have access to it and they tell her that you can get in by an invitation only and
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Kaceey - Traveling Sister
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow, breathless when I finished this one! On the edge of my seat all the way through.
Talk about the job from hell!

Sophie returns to the work force after taking 4 years off to raise her daughter. She lands her dream job… or does she? Everything starts to go south both at work and at home. Probably just the stress of returning to work, right? Or is someone deliberately sabotaging her life?

A taught psychological thriller that was hard to put down. And just when I thought I had it figured out....no
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Christine
Dear Mr. Edwards,

I am once again writing you a letter to express my feelings about your latest novel. Could you do it again? Could you succeed yet another time after your last two stunning wins? YES, YOU DID IT AGAIN, Mr. Edwards! You have now for the third time turned me into a paranoid, obsessive-compulsive with a totally messed up mind! Do you get a kick out of doing this to people? I have to think you do…

Can’t you just write a straightforward story, Mr. Edwards? Apparently you are not capabl
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Maureen
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
Whoa! Mark Edwards certainly knows how to ramp up the tension a notch to create a brilliant psychological thriller.


After raising her daughter for the last 4 years,
Sophie Greenwood is ready to get her career back on track, and everything seems to be falling into place when she is offered a position with Jackdaw Publishing, her dream job.

Sophie however, finds that Cassie, one of her assistants, seems hell bent on making trouble for her, and she's immediately suspicious of her motives. She then dis
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Picture this: it is a warm and sunny late winters afternoon and I am curled up in the sunshine reading the final 20% of The Devil's Work by Mark Edwards. A gentle breeze stirs the curtain and the edge caresses my neck. I shriek. Leaping from the chair I drop my Kindle and spin around to see who is going to strangle me.

It happened.

Seldom have I ever had such a strong physical reaction to a book. Mark Edwards had my heart pounding and my imagination working overtime. He even disturbed my sleep.
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karen
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
this book is a perfect example of the psychological thriller, and refreshingly, it is one of the few being published today that isn't trying to be Gone Girl.

our heroine, sophie greenwood, has everything going for her: a happy marriage to a successful journalist named guy, a beautiful four-year-old daughter named daisy, and she's about to start work at her dream job, jackdaw books, the legendary children's publishing house. sophie will be re-entering the workforce for the first time after daisy's
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Melissa
“Welcome to the madhouse.”

If someone said those words to me on my first day of work, I’d probably laugh it off. Just a bit of sarcastic humor and harmless fun, right? I don't know though, this story might make me a little leery.

Sophie has spent the last four years raising her daughter, but she’s ready to get back to the world of publishing. She’s managed to land her dream job with Jackdaw Books and she isn't going to let her past dictate her future.

Right away, it becomes pretty obvious she’s g
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Gary
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I always find Mark Edwards books gripping and an excellent read and this latest novel is no exception. So engrossed was I in this outstanding psychological thriller that I read it in two sittings only a nights sleep to separate them.
When the job of Sophie Greenwood dreams becomes available she has no hesitation returning to work after spending time raising her daughter Daisy. She joins publishing company Jackdaw books and on her very first day she wonders if she has made a mistake. Sophie is sus
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Meredith
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I’ve worked with my fair share of crazy people, but thankfully nothing as bad as those who work at Jackdaw books!

Sophie Greenwood thinks that she has just landed the job of her dreams as a marketing manager at Jackdaw books. She experiences tension quickly with her colleague, Cassie. She thinks that Cassie is out to steal her job from under her. Things start happening that make Sophie question her sanity. Her relationship with her husband is put to the test, and her dream job is soon in jeopard
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Jan
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Mark Edwards is quickly becoming one of my top 5 go to authors and in his latest, The Devil's Work, he has not left me disappointed!

While not as suspenseful as some of his other work, it's still there, along with some scenes that just kept me glued to my seat with intensity.

There is so much to like here, and it goes well beyond the 'ease' of Edwards writing style. I read this with my fav buddy reader who is also an avid Edwards fan. One thing we both commented on after reading the firs
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sue
Mind blowing, riveting intriguing, many what I can "aha" moments only to find out I was wrong!

I am always so eager when another book comes out from this authors desk to us readers. I cannot wait to get my hands on it, devour it, because I know from my past experiences reading this authors books I have had so much enjoyment I can forget everything around me and just be in the moment.

This book was of no exception.

The book comes alive. For many of us avid readers we can read an excellently driven
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Melisa
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, thriller, arc
Mark Edwards has crafted a very clever psychological thriller based on the theme of chaos and gossip and competition in the workplace. There were so many pieces to the puzzle of this story, with alternating chapters between past and present, I honestly had no idea how the pieces were going to come together. And it was thoroughly well done. I finished this book having all my questions answered, every detail accounted for.

There are many nail biting moments, and constant questioning of every chara
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Matt
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Mark Edwards, and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

In his latest psychological thriller, Mark Edwards pushes things to the limit again while drawing the reader into a world of suspense and horror. After a four year hiatus, Sophie Greenwood is looking to get back to work in the highly competitive world of book publishing. Recently hired by Jackdaw Books, Sophie is livi
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Devil's Work is the first book I have read by Mark Edwards, and how I missed reading books by him before is beyond me. The Devil's Work is a haunting, heart-pounding, and very well-written thriller and I will try to write a spoiler free review since I don't want to give the plot, even for a second, away.

To be honest, there were moments in the book, when I did not think I would be able to continue reading the book. Not that the book was bad, more like I could picture how Sophie would slowly
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
A brilliant chilling novel! Absolutely loved it. Mark Edwards I do believe this is your best book yet! Wow. So, a fan of anything I've read by Mark this was no exception. He's a consistently good author, not disappointed me yet.

This is a book that will mess with your head. A dark psychological thriller that keeps you guessing on a journey of dark twists and turns. When a dream job turns out to be nothing that you expected how do you cope?

You kind of don't. It could be your worst nightmare.

Tappin
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Angela Marsons
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow is my response to this book. From the very first page - which I felt had been written to intrigue and tickle every inquisitive nerve in my body - to the last I was absolutely captivated by the journey of Sophie Greenwood as she finally lands her dream job. I have enjoyed other books from this author but there was an element of menace in this one that was evident with every page turn. As the story continued I found myself suspecting everyone of misdeeds, even my poor old Amazon delivery guy w ...more
Sean Peters
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Net Galley, The publishers and the author for an ARC Copy.

It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake.

What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie’s predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets
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Liz Barnsley
Read this in one sitting yesterday.

Its interesting in the explosion of the psychological thriller how difficult it is to find the good ones. There are lots of good ones to be fair but you you can't always find them. Mark Edwards for me has ALWAYS written good ones so I was looking forward to this and well. Read in one sitting so obviously I was not disappointed.

If anything I would say this is his best one yet, not only a banging thriller but beautifully plotted with many surprises, some really
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Christy
This was my first taste of a Mark Edwards book, but it won't be my last. I need to start by saying--Mark Edwards--you got me! This book has earned five enormous brilliant blinding stars for rocking my boat so hard, it almost capsized. I had to stay up past midnight to see how this was going to end and I need to come up for some air while I take a minute to ponder what I just actually read.

Wow, this book was one fast, fun ride. I read it in two days, stopping for a bit of sleep. This book has ev
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sue
Mind blowing, riveting intriguing, many what I can "aha" moments only to find out I was wrong!

I am always so eager when another book comes out from this authors desk to us readers. I cannot wait to get my hands on it, devour it, because I know from my past experiences reading this authors books I have had so much enjoyment I can forget everything around me and just be in the moment.

This book was of no exception.

The book comes alive. For many of us avid readers we can read an excellently drive
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Lee
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sophie has been a stay at home mum but returns to work when her daughter Daisy is four years old. Sophie has a happy marriage and has just secured her dream job in publishing, life couldn't be better. This story moves between past and present from when Sophie was at University till today, this provides the reader with back story about her life from then until now. Once back at work Sophie's finds herself with a new assistant, someone she has not taken to and seems to not be a very likable charac ...more
The Book Review Café
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I always know when I pick up a book by Mark Edwards I’m in for a gripping read and The Devils work certainly lived up to my expectations. It’s a highly intense psychological thriller that pulls you in from the first intriguing chapter and keeps you in its grips to the very last page. Sophie appears to have it all, her dream job and a loving family. From the first day in her new job at Jackdaw Books, it becomes apparent bad things seem to happen to employees and Sophie is no exception, it’s not l ...more
Tulay
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Dark, dark novel.

Psychological thriller, abused children grow up to be abusive adults. Didn't like any of the characters, parts was really slow. Make sure when you're coming to day 51, make sure it's not you're bedtime.
Janet
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Devil's Work is another great read from the pen of Mark Edwards. I swear this author's writing is just getting better and better!

Sophie Greenwood lands the job of dreams. With a young daughter and journalist husband at home she is able to embark on what she has always wanted. A job in her dream publishing house and at first she is simply thrilled. Unfortunately that thrilling feeling soon turns into moments of self doubt as nightmarish occurrences start to happen. There's a mystery surrounding h
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Louise Wilson
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After the birth of her daughter, Sophie has been a stay at home Mum for four years.

When the job of her dreams becomes available to her at a publishing company (jackdaw books) she has no hesitation in in accepting the job offer.

The book jumps from the present day to the past when Sophie was at University.

This is a fantastic read that will not disappoint.

I would like to thank Net Galley, Thomas Mercer and the author Mark Edwards for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Adrian Dooley
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sophie Greenwood lands her dream job after taking time out raising her four year old daughter Daisy.
The job is with Jackdaw books, a company that published many of her favourite childhood books and a publishing company that she had always wanted to work for.

On her first day there things dont go according to plan as she is introduced to her team. She immediately becomes suspicious of her younger and attractive assistant Cassie, a young woman who seems to only be interested in furthering her caree
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Judy Collins
A special thank you to Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Following, Mark Edwards' Follow You Home landing on my Top 50 Books of 2015, and Best Horror Suspense Thriller of the Year, another horror suspense twisty psycho-thriller, THE DEVIL'S WORK, a book within a book. Mixed with Edwards' own signature devilish wit.

2015--Sophie Greenwood is married to Guy (married for six years) and has a beautiful four-year-old daughter, Daisy. Recently she h
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Selene
The first half of this book was dull. There was a lot of background information to get through and the pace was SLOW. The second half of this book was more interesting, but the main lead character was about as interesting as a dusty cardboard box. The twists and turns at the end were great, but this story wasn't as exciting as expected.
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