As Dee looks back over her time in the Master's Lodging - an eerie and ancient house - a picture of a high achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his beautiful Danish...more
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We meet main character, Dee, when she is being interviewed by the police. Nanny to eight year old Felicity, her charge has gone missing and Detectives Faraday, and Khan, believe that she knows more than she is telling. As they try to unravel Felicitys whereabouts, we learn of Dees story. Her chance ...more
Felicity is selectively mute, bereaved by the loss of her birthmother and being bullied at school.
Then one day she disappears.
The story alternates between police station and the family home, the tension is palpable. Both are confined spaces that keep the ...more
I walked over. 'What?'
'That house detective person just phoned-I'd forgotten all about him. He was asking for you, for some reason, he says he's trying your mobile but you won't pick up. Why's he phoning you ? I was sleeping-he just woke me up and he told me to tell you a little boy was murdered here. A little boy was poisoned in this house! In the First World War! Oh ...more
Dee is a middle-aged woman with some secrets in her past that have seen her live a ...more
At times I wondered whether this would turn out to be purely a domestic thriller, or whether it would be a horror or have some supernatural aspects to it.
I was tense all the way through and just dying to know what would happen. I doubted so many of the characters at different points too
Theyre all written so well and each character is complex enough to feel tangible but not so developed that theyre hard ...more
The story is told from the perspective of Dee, she is answering questions at the police station in Oxford regarding the disappearance of her charge Felicity Law. This is a little girl who has been through a lot. Her father Nick and Stepmother Mariah both have intensive jobs and Dee seems to be the right fit.
The story of Dees past, her job with the Law family ...more
Magpie Lane is an exquisitely plotted, character driven psychological thriller that immediately bewitched me. It was an intelligent and creepy tale exploring family, loss and the myths and stories we build around them. I fell madly in love with the characters-Dee the Scottish nanny, Felicity her selectively mute charge and Linklater, the house historian who becomes Dees friend when hes employed ...more
Eight year old Felicity Law has gone missing from her home in Oxford; her father is an influential academic, her beautiful Danish stepmother is frantic with worry. The police turn to Felicity's nanny, Dee, for answers. Through Dee's police interviews and reminisces we begin to slowly unravel what has been happening in the house on Magpie Lane over the last seven months.
I very much enjoyed this novel, the plot is substantial and had ...more
A cerebral, atmospheric thriller - unmissable and unputdownable.
If Alan Turing, Colin Dexter and the Brothers Grimm created the novelistic equivalent of a love child it would look like "Magpie Lane". Where to begin? Well, I suppose I should start by saying that although the prefix 'psychological', almost automatically predates 'thriller' or 'mystery' by publishers keen to see their novels propelled ever upwards to ...more
Dee, a Scottish nanny, is being interviewed by the police about the disappearance of Felicity, an 8 - year - old girl she cares for. What makes the situation even more worse is the fact that Felicity is incredibly shy and selectively mute - she speaks only with her father and, only recently, with Dee. She has stopped speaking after her mother's death and, bereaved and bullied, she doesn't speak at school or with her stepmother Mariah, no matter how much Mariah tries.
Then Dr. Linklater comes into ...more
Set in the esteemed university world of Oxford, the Masters Lodgings are currently occupied by Dr Nick Law and his selectively mute daughter Felicity. His wife Maria is quickly cast as evil stepmother, pregnant with their child and both are simply at a loss as to what to do with Felicity, when they hire nanny Dee quite literally ...more
I feel like this book was different to so many thrillers that I have read before. I knew who had done it, from more or less the beginning but that didn't matter. It did not ruin my experience with the book, I continued to read because I wanted to know why. I wanted to know what had happened which lead the ...more
We start with a missing child. The eight year old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night. Did she sneak out or was she taken? Fingers obviously start to point to the family, her parents, father Nick and step-mum Mariah, and her nanny, Dee. As the book goes forward in the days ...more
It is a psychological thriller with a definite Gothic feel. I obtained its audiobook edition, narrated by Susie Riddell, who voices the novels narrator, Dee, with a soft Scottish burr.
The plot focuses on the disappearance in the middle of the night of Felicity, the 8-year-old daughter of a recently appointed Oxford College Master. The familys Scottish nanny, Dee, is extensively ...more
The story unfolds through a series of police interviews, with the backstory gradually unravelling. But Dee's story doesn't match up with Felicity's parents' version of events.
I really loved Lucy's writing style - it's so ...more
It all started when Dee met new College Master Nick Law and got offered a job as a nanny for his daughter Felicity. Eight months later, Felicity is missing and Dee and Nick and his wife are ...more
Dee, a live in nanny is being questioned about the disappearance of the child that was under her care. As she is interrogated, we learn the history of the household and what happened over the months she worked there.
I can't help but feel like this was a case of right book but wrong time. Thrillers lately, especially ...more
Dee is a dour Scottish nanny, called upon to take care of troubled eight year old Felicity by the child's thoroughly dreadful parents Nick and Mariah. The latter is, in actual fact, Felicity's stepmother - and the loss of her mother Ana has affected her deeply. Dee, while ...more
Felicity is eight years old. Her dad, nick is an Oxford college master and her stepmother, Mariah is a designer. They hire Dee to be Felicity's nanny. Felicity is a selective mute. But now Felicity has disappeared.
This is another story about a dysfunctional family. The story is told from Dee's point of view. It's action packed, tense and a bit creepy. We are told the story police interview and the events that took place over the months leading up to Felicity's ...more
I would probably call this book a domestic noir, the dark happenings within a family unit, everyone a bit unhinged and the nanny with something to hide.
I tend to struggle with unreliable narrators/characters and I did find my mind wandering at times, but the Oxford setting was nicely described and ...more
The prose is well written, and the well crafted plot is extremely intriguing - with lots of flashbacks, hidden secrets, a mysterious house in Oxford, and more...
Some excellent characters. I really liked Dee (is she telling the truth, and can she be trusted?) and also Felicity (a strange little girl with a lot going on in her ...more
Felicity is eight years old. Her dad, Nick is an Oxford college master and her stepmother, Mariah is a designer. They hire Dee to be Felicity's nanny. Felicity is a selective mute. But now Felicity has disappeared.
This is another story about a dysfunctional family. The story is told from Dee's point of view. It's action packed, tense and a bit creepy. We are told the story through the police interview and the events that took place over the months leadingupto Felicity's ...more
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