Review of The Magpies by Mark Edwards

The Magpies is a story that will make you afraid to open your front door.

Four stars

The Magpies Cover

Length: 329 Pages        Published: 19 September 2013


Meet the neighbours from hell, in the gripping thriller that reviewers and readers describe as “fast-paced,” “chilling,” and “impossible to put down.”

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 their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.

As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back—but he has no idea what he is really up against . . .

The Magpies is a gripping psychological thriller in which the monsters are not vampires or demons but the people who live next door. It is a nightmare that could happen to anyone.

UK – Click here to visit Amazon and get your copy of The Magpies today!
US – Click here to visit Amazon and get your copy of The Magpies today!


As I was reading this story a sense of dread came upon me that increased with every turn of the page.

Jamie and Kirsty are a young couple who have just moved into their first home together. Things start out great, but soon start to slowly change.

I personally found this story scary, I too have suffered with disturbing neighbours in the past, so couldn’t help but compare my situation.

The storyline is great though at times a little slow for me, there were a few occasions I felt I was having to force myself to read so I could get to a good part.

Everything about this book is subtle. Little hints are given throughout the story but not enough to know for sure what is to come. It keeps you guessing all the way through which is what compelled me to carry on reading.

This is my first thriller book and I will definitely be taking a closer look at the genre.

About the author

Mark Edwards

I write psychological thrillers. My influences include writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell, Ian McEwan, Val McDermid and Donna Tartt and movies like Rosemary’s Baby, Single White Female, Fatal Attraction and anything in which scary things happen to ordinary people.

I love hearing from readers and always respond. I can be contacted in the following ways:
Twitter @mredwards

You can download a free box set of ‘Short Sharp Shockers’ by visiting

THE MAGPIES (2013) and BECAUSE SHE LOVES ME (2014) topped the Kindle chart in the UK. FOLLOW YOU HOME (2015) was a top ten bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. My other solo novel is WHAT YOU WISH FOR (2014) and I have one short story, KISSING GAMES, available on Amazon.

I have co-written six novels with Louise Voss: CATCH YOUR DEATH (2012), KILLING CUPID (2012), ALL FALL DOWN (2013) and FORWARD SLASH (2013). We are now writing a series featuring DI Patrick Lennon. The first two books are FROM THE CRADLE (2014) and THE BLISSFULLY DEAD (2015).

After a career that has taken in everything from answering complaint calls for a rail company to teaching English in Japan and being a marketing director, I now write full-time.

I live in the West Midlands, England, with my wife, our three children and a ginger cat.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s