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Magpie: The Sunday Times bestselling psychological thriller - the perfect holiday read this summer Paperback – 28 April 2022
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'Completely, terrifyingly BRILLIANT’
Marian Keyes, author of Grown Ups
‘I didn’t want it to end’
Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women and Animal
‘Magnificent: I read it in one sitting’
Kate Mosse, author of The City of Tears
When Marisa meets Jake, everything falls into place. But then their new lodger Kate arrives.
Something isn’t right about her. It’s the way she looks at Jake, keeps her toothbrush right next to theirs and constantly asks questions about the baby they are trying for. Or maybe it’s all in Marisa’s head. That’s what Jake thinks. And she trusts him, doesn’t she?
But Marisa knows something is wrong, and she is determined to find out why, even if it costs her everything.
'A very elegant, tense, literary thriller'
Sarah Vaughan, author of Anatomy of a Scandal
‘Utterly engrossing, a thick sense of dread unfurling from every page’
‘I literally couldn’t put this down’
Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton
‘A compelling, twisting read’
Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library
‘Sharp, twisty … Impossible to put down’
‘A pulse-quickening tale’
‘Sharp and sinister’
Mail on Sunday
‘A pacy, stylish thriller’
The Sunday Times, Thriller of the Month
‘A compassionately crafted psychological drama’
‘I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough’
‘Be prepared for a sleight-of-hand-twist that will leave you gasping’
Sunday Times bestseller 06/09/2021
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'I raced through Magpie. A very elegant, tense, literary thriller full of misdirection, unreliable witnesses, motherhood, madness, rage, and the most heart-breaking account of infertility I've read'
SARAH VAUGHAN, AUTHOR OF ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL
‘A dark, sleek, ever-tightening spiral …Completely, terrifyingly BRILLIANT’
MARIAN KEYES, AUTHOR OF GROWN UPS
‘Elizabeth Day has written that rare book I always go hunting for, something that will keep me breathless with suspense but also buoyant with good energy. It is both sinister and comforting, outrageous but grounded, with a head-spinning plot twist…Magpie is a book that needed to exist in the world. It is the book that was missing’
LISA TADDEO, AUTHOR OF THREE WOMEN AND ANIMAL
‘Magpie is a clever, suspenseful read with a brilliant central pivot and a keen eye for relationships, including the toxic ones. A compelling, twisting read’
MATT HAIG, author of The Midnight Library and The Comfort Book
‘Superbly taut and well-written, noirish with a big and beating heart’
JESSIE BURTON, AUTHOR OF THE MINIATURIST AND THE CONFESSION
‘An absorbing exploration of infertility and mental illness combined with the pace and plot of a heart-racing thriller … I literally couldn’t put this down. Sublime’
SARA COLLINS, AUTHOR OF THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANNIE LANGTON
‘The most mind-blowing book of the year’
JOANNA CANNON, AUTHOR OF THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP AND THREE THINGS ABOUT ELSIE
‘Magpie is tightly plotted, crackling with an uneasy tension, and has an ingenious twist you won’t see coming. Stylish, sinister, and clever, this is a sublime thriller’
LOUISE O’NEILL, AUTHOR OF AFTER THE SILENCE
‘Magnificent. Clever, beautifully-crafted, gripping, warm: I read it in one sitting’
KATE MOSSE, AUTHOR OF THE CITY OF TEARS
The Sunday Times bestselling psychological thriller - the perfect holiday read this summer
- Publisher : Fourth Estate; 1st edition (28 April 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008374988
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008374983
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 October 2021
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First the plot, Marisa meets Jake and after a whirlwind romance they move in together and decide to start a family, but as money gets tighter, they agree to take in a lodger Kate. But something is not right, and Marisa gets a feeling of unease when the closeness of her partner, Jake, and Kate becomes apparent. You might guess what happens next and I almost put down the book for an unimaginative plot then the whole thing turned on its head as we deal with mental health, fertility, love, and acceptance, with as much anticipation as any thriller.
One for sorrow – there is a clever plot but an underlying sadness to the story which is dealt with brilliantly by the author.
“… happiness was transient, and she would find this out when the lodger came”.
Two for joy – whilst possessing a darkness, the story also possesses one of hope, acceptance, and healing. We see kindness in the characters and joy for this reader !!!!
Three for a girl – The character development of the women in the story was excellent. We have the partner and the lodger who inevitability clash because something is not quite right about Kate. The way she stands and sits too close to Jake. The way the two of them stop talking when she enters the room, but they find an accommodation – but over what?
Four for a boy – Jake the central male character navigates his way very cleverly through a difficult and distressing period, so hats off to the author for not creating intriguing female characters at the expense of a weak male character.
Five for silver, and as the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining, and so does the story of the 3 central characters.
Six for Gold – this was gold standard story telling. I loved the plot, the characters, the themes of infertility and mental health that were dealt with so sensitively in the story and the writing style of the author. We also have a reference to the "... golden Buddha, shining out from the centre. Peace she thinks."
Seven for a secret never to be told. Well, no spoilers by me, but this is a book well worth reading. Highly recommended.