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Marie Walker has vanished from the face of the earth...
Her besotted boyfriend, newspaper photographer Richard Thompson, vows to find her, convinced that Marie's unusual beliefs hold the key.
But a shocking discovery makes him question if he ever really knew his girlfriend. And when people around him start to die, Richard is plunged into terrible danger.
Drawn into the world of a sinister cult and the darkest corners of the Internet, Richard finds himself increasingly out of his depth as he discovers just how far people will go to protect what they believe in...
Revised edition: This edition of What You Wish For includes editorial revisions.
“Mark Edwards achieves what other writers yearn for, by creating characters that genuinely feel like real people, individuals you know personally-and then puts them into the scariest of situations...” —Elizabeth Haynes
“Astonishingly good.” —Peter James
“Creating characters you really feel for from the off, it is the incredible amount of dread which drips off the page which raises this book above its counterparts.” —Luca Veste
“Loaded with the same emotional intensity and pervasive unease that made The Magpies such a gripping novel, What You Wish For is a slick and twisting story which tests the line between love and obsession, belief and delusion, against a backdrop of bizarre cults and mysterious deaths. Genuinely unputdownable this is another must read from Mark Edwards.” —Eva Dolan, author of Long Way Home
About the Author
Mark writes psychological thrillers. He loves stories in which scary things happen to ordinary people and is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell, Ian McEwan, Val McDermid, and Donna Tartt.
Mark is now a full time writer. Before that, he once picked broad beans, answered complaint calls for a rail company, taught English in Japan, and worked as a marketing director.
Mark co-published a series of crime novels with Louise Voss. The Magpies, his first solo, topped the UK Kindle charts for three months when it first released. Since its success, the novel has been re-edited and published by Thomas & Mercer.
He lives in England with his girlfriend, their three children, and a ginger cat.
He can be contacted on
- ASIN : B00JRK20SE
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (24 Jun. 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 668 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 271 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,938 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Also (SPOILER AHEAD), only one person dies after his girlfriend goes missing and that is a bad guy, so that is a slight stretch of the word ‘people’ in the official blurb as well.
I kept thinking he’s only known this girl for four months just get on with your life and move on! I think the whole story may have been a bit more believable if he had been with her for a couple of years with how far he went to try and find her.
It is fair to say that I did not enjoy this book at all and felt very misled by the blurb before reading.
This was a very different subject, which I would not usually choose to read. I almost gave up after the first few chapters, but persevered as I usually get absorbed in the story.
Richard meets Marie who is with a group of people checking the skies for UFO and alien behaviour. He soon falls in love with her and they move in together. One day Marie disappears and Richard then takes time to search for her, flying to the USA where he believes she is living with The Loved Ones, a group of people all hoping to be chosen by extraterrestrials.
I didn’t like the main character, he was weak and shallow and I thought he should forget about Marie and get on with his life!
It seemed to me the author wasn’t enjoying the novel and rushed it a little, instead of developing the character to ensure the reader supported him more.
I felt the ending was rushed and although a twist it didn’t really shock me. On the whole a disappointing read.
Marie, Richard’s girlfriend, believes in aliens. I know there are people out there that do believe in this sort of thing but I have to say I was more on the same wave length as Richard who is much more of a doubter. The storyline is a little bit out there but it is more of a cult thing which certainly gives this particular story more of an edge.
It’s Richard’s obsession with his girlfriend and not being able to let her just go that moves the story on with a fast pace. I mean would any of us on returning home one day and finding your partner has literally disappeared into thin air, just let it go? The need to know of why and where was strong and I was intrigued as to where the author was going with the story. Had Marie in fact been visited by aliens and gone to outer space, was she dead, or had she just had enough and decided she wanted to be on her own?
What You Wish For whilst yes it is a little bit out there, the twists and turns the story takes made this a compulsive read. I really wasn’t sure how it was all going to end but have to say the conclusion was better than I had hoped for and it left me with the adrenaline coursing through me at having read such a thrilling book where there literally is never a dull moment!
Unfortunately I couldn't finish this one. I struggled through two thirds of the book and gave up. Something i very rarely do.
The pace was slow and the storyline felt dragged out.
The main character was obsessive and unbelievable.
Very cleverly written, a thought provoking story that takes you into a supernatural world.
Are you a believer? Do aliens exist? Personally, I think not! Richard, the leading male character in the story, is not a believer either. But he falls in love with Marie, who not only believes in little grey aliens, but also believes that she is amongst the chosen few to represent earth.......
This is a story of belief, of love, of betrayal and of the unknown.
Mark Edwards has yet again blown me away with another great novel.