My review of The Magpies by Mark Edwards.
The Magpies by Mark Edwards takes annoying neighbors to a whole new level.
Computer expert Jamie and nurse Kirsty have moved into their dream flat. But the night of their house warming party, the hoaxes begin. Some are harmless, but some are deadly.
Throughout the story, we learn about their neighbors. Chris and fellow nurse Lucy. Mary, an herbalist (described as a witch by the crazy neighbors) and her sweet cat Lennon. Lastly, dark author Brian and his wife, Linda.
Although you catch on to who the crazy neighbors are relatively quickly, I still won’t mention it here.
I listened to this book with audible, and as with all good audio books, I spent a lot of time in my kitchen and car wanting to hear “just one more chapter.”
I love subtleties, and the title of the book is so apt to the storyline. Magpies are birds notoriously known for destroying the nests of other birds. Much like Jamie and Kirsty’s crazy downstairs neighbors.
I also enjoyed the little easter egg Mark Edwards left, involving the genus of magpies and a character name in the book. Whether that was intentional or not, it tickled me regardless.
I enjoyed learning about all of the neighbors and friends of Jamie and Kirsty. Mr. Edwards brought them to life very skillfully, without over complicating them.
Even though a few clues were left, the twist at the end caught me by surprise. I’ve since begun listening to another book by Mark Edwards where there is mention of the character involved in the twist. I enjoy those types of elements in books.