Meet the neighbors from hell, in the gripping thriller that reviewers and listeners 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.
©2013 Mark Edwards (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Wow what a creepy psychological thriller this book is, Not many books get you hooked from the start but this did, I finished this book so quick because I could not stop listening,
This poor couple move in to this apartment starting a new life, but you may think you have the neighbours from hell think again!!
Everything about this story is brilliant and you really warm to the characters I would put this book in my top 10 without a doubt.
The story is compelling, it made me want to listen to more and more, twists and turns aplenty. Makes you question how well you know your neighbours?
How seemingly perfectly stayed and sensible people can be driven to certain actions through junk mail. The writer guides you into the story with expertise
The narration was fine, perfectly listenable although if I had to nit pick I think female narrators voice males better than males voice females, however as the lead is a man it is understandable why this book is read by a man. I think Elliot Hill does however bring to life the character of Jamie well, in respect of his age and lifestyle.
Often sent a shiver down my spine
The beauty in most scary stories is in the normal life that surrounds it, in Magpies all appears normal, what could be more normal than IT guy and nurse in their first home together. The story builds and becomes more sinister with each chapter, it is beautifully written to create that sense of unease and general concern. The characters are for the most part believable and likeable. The narration is excellent Elliot Hill reads at the right pace and is very easy to listen to.
My only criticism is that some of the sexual scenes are a little over described, not in a James Herbert written for the hormone engorged teen, but a little unnecessary at times.
This is not an expensive audiobook, might be less than the cost of a credit in some cases, so you might want to consider buying, or do as I did and add it to your wish list and wait for a sale. Worth giving it a go.
Not sure. I found the sex scenes gratuitous and dull and I found myself not really warming to the couple - there wasn't much depth to them.
Maybe, however I think there are other books that I would recommend before this.
I didn't like his narration - at times he read sentences with totally the wrong cadence. Also there was some weird editing every now and then, when there would be an unduly long pause between sentences.
It's worth a listen for sure.
Now living in Norfolk, enjoy historical fiction, political biography/autobiography and the classics.
Interesting plot but a few cardboard characters
A male author writing about the mind set of female characters didn't. really work
Yes he was fine
Interesting plot with a twist at the end
I haven't listened to many audiobooks of this genre but I really enjoyed this one & if I were listing my favourites over the past 12 months or so this would be quite high on that list
The story had a real intensity from start to finish with a lot of stand-out moments
Elliot Hill's performance of main character Jamie was superb
Prepare to be shocked......
I chose this because it is whisper synced and I had just signed up to Kindle Unlimited.
Am loving the story (although it does go on an on about how much in love the couple are, how much they have sex - I get it - move on!)
However I think the performance is not good at all.
Too many long pauses between words, emphasis on the wrong word and the female voices are dire.
Will finish on my kindle I think
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
Well written, good story, some surprises but a little predictable. I have read other work by Mark Edwards that was more gripping. That said, I was never bored with this tale and I enjoyed listening to it.
It does happen
Although fiction it is so true. I've had neighbours complain about me chopping onions so I could totally relate and sympathise
The hippie witch lady lol
If I had time I would have
I like books that make me speak out loud or shake my head when I'm on the train.
I have no idea.
Something of a more mature storyline without those cringe-worthy sex scenes.
The narrator was good.
The sex scenes and the foolish decisions.
"Really, really, really bad neighbors!"
Magpies is a better psychological thriller than I suspected. There are some crazy people.
"I Thought This Book Would Never End! Hated it!"
This story could have been told in 10 chapters at the most but it dragged on for 30 endless chapters that were boring and entirely too detailed. I had guessed the end by the first few chapters. The narrator was quite good. He sounded like Jude Law but the story just got on my nerves. Ugh. Save your money!
"Extremely slow and disappointed "
Struggled to finish this book as I kept expecting more to happen or there to be some black magic or mischief involved. The ending felt rushed and not complete with holes in the storyline. I wouldn't recommend.
I really enjoy most of Mark Edwards' books. He has a knack for stunning anticipation and making his readers panic- as in 'What's going on??' or 'What will happen next??' Edwards keeps us guessing, and sometimes the most obvious things aren't that obvious, but sometimes they are- so you just never know!
A new couple moves into what seems to be their dream flat- but although their neighbours appear very kind at the beginning, things start to spiral out of control and soon the couple is living their lives in fear and suspense of what their neighbours will do next. But- is it the neighbours that are driving them mad- or is it someone else?
This book is full of terrifying tension and it's very hard to put down. I became enraptured in the story and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I strongly recommend the Magpies to someone who likes a great thriller- but a masterful writer of suspense.
"hard to read. starts out slow"
good as it goes on but slow at first. not really a modern romance reader
Story of a couple in love who move into a new apartment/flat. They are tortured by their neighbors. Slowly everything falls apart.
I have to say I thought the villain may end up being someone else.
A good listen. I listen mostly on my walks in the morning.
A couple buys a flat, meets their neighbors, and hangs with them. Everything seems fine, they all get along… don’they? Apparently not. Read The Magpies and you’ll find out why.
I’m not sure how to review this novel. In the end, I liked it. It was getting to the end that was unusual for me. I am used to horror/thriller novels that are in your face, obviously some stuff is about to go down, type of feeling. The Magpies is more of a slow build, but you’re not entirely sure of what is building, and therefore unsure of where the story might go.
I think this is intentional since the novel is based on the personal experience of the author. Now that you know this, you’re curious aren’t you? I hope so, give it a go.
Elliot Hill (Narrator): Mr. Hill has a wonderful voice, and did a superb job with his narration. His voices were spot on.
Couldn't get enough but was frustrated with the ending. Would gave liked to see some justice done. A bit like Gone Girl. I wish they had got what they deserved.
"great story from start to finish."
Im really starting to fall in love with this author! His stories don't have that slow droning start that some authors start their book with. It is a real talent to be able to include all of the needed beginning storyline foundation and background information without losing the readers attention. Mark Edwards seems to have has perfected this talent. This book made me not want to put it down at all! I think everyone can relate to the storyline as crappy neighbors come a done a dozen now a days. This book will have you wanting to go put down a deposit on a house in the middle of a abandoned forest to avoid sharing loving storages with anyone. Just download it. It's well worth the listen/read! 5 stars!!!
"Couldn't stop listening!"
No, but I certainly will consider his other books now!
These are terrifying because it could happen to any of us. Yikes!
So suspenseful, i would find myself not wanting to get out of the car so i could hear what would happen next!!
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