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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. 

The brand-new series from Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch. 

Illumen Hall is an elite boarding school. Tragedy strikes when the body of a student is discovered at their exclusive summer party - on her back is an elaborate tattoo of a magpie. 

When new girl Audrey arrives the following term, running from her own secrets back home in America, she is thrown into solving the case. Despite her best efforts to avoid any drama, her new roommate Ivy was close to the murdered girl, and the two of them can't help but get pulled in. 

The two can't stand each other, but as they are drawn deeper into the mystery of this strange and terrible murder, they will discover that something dangerous is at the heart of their superficially perfect school. 

Welcome to the Magpie Society. 

One for Sorrow is told via the alternating first-person perspectives of the lead characters Audrey - written by Amy - and Ivy - written by Zoe - with the narrative jointly plotted by both authors. 

©2020 Amy McCulloch and Zoe Sugg (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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This was my first audio book

I downloaded audible to listen to Zoe and Amy’s first book together. The story had me hooked. I thought the audio book was fantastic and it felt more realistic when listening to the podcast as opposed to reading it on text in a book. The story was very good, clever and although I guessed things v early on, probably due to my constant watching of murder tv shows etc, I think most people will enjoy this. I can definitely see it being a film or a tv show. It was very good. I was naive to think I would find out who killed Lola in this book however the plot was extremely interesting and I cannot wait to read the next. I assume will be called two for joy.

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Decent story

The establishing of the story and characters is great but it takes a while to get good. I would have preferred to feel more of the characters' emotions'. I felt like they are quite 2 dimensional and lack that emotional touch. The story has great potential but needs a bit more speed and more climax.

I so far never listened to an audio with two actors voicing two characters which at first I liked, but then it got a but frustrating especially when both actresses were doing the same two characters in different accents. I just don't understand why the hassle of having two actors when they're both going to do the Eng/American accent.

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Mostly good

I enjoyed this story and thought the performance was good. It was let down by the sudden and inconclusive ending though, quite frustrating and would make me think twice about buying a follow-up book

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Not sure what to think ....

I really enjoyed the story and the narration was great. I’m unsure about the ending though. It’s a clear cliff hanger to a second book but I think there should have been more to the ending and some more ends tied up.

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So much better than expected

This book was incredible, such a difference from the girl online series (which was great too) I've never listened to an audio book that had so many extras (the podcast sections 😳👏🏻) well done Zoe, Amy and all involved!

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I'm hooked

I loved this book. Read was amazing and I really enjoyed listening to this. The story was really gripping and I'm now sad the next one isn't out till next month! Pre-ordered it already as it's just that good!!

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Dyslexic

As someone who is dyslexic and finds it hard to read and has poor comprehension this book was perfect for me. The performance is amazing and grabs your attention to each word. The story alone is brilliant, the chapters switch between two characters Audrey and Ivy. Would recommend to people! A great read or listen! Can’t wait for the next one!

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Mr Tavistock has a Scottish accent one chapter, and a posh English accent the next! The two narrators have definitely not communicated before recording! Not the best American accents either, sadly!

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Slow burner with an unsatisfying ending

This book could have been amazing but the plot was so slow for two thirds of the book and then much too fast in the final third. The pacing was off and the characters were not particularly interesting. Hopefully the second book in the series will be a better pace and we will see some interesting character growth.

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Brilliant book couldn't pit it down

This is the best book I have read in ages. Such a great story line. Looking forward to the next one hopefully later this year.
I also really liked the narrators all the different accents for the different characters really makes it come to life.
Brilliant well done everyone

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  • 03-12-20

I AM SHOCKED. You have to listen!

I had never read Zoe’s books before because they seemed to be more for kids. But when I heard she was coming out with a different type of book with a friend, Amy, I was intrigued. Let me tell you if you chose to just read this book instead of listen YOU ARE MISSING OUT. The production of this audiobook is amazing. Especially when they introduce the podcast. Chills ran down my spine!!! Can’t wait for the next one.

SPOILER ALERT KINDA. Read ahead if you dare.

The only thing I really wish was different in terms of storyline was I wish we hadn’t found out about who was producing the podcast until the end or even not at all. The secret podcast was so gossip girl and really my favorite part of the book until we found out who it was. I also found the book was going too fast at times and I wish they had taken their time doing things. But that just might be me! I love listening to 16hr books!

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  • Voshawn
  • 29-11-20

Can't wait for Book 2!

I really enjoyed this book I took my time reading it because I didn't want it to end Zoe you're an amazing writer and I look forward to the next.

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  • Joan
  • 21-11-20

a rambling tale with no resolution

I understand that this may be part of a series, but there is absolutely no story arc in this book. it begins with an interesting plot concept - murder at a boarding school - but the story never develops/evolves.

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  • Maverick’s Trove
  • 16-11-20

The Magpie Society

I love this book! I wasn't sure how much I would like it at first, I do love all of Zoe Sugg's books so I was pretty sure I'd at least like it. I couldn't stop listening to it and enjoyed it so much! I hope there will be a 2nd book.

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  • Jade Rain
  • 10-11-20

amazing

I love the style that its written in and the storyline is so intriguing but in a way you wouldn't expect. 10/10 i recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-20

Addicting read!

I managed to listen to this book in ONE DAY! I honestly didn’t intend on doing this, but I couldn’t stop listening! The story really gripped me! It felt like there was an element of cozy familiarity but then again I haven’t read anything like it in a long time. The narrators did a great job, the plot was something I couldn’t completely figure out ahead of time and it kept me interested the entire time!
Fantastic read, really cannot wait for more! Loved, loved, LOVED! Congrats Zoe and Amy!

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  • Christina
  • 29-09-21

Experience feels hollow.

Just as we begin to start moving along with the characters and story, book one ends— and when you think about it, what really is the point? Feels a deceptive, money grabbing tactic towards onsumers.

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  • Bea
  • 13-08-21

Captivating

Honestly, I couldn’t stop listening! Listened in 2 days time. I want to know more. Suspenseful and easy to listen to.

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  • Kyla Baughman
  • 05-08-21

Great read!

I'm so sad this is over! Such an amazing book! Excited for the sequel!

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  • Craftygirlrb
  • 01-08-21

Book is fabulous

I loved this book. It was very interesting. The Story line was awesome. I hope there is a book 2. really enjoyed