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.
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!
I love espionage and detective thrillers but will listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Magpies is a better psychological thriller than I suspected. There are some crazy people.
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.
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.
Making the characters more intelligent. They would guess at things that were obvious. It was hard not to think, "Come on, don't be so daft!"
I'm a horror, sci-fi fan. My favourites are Lovecraft, Poe, Bierce, Jackson, Levin, and King.
No. I grew very frustrated with the pace of the story, because the characters seemed unreasonably passive and juvenile. No one would ever put up with treatment like this and there was substantial physical evidence of harassment from the neighbors. I admit not having a knowledge of the laws in the UK, but in the US, none of this would be tolerated, especially with any reasonable amount of documentation. James and Kirsty are ridiculous characters, without any real emotion. I was also very annoyed with the graphic sexual scenes. I wanted to enjoy a "psychological thriller", not hausfrau smut. Very silly!
Don't waste your time. It's not scary or gory. It's pretty unbelievable and the lack of action taken by the protagonists was tiresome.
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.
"WARNING! This book is highly adictive"
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
"Definitely worth a spin"
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.
"Horrific happenings but not a horror"
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.
"A good piece of pulp fiction"
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
"Very good psychological thriller"
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......
"Glad this is linked to my kindle!"
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
"Good for a relaxing read, with reasonable tension."
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.
"I've had neighbours like that"
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 to say this is one of the poorest audio presentations I have listened to for a while. I think the story was only mildly creepy, and seemed amateurish - I have read the authors more recent work and it has improved, in my opinion. I think the problem for me was the narrator, as someone else has said, there were times he did not get the cadence right and strange pauses, there were several times when i rolled my eyes, it was so cringey. I read it to the end, but it didn't get any better
for me 😢 sorry to say it
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