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!
What started as a gripping story turned out to be something very raw, like the author couldn't really be bothered anymore to work on the story. From the author of 'Because She Loves Me' I expected much more.
You just keep waiting for the sprit or something demonic to happen. Does keep you listening.
SPOLIER: When I found out who the owners of te falt were and how they were ripping people off by making their life miserable to the point the would need to move, buy from them for cheap then sell high to make a profit. The spiders...the go-cart accident and when he came out of the coma.(a$$)
It made me laughe at some things and just feel really sad when she lost the baby. It also pissed me off, but I had a fist pumping moment when he burned it down. I thought about what he really could have done with what he found,
It was a good listen most likely will listen to it again. Few good jaw dropping moments. Was the police in their pocket or did they just get so many calls that they was like, "Whatever! Crazy peolpe move in here."
"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
"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.
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.
"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.
"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......
"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.
"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.
"Enjoyable 'Easy read' thriller"
No I haven't, but the reader is excellent.
Yes but I would be spoiling the plot for anyone reading this review.
I enjoyed this book very much as I was doing some tedious mindless physical work and it kept my thoughts aimed at 'what was going to happen next'. Not a pot boiler by any means, the limited number of characters and situations allowed me to listen without having to keep referring back to earlier chapters. I look forward to another book by this author.
"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
"Don't waste money or a credit on this rubbish."
People who like a really easy and child like story.
Disappointment and amazement that a book this bad can be published
This has to be the worst written book i have ever read. I would say it is aimed at 12 yr olds, but that's an insult to authors to do aim at 12 yr olds.
I kept thinking i could write a better story that this and i have NO desire to write a book whatsoever.
Don't waste your time money or a credit on this bilge.
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