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Publisher's Summary

A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies.

It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake.

What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie's predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years.

As her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must race to uncover the truth about her new job...before it kills her.

©2016 Mark Edwards (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Not very exciting

I thought this book would be a page turner. I found the characters so hard to get into. They where literally quite boring. No suspense or excitement. Very dull ending. I actually fell asleep several times while listening to this.

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BORED TO DEATH

If you need a cure for insomnia, take a listen. Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah

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  • LZ
  • 05-01-20

Quick, thrilling read!

Enjoyed it and will be looking for more by this author. I’m a huge psychological thriller and suspense fan and appreciate when it’s done right and all loose ends are tied up. You definitely will not want to be interrupted from the middle of section 2 through to the epilogue!! Thank you Mr. Edwards for another treat! Thank you also to the voice actress. There were many female characters and she did a great job truly differentiating them. Please note, I alternated this book on Kindle while taking breaks from working online through this pandemic and a similar review will appear there. #ReadMoreBooks #StayHome #BeSafe

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A huge fan of Mark Edwards but not this book.

I got 6 hours in and just couldn't finish. I am such a fan of Mark Edwards so I am shocked that I disliked this book so much. Can not connect with any of the characters or the narrator. Just not for me, sadly.

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Grand story

Did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. At one point I almost retuned this book because I hate people who make stupid choices. But as the story went on Sophie's character developed more and I found I did not want to put the book down. The end is a bit predictable with a twist. Worth reading

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GREAT book

Definitely didn't see the ending coming. All sorts of suspense and emotions in this book. Highly suggest reading it!

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Great!

Love his books. Keep you on your toes and guessing throughout the whole book. I am in the process of reading all his books. So far doesn't disappoint!

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I liked it but...

I'll preface this by saying that I really enjoy thriller/ghost/paranormal anything and am rather easily entertained so the story was actually quite good, however the part I can't get over is the author's incredibly annoying female characters. This is particularly disappointing as the main character is a female. They (referring to this and the other book I've read from him- Follow You Home) make unrealistic decisions and come off as paranoid shrews/crazy ladies. I get some women are like that, but the women in these books just aren't believable and make me really dislike the main characters. I let it go with Follow You Home because the main female character in that book is actually not a good person at all, but in this case it just ruined the whole story for me. Some of the plot twists I definitely didn't see coming, but I probably won't read or listen to anymore of Mr. Edwards works based off of his poorly written characters. I'm pretty bummed about it because the plots in both of these books are very well done- I just can't abide the narrative.

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Narrator is really good for this.

Wasn't too bad of a story. wasn't great. Narrator and the accent kept my attention

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Slow beginning but..

picked up in the middle and then became a 5 star. I would recommend this book.

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  • Sara
  • 09-30-16

Gripping!

One of the best of Mark Edwards books. Absolutely fantastic, so many twists and turns. Loved how part of it was set in Brighton as I used to live there!

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  • Susan Random
  • 09-22-16

The Devil's Work

I was first introduced to author Mark Edwards' work via Audible and as a result, have enjoyed listening to his various titles. This, his latest release, was a crushing disappointment. Why? well, it was all an overstuffed gothic- horror-meets-workplace-from-hell mishmash and the plot was pretty hyperbolic and downright silly at times. I didn't return it though, as I would for other titles, so it must have gripped me somewhat.

The narrator's rendition of the main character, Sophie's, black country accent was really quite awful; it sounded like somebody doing a really bad impression. That said, the rest of her characters were impressive, hence the 3* rating.

Oh dear, I do feel somewhat unable to recommended this title. As a person with Asperger Syndrome I was also a bit peeved to hear the condition used as an excuse for one of the character's personality flaws.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-17

Gripping stuff

Enjoyed this audio book - it's the first one I've listened to by Mark Edwards though I've read all his others so I knew to expect something gripping and psychological. I didn't think the plot was quite as clever as some of his others as a lot of loose ends needed to be explained by the policeman at the end, however still a really good story from someone with a dark and clever imagination. Great narration - she did all the accents really well.

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  • Emnat1975
  • 12-19-16

Dreadful narration

I was really looking forward to listening to this book as I have read all the others by this author. The story was great but I struggled to finish it as the narrator was terrible. Dreadful accents which really spoiled the story for me.

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  • Rowena Bennett
  • 10-08-16

Good but not as good as his other books

I enjoyed this but it is not as good as Mark's other works such as Because She Loves Me or Magpies. The supposed Black Country accent is awful and ranges from Scouse to mock Birmingham, being a Black Country girl myself I know this is not how we talk. I don't think there is much need for an accent in this narration.
I liked the pace of the story and how it was told in the present day and with flashbacks.

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  • tegan
  • 01-16-17

Great suspense & twist

Started slow- but then it was so could I couldn't put it down!! Suspense and twist was unexpected

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  • jeremy
  • 10-05-16

Not great story. Not great narration. Sorry

The story is predictable at times, unexciting most of the rest of the time. I'm afraid the narrator didn't do it for me either.

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  • Linn Davies
  • 09-30-16

Chilling and thrilling

This.book had me hooked from start to finish. I liked all the twists in the story and the two paralell.narratives. The.narrator was good although her voice was at times annoying. I recommend this.book to lovers of thrillers.

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  • J Smith
  • 09-26-16

Spell binding book

I just had to keep listening to this book. To try and figure out who. Got part of it

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  • LAW
  • 01-15-18

The leads accent was off putting

A rather silly story that felt very ‘thriller by numbers’ the narrators attempt at Sophie’s Wolverhampton accent was laughable. Supposed to have traces of Wolverhampton... it started off as Liverpudlian and then a full on Brummie accent that got stronger and stronger... as if anyone would have their local accent after apparently living in london for all those years. I found the story was drawn out and the ‘heroine’ so unlikeable and stupid you really didn’t care what happened to her.

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  • Marbars43
  • 10-20-16

Not one of my favourite M.E books

I would have returned this book, however I wanted to see if it would get better.

The narrator was very average - it would have been better if it had a more experienced narrator like Julia Barry, then the story would have had more of that Sophie Hannah creepiness.

The story was average and I was able to work out who the murderer was early on *sigh* . The ending was boring.

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  • Lara Jayne
  • 04-30-20

That narrator! Argh 🤬

Good grief this woman narrating! What is this accent this daft woman is using, gosh this made me mad, I wouldn’t of bought this on audio if I had of known it was as bad as this, I would of stuck to print. I recommend future buyers to avoid this audio at all costs! Read other reviews on the bad accents the reader uses. I found I started to resent the lead character, Sophies character was supposed to be an intellectual but the accent sounded like something from either Geordie Shore or Housos. It ruined this for me as it distracts from the story. Why would M.E use such an inexperienced voice actor!! Grrrrrr.

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  • Cate
  • 04-06-17

Well written, well read, keeps you listening

Would you listen to The Devil's Work again? Why?

I don't usually listen to Psychological Thrillers. The prologue nearly put me off as it was too disturbing, so I skipped it until I had finished the book. The rest of the book kept me interested and wanting to know more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sophie, the main character was very relatable.

What about Anna Parker-Naples’s performance did you like?

The Narrator's performance was very good, it was well read, expression was good. She was good at the various English regional Accents and she did male, female well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did stay up way too late to find out what happened next.

Any additional comments?

It was an interesting plot with a seemingly mundane setting, a publishing workplace but there was a history which collided with current events. Not predictable. Lots of mystery, twists and turns.

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  • hilary
  • 09-29-16

One of the best Mark Edwards yet

The perfect crime thriller. Initially, Sophie seems incomprehensibly daft; the plot too obvious to be borne. But there are some neat twists and complex plotting here. Maybe you'll pick it, maybe you won't. But it's absolutely a compulsive read despite occasionally hammy English accents. Mark Edwards is very good at delivering this type of book, and this is right up there with Because She Loves me, and way above Follow You Home.