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Publisher's Summary

Meet the neighbours from hell, in the gripping thriller that reviewers and readers 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 by Mark Edwards. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Bailey Wiggins
  • 2019-01-25

Such a good book until....EDIT

I honestly loved this book. I couldn’t stop listening. I am an avid listener to audio books, but this one kept me on the edge of my seat. I absolutely loved the main characters. So likeable. But THE ENDING. Rushed. Clumsy. I felt like the author spent months writing the rest of the book and five minutes on the ending. I was SO disappointed.... I think the book is worth the read because the story line is so good. It fair warning, the ending is less than satisfactory. Edit: finish the rest of the series! This series is so close to my heart now. I always think about these characters. The ending felt incomplete because it was!! Do yourself a favor, read this book and then read the two follow up books. It is well worth it

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  • firehawk
  • 2018-02-09

A great story!

Wow, I loved this story! I felt like an addict when I listened every lunch break and on every drive! I got so emotionally involved with the two main characters that I cried at the end (won't spoil with details)! We've all had an annoying neighbor... but never as bad as Jamie and Kirsty's! You won't be disappointed you got this book. It's unique yet relatable!

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  • kerri c
  • 2015-04-22

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.

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  • Wayne
  • 2015-11-02

Really, really, really bad neighbors!

Magpies is a better psychological thriller than I suspected. There are some crazy people.

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  • Karri K.
  • 2015-08-14

Stressful thriller

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.

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  • Andrea
  • 2019-01-16

Amazing

I listened to this book and it was amazing. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

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  • Getshotzi
  • 2017-06-26

Outstanding!!! Unique, compelling, terrifying!

I have a neighbor who has tried to run my life so this book was entertaining on more than one level.

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  • Donna D
  • 2015-08-15

Good intense

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.

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  • Echo
  • 2019-05-07

Suspenseful

This was a thriller. At times the suspense seeped into stressful. Sometimes I wasn’t sure if everything that was happening was truly happening or paranoid delusions. Jamie was probably my least favorite character- though I don’t dislike him, I’m just ranking him - because of his reasons for staying, and occasional imbecility when it came to course of action or reaction. I enjoyed the story overall and liked the ending. I would recommend.

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  • M.A. Wilson
  • 2014-12-03

I Thought This Book Would Never End! Hated it!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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!

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