Today is my stop on the blog tour for Magpie and I am here today with a review of this intriguing book.
**A copy of this book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review**
Title: Magpie Publisher: Avon Published: 28th November 2019 Format: Ebook Source:: Review Copy from Publisher Add It:Amazon UK. Goodreads. Summary: She’s married to him. But does she know him at all?
Claire lives with her family in a beautiful house overlooking the water. But she feels as if she’s married to a stranger – one who is leading a double life. As soon as she can get their son Joe away from him, she’s determined to leave Duncan.
But finding out the truth about Duncan’s secret life leads to consequences Claire never planned for. Now Joe is missing, and she’s struggling to piece together the events of the night that tore them all apart.
Alone in an isolated cottage, hiding from Duncan, Claire tries to unravel the lies they’ve told each other, and themselves. Something happened to her family … But can she face the truth?
The very first thing I should say is that this book is not the book I thought it would be. That being said, I still really enjoyed the book. It had me hooked and I simply could not work out what was going on. I did eventually work out the twist before the end but it was still quite a shock which is always good. This book has such an eerie atmospheric feel to it, which I really wasn’t expecting but really added an extra level to the book.
Magpie jumps between the POV of Martin and Claire and between “before” and “after”. In this respects, it takes a lot of concentration to really get the full story as you’re throw from one place to the next, trying to piece together the story and work out how it all started and where it was all heading. Fortunately, I love it when books do this as it makes it feel more like you’re trying to work out a puzzle but I do know that some people can find this jarring so I thought it was important to mention it.
The characters in the story are the main reason I enjoyed this book so much. I wanted Claire to find her missing son and I wanted to know why Duncan was acting the way he was. It was very much a book that relied on character development. You witnessed how each event affected each character and how that in turn had different consequences that continued to spiral. A very interesting way of writing a book.
I definitely enjoyed this book and would recommend it to people who enjoy domestic thrillers.
About the Author
Sophie 's debut novel, CUCKOO, was published by Avon (HarperCollins) on 29th Nov 2018. It won the Bath Novel Award 2017 (as "The Pear Drum") and the prestigious Friday Night Live competition at the York Festival of Writing 2017.
Her second book, MAGPIE, is due out on 28th November 2019.
Sophie lives with her family in Derbyshire, in a house filled with music, several cats, too many books and three growing boys. When not writing, Sophie works as a traditional oral storyteller. She was nominated for the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence 2013 (Outstanding Female Storyteller) and performs across the UK, telling stories for all ages at festivals, schools, historic houses, museums and community groups.