The Devil’s Work – Mark Edwards 4.5 stars



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

When Sophie Greenwood returns to work after four years raising her daughter, she is ready for an exciting new challenge.

But after an unnerving encounter drags up memories she’d rather forget, things take a turn for the sinister. 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.

The Devil’s Work – Harrogate Book Group discussion:

Can you imagine my level of excitement – not only was this my “pop my Harrogate Cherry” experience but I was also invited to participate in Mark Edwards’ book group discussion with the opportunity to meet the great man himself and ask him lots of burning questions – and to meet fellow TBC members and bloggers….oh yes my feeling of having arrived is here!

We met in the White Hart hotel  in Meeting Room 11 (after hysterical debate over whether or not Mark wanted us all in bedroom 11 to stage some bizarre scene for his next novel! I have to say we were all on fire! (or perhaps melting due to the tropical temperature over the weekend!) We got a great insight into the inspirations behind Mark’s books – how can one man have experienced such bizarre life events in the most ordinary of settings! Thankfully he has and this has resulted in some bloody fantastic books for us readers to devour; we discussed just what did happen at the end of Magpies and is there any chance of a follow up – Mark wasn’t sure but this audience was clear that this was something that they craved….we shall wait patiently and see what happens!

Some brilliant discussion took place around Mark’s writing habits – he is definitely a “pantser” and often spends his time wiping crumbs from his laptop and staring into space “thinking”; he has worked in some strange situations giving rise to this new genre “office noir” and has probably got the most bizarre internet search history in the UK!

What a wonderfully down to earth man Mark is, he presented us all with a fab goody bag for our participation and a copy of his new book, The Devil’s Work which he signed for us all. I just want to know how does one so handsome have such a beautifully warped mind!

My review of the Devil’s Work:

4.5 stars from me! Mark Edwards has this uncanny knack of taking an ordinary situation and turning it into a terrifying psychological roller coaster of a ride! Sophie has returned to work now that her daughter has started school – it’s her dream job with Jackdaw Publishers – her husband, Guy, is just about to be dealt a terrible blow with regards to his future and slowly but terrifyingly things start to go very very wrong for Sophie… This book has so many twists and turns that you will end up suspecting everyone you come across – every time you think you have it – another twist appears! What I love about Marks books are the characters are just so ordinary and their lives are too – that’s what makes them such chilling reads – you read with butterflies in your tummy constantly – thinking this could be my life! I switched from liking each character to despising them as my suspicions fell on them. Guy annoyed me at times as I felt he was very self obsessed and unsupportive towards Sophie, I wanted to shake him at times! You could easily devour this book in one sitting it hooks you so that you don’t want to put it down! Chillingly ordinary and another brilliant read from Mark Edwards! Thank you to Netgalley and Mark Edwards for an ARC in return for an honest review

To pre-order your copy head over to Amazon and get clicking! Due out on 13th Sept 2016

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