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marissab Tue 07-May-13 19:54:02

Oh i'm halfway through this and if anyone's looking for a gripping fast paced read, pick this up. It's quite cheap on kindle store at the mo and well worth a look. It's sooo edge of the seat!

SisterMatic Thu 27-Jun-13 02:10:06

I was recommended your book on here, Mark.

I would like to say I really enjoyed it and thank you for taking the time to come on and let us know more about the protagonists. The Magpies gave me nightmares, so I suppose that is a compliment grin

chirpchirp Wed 19-Jun-13 22:26:13

Just finished reading this and how lovely to be able to have a chat with the author! I did enjoy the majority of it and raced through it. I felt a little deflated at towards the end as so much happened in the last 50 or so pages and I would have liked to have more dedicated to the discovery, the "event", the trail, and I would have liked to hear a little more about what happened to Jamie and kirsty in more detail before it was wrapped up. There was also part of me that would have enjoyed a short chapter or two from inside Lucy and Chris' flat not giving anything major away just a glimpse of their life.

sarah the way I interpreted it was that Jamie's relationships with everyone changed because of the strain of Chris and Lucy and the impacted they were having on his mental stability. With Paul it was partly down to his accident which is common with head injuries and partly due to Jamie no longer being as happy go lucky as he was at the start of the book, being more confrontational and desperate.

valiumredhead Tue 18-Jun-13 12:20:20

Hi Mark smile

I have just recommended your book this morning to two friends that I saw then logged on and saw your post. Spoooooooky grin

marissab Thu 13-Jun-13 14:54:42

Sorry your book will make a great movie not Duma Keyblush

marissab Thu 13-Jun-13 14:53:51

Mark i'm so pleased you dropped by. I loved this book and takes me back to my teens when i raced through scary thrillers like this. I'm now reading Duma Key by SK which is about the after effects of brain injury also. Most gripping book i've read in ages and it'll make an awesome movie. Have recommended to loads of people .grin

Samu2 Tue 04-Jun-13 17:35:05

Can't wait to start this one.

markedwardsauthor Tue 04-Jun-13 14:27:10

Hi Mrsrobertduvall



Lucy and Chris were two psychopaths who met and decided to team up in order to do what they enjoyed: tormenting people and ruining their lives. When Jamie looks around their flat at the end he discovers that they have separate rooms, which was meant to convey that their marriage was not real that they lived together solely to carry out their schemes. The book is about the banality of evil; there are many psychopaths and sociopaths living among us but usually in books and films they are vicious, out-of-control serial killers. Lucy and Chris are killers but they mostly take a more subtle approach and get their thrills from the slow torture of their victims.

With Paul, I was trying to hint that he had lost his soul... There are little hints of the supernatural throughout the book which are intended to make the reader wonder what is really going on... But, actually, the crash affected his brain, changing its chemistry and making him more like the Newtons. It's quite common for people to undergo a personality change after a head injury; I was trying to make people think there was a more sinister reason for his behaviour when the reality is quite prosaic. It's the opposite to Rosemary's Baby, where you wonder if Rosemary is imagining everything and being paranoid, but actually her child really is the son of the devil (though Ira Levin ruined it somewhat in the sequel in which it turned out to be a dream!)

I hope that makes sense!

Mrsrobertduvall Sun 02-Jun-13 20:34:04

Thanks for dropping by!
I just felt I wanted to know more about why the protagonists did what they did. And why Paul wasn't cross with them for not being more concerned with his recovery.

markedwardsauthor Sat 01-Jun-13 20:25:23

I stumbled across this thread on Google (yes I was Googling myself!) and felt compelled to stop by and say thanks for reading The Magpies and (mostly) enjoying it.

Sorry some people didn't like the ending. I can't really say much without being spoilerish, but I hope that people will understand that Jamie did what he did because he was driven to breaking point. And I deliberately avoided a neat, happy Hollywood ending because I wanted to make it as realistic as possible. To me, the conclusion was inevitable - the only way I could end it.

Once again, thanks for reading it.

marissab Wed 29-May-13 10:02:38

I think it was so fast paced and gripping that the end was gonna struggle to compete with the main part. Wish they'd caught the other baddy.

Mrsrobertduvall Tue 28-May-13 13:33:43

I've just finished it and like others, thought the ending was a let down.

WannaBeANinja Tue 21-May-13 23:22:34

I've just finished this book, really enjoyed it yet the end was a bit 'meh' for me
I would have liked them to have stayed together and g had a lovely life as a "up yours" to the meanys smile

valiumredhead Thu 16-May-13 22:06:24

Thanks sarah will look for it smile

cocolepew Thu 16-May-13 18:02:46

I downloaded it because it was cheap glad its good!

SarahAndFuck Thu 16-May-13 18:00:00

Also, if you enjoyed this book, you might also really like A Kind of Intimacy by Jenn Ashworth.

It has a similar theme and from a slow revelations you get very wrapped up in the backstory and the unfolding main story, which seems simple at first but gets increasingly creepy and worrying as the story goes on.

SarahAndFuck Thu 16-May-13 17:56:55

I've finished it now and I really enjoyed it, but yes the ending was very odd.

And I found the bits about the friend, Paul, quite confusing too, because his sudden change was never fully explained. Neither was the stuff with the friend from work.

I suppose the end was meant to show how someone can reach breaking point and behave irrationally.

But I would have liked that last twist to reach a more definite resolution as well.

EnlightenedOwl Sun 12-May-13 09:51:08

The ending seemed odd to me too why do what he did - better to leave all as it were to prove the case.
sorry for being a bit evasive trying not to spoil the ending

marissab Fri 10-May-13 13:56:14

Yeah not to spoil the very end but would like to have seen that 'very' final twist concluded more fully instead of just hinted at. Iyswim wink

valiumredhead Fri 10-May-13 11:58:19

I loved it but felt the ending was a bit rushed.

MimsyBorogroves Fri 10-May-13 10:58:10

I started this yesterday and am willing DS to go to sleep so I can crack on with it.

SarahAndFuck Thu 09-May-13 22:16:59

I'm just about to start it, glad it's getting good reviews smile

marissab Wed 08-May-13 19:01:09

Ooo what a book. Never read a book as quick. Will make an awesome movie.

ElectricSoftParade Tue 07-May-13 20:43:33

I really enjoyed The Magpies. Enjoy!

MrsJohnDeere Tue 07-May-13 20:40:29

I enjoyed it but it gave me nightmares! I woke up screaming out loud one night.

BreasticlesNTesticles Tue 07-May-13 20:39:46

In for a penny ... grin

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