Fiction

Magpie by Elizabeth Day

About the Book

Sometimes Marisa gets the fanciful notion that Kate has visited the house before. She makes herself at home without any self-consciousness. She puts her toothbrush right there in the master bathroom, on the shelf next to theirs.

In Jake, Marisa has found everything she’s ever wanted. Then their new lodger Kate arrives.
 
Something about Kate isn’t right. Is it the way she looks at Marisa’s boyfriend? Sits too close on the sofa? Constantly asks about the baby they are trying for? Or is it all just in Marisa’s head?
 
After all, that’s what her Jake keeps telling her. And she trusts him – doesn’t she?
 
But Marisa knows something is wrong. That the woman sleeping in their house will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
 
Marisa just doesn’t know why.
  
How far will she go to find the answer – and how much is she willing to lose?

What I thought

What an intriguing tale. I loved this book and thought it was very cleverly thought out.

I’m going to say very little about the plot since I would hate to spoil it for potential readers, but I’m not entirely sure if I would call this a thriller in the true sense of the word. Yes it is thrilling, but it’s really a story about family, abandonment, mental illness, mistrust, motherhood, fertility and maternal relationships. That’s a lot of themes and they are all interwoven to make for a very compelling and sometimes quite poignant read.

It had me constantly wondering what would happen next, feeling empathy for all the characters, yet with an undercurrent of niggling doubt as to whether characters were always telling the truth.

I thought it was brilliant and highly recommend it. And that is probably the shortest review that I’ve ever written, but I just think it’s a book you need to read yourself, knowing very little beforehand.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

♥ Happy Reading ♥


Thank you to the publisher 4th Estate for an advance copy of the book via Netgalley.

The book is published today in e-book and hardback and can be found on Amazon, and Waterstones, as well as other book retailers.

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