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Publisher's Summary

Meet the neighbors from hell, in the gripping thriller that reviewers and listeners 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 Mark Edwards (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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1 out of 5 stars
By M.A. Wilson on 12-03-14

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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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By kerri c on 04-22-15

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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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By jennifer on 05-10-14

The Magpies

Wow what a creepy psychological thriller this book is, Not many books get you hooked from the start but this did, I finished this book so quick because I could not stop listening,
This poor couple move in to this apartment starting a new life, but you may think you have the neighbours from hell think again!!
Everything about this story is brilliant and you really warm to the characters I would put this book in my top 10 without a doubt.

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Derek on 07-07-14

Definitely worth a spin

The beauty in most scary stories is in the normal life that surrounds it, in Magpies all appears normal, what could be more normal than IT guy and nurse in their first home together. The story builds and becomes more sinister with each chapter, it is beautifully written to create that sense of unease and general concern. The characters are for the most part believable and likeable. The narration is excellent Elliot Hill reads at the right pace and is very easy to listen to.
My only criticism is that some of the sexual scenes are a little over described, not in a James Herbert written for the hormone engorged teen, but a little unnecessary at times.
This is not an expensive audiobook, might be less than the cost of a credit in some cases, so you might want to consider buying, or do as I did and add it to your wish list and wait for a sale. Worth giving it a go.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By Lauren on 04-02-15

Dull, Dull, mind shatteringly dull.

One of the most boring "horror" books I've ever read. 95% descriptions of normal people doing normal things. Sub-plots that whent nowhere, an unlikeable main character all leading to an incredibly wwak climax. The mildy disturbing parts are buried under so much boring exposition you'll want to tear your ears off. I only completed It because I was determined to get my moneys worth. I would not recommend this book as a horror novel to anyone who isn't over 70 or be brought forward in time from the Victorian era.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Denise Mewett on 03-01-18

The Magpies

What a disturbing story!
A delightful couple move into a flat together. Their dream home, or is it? It gradually becomes clear it’s their worst nightmare. A gripping read with a surprising and totally believable ending.

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