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Magpie

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What to expect

‘Terrifyingly BRILLIANT’

MARIAN KEYES, AUTHOR OF GROWN UPS

‘A book that needed to exist in the world. It is the book that was missing’

LISA TADDEO, AUTHOR OF THREE WOMEN AND ANIMAL

‘Magnificent: I read it one sitting’

KATE MOSSE, AUTHOR OF THE CITY OF TEARS

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?

‘A pacy, stylish thriller in which suspense is accompanied by fist-pumping feminism and, perhaps toughest of all, hope.’

THE OBSERVER

‘Pulse-quickening-tale’

STYLIST

‘Scintillating’

THE SUNDAY TIMES, THRILLER OF THE MONTH

‘A compassionately crafted psychological drama’

HARPERS BAZAAR

‘I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough’

PRIMA MAGAZINE

‘A genius twist that left me reeling’

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

‘Be prepared for a sleight-of-hand-twist that will leave you gasping’

RED MAGAZINE

‘Utterly engrossing’

REFINERY 29

‘Sharp and sinister’

MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘Impossible to put down’

DAILY MAIL

‘A rich plot that also delves into meaty topics’

GRAZIA

Sunday Times bestseller 06/09/2021

Critics Review

  • ‘A dark, sleek, ever-tightening spiral …Completely, terrifyingly BRILLIANT
    MARIAN KEYES, AUTHOR OF GROWN UPS

    ‘Elizabeth Day has written that rare book I always go hunting for, something that will keep me breathless with suspense but also buoyant with good energy. It is both sinister and comforting, outrageous but grounded, with a head-spinning plot twist…Magpie is a book that needed to exist in the world. It is the book that was missing’
    LISA TADDEO, AUTHOR OF THREE WOMEN AND ANIMAL

    ‘Magpie is a clever, suspenseful read with a brilliant central pivot and a keen eye for relationships, including the toxic ones. A compelling, twisting read
    MATT HAIG, author of The Midnight Library and The Comfort Book

    ‘Superbly taut and well-written, noirish with a big and beating heart’
    JESSIE BURTON, AUTHOR OF THE MINIATURIST AND THE CONFESSION

    ‘An absorbing exploration of infertility and mental illness combined with the pace and plot of a heart-racing thriller … I literally couldn’t put this down. Sublime
    SARA COLLINS, AUTHOR OF THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANNIE LANGTON

    ‘The most mind-blowing book of the year’
    JOANNA CANNON, AUTHOR OF THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP AND THREE THINGS ABOUT ELSIE

    ‘Magpie is tightly plotted, crackling with an uneasy tension, and has an ingenious twist you won’t see coming. Stylish, sinister, and clever, this is a sublime thriller
    LOUISE O’NEILL, AUTHOR OF AFTER THE SILENCE

    ‘Magnificent. Clever, beautifully-crafted, gripping, warm: I read it in one sitting’
    KATE MOSSE, AUTHOR OF THE CITY OF TEARS

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