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ARC BOOK REVIEW

Release Date-November 28th 2019 
Publisher-Avon Books UK
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-377 Pages

The haunting, twisty new psychological thriller from the author of Cuckoo

She’s married to him. But does she know him at all?

Claire lives with her family in a beautiful house overlooking the water. But she feels as if she’s married to a stranger – one who is leading a double life. As soon as she can get their son Joe away from him, she’s determined to leave Duncan.

But finding out the truth about Duncan’s secret life leads to consequences Claire never planned for. Now Joe is missing, and she’s struggling to piece together the events of the night that tore them all apart.

Alone in an isolated cottage, hiding from Duncan, Claire tries to unravel the lies they’ve told each other, and themselves. Something happened to her family … But can she face the truth?

A dark mystery with a twist – perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and C. J. Tudor

MY REVIEW

Magpie by Sophie Draper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Claire and Duncan’s marriage is in trouble, from the outside it looks like they have it all but the reality itself is far different with Duncans growing coldness and numerous infidelities seeming to be a route cause of a lot of the problems between them. Her eighteen-year-old son through not diagnosed definitely has an ASD and his additional needs have also piled on the pressure on top of what is already a pressure cooker just waiting to explode. So this narrates the events in a before and after fashion from both Claire and Duncans POV. This did keep me turning the pages to discover the truth and I did enjoy the mysterious obscurity of it all as I pieced the puzzle together. I must confess I did guess the twist so the ending here didn’t really come as a surprise to me but some of the whats and whys were news. I also realised the further I read that the same story could be interpreted differently depending on who you actually listened to and that this actually was a lot of shades rather than the black and white like I originally thought. I could kind of see how events had come to pass the way they had, of course, I am in no way excusing it just understanding how they had come to be at the stalement they now were. Guilt and blame can rot the strongest of foundations and Duncan’s games are almost like a crutch he uses to cope. So for me, this was a bit repetitive and also a tad slow. The narrative at times was also overly descriptive and somewhat confusing though it did set a great spooky atmosphere. I was also left feeling somewhat sad and melancholy after finishing. One last thought I really liked the inclusion of the son Joe in this: my own son has Aspergers and I really could appreciate a lot of similarities between them. My son is as obsessive in his interests as Joe was here, he also extremely literal so I got that also. I did have a few issues with this but it was still an interesting experience.

I voluntary reviewed a copy of Magpie.