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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2021 Elizabeth Day (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"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)

"The most mind-blowing book of the year." (Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie)

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Easy listen … trails off a little at the end

I enjoyed the narrator - she was excellent. The first two thirds of the book I found I couldn’t stop listening but (and this is subjective) I became disinterested near the end.

Overall worth a listen. A great holiday read.

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Fantastic novel

Excellent book. Really captivating and beautifully written. Tanya Reynolds is perfect as the narrator. Really recommend

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Peaked way too early

Felt it reached its peak far too early. The second half really dragged. Wouldn’t recommend

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Absolutely loved this book

Brilliant, could not stop listening, really enthralling absolutely brilliant, loved every minute. Loved the narration

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So. Good.

I was recommending this book to people before I'd finished it - original and thought provoking, I know it'll be with me for a long time. The observable moments in a person's life are written so well that I found myself nodding, smiling and even eye rolling along with the protagonist (no spoiler but in the second half, that is). A new favourite.

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Disappointing

I’m not sure why the desire for a child affects this couple so much. And how they stay together during the nightmare what with the mother in law and marissa. I found this story one dimensional.

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  • 07-09-2021

Good read

Great book but I thought the twist came a bit early on and I was waiting for another that didn’t really come so the ending almost felt a bit flat. Nice but flat. Annoyed me how the reader said “worry” and didn’t pronounce Provence correctly. Other than that she had a lovely voice that suited the story.

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  • 06-09-2021

Loved the writing but…..

I mostly enjoyed the book but was pretty disappointed by the hallmark movie style happy ending

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  • 11-09-2021

Disappointing ending

Fabulous until the nauseous saccharine ending.I was hoping for a twist. You can skip the last chapter as nothing happens.

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  • 09-09-2021

Really enjoyed this

I enjoyed the development of the story, the main characters were well written, and I enjoyed the narration. Glad I listened to it before reading the other reviews as some of the detail in them would have somewhat spoiled the story. One or two minor mispronunciations in the narration but only noticeable because the narration overall was very good.

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  • Mrs. CB
  • 05-09-2021

Far-fetched

Story was ill conceived and far fetched, significant errors in describing things shows a lack of real research.

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  • Goleen2
  • 25-09-2021

Really good characterisation and excellent narration.

This novel is so well written. Full of pathos and gives a sensitive account of fertility difficulties. The characters are really well drawn. Narration is so good that in combination with the thrilling aspect of the story, you can imagine yourself as a fly on the wall in the room.
Really enjoyed this!

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  • 24-09-2021

Two magpies

Fantastic narration and TR sounds very like elizabeth day too. Only quibble is pronunciation of ‘Provence’. Gripping and immersive, so clear I never missed a beat. Perhaps truth is stranger than fiction? Recommend this to all woman especially those who have had ivf or surrogacy dealings.

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  • J. Insley
  • 24-09-2021

Horrible characters

Every character in this book - even Kate - was flawed in some way. Selfish, possessive, weak, obsessive, delusional. It made it hard to enjoy the storyline.

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  • "gaynor311"
  • 23-09-2021

Loved the twists and turns

Very well written and very well read. I couldn’t put it down. I recommend this book.

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  • Gabby
  • 23-09-2021

Great story

Very well written story. A little slow to begin with but once you get to the braking point it is very enjoyable from then on. Thoroughly recommended.

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