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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)

"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) 

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okay book

a bit disappointed with this one . Had great reviews , but I felt it fell flat in the end

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  • Muireall A. Urchadan
  • 09-07-21

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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  • Fiona Curran
  • 09-06-21

Loved the writing but…..

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

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  • Louise
  • 09-11-21

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-16-21

Hard Work

Would make a great short story. Was hard work getting through it. Lots of unessesary descriptive narrative which made it very tedious to get through.

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  • Mrs. CB
  • 09-05-21

Far-fetched

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

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  • laura mcpherson
  • 10-18-21

Weak story

Disappointing book - very over hyped. Week and unrealistic story, expected more from Elizabeth give her own IVF experience.

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  • I'm all ears
  • 09-14-21

Not really a Thriller

Not a thriller, no twists, once the storyline was revealed it just dragged out, couldn't really say what genre it is.

Was good at first and kept me guessing what was going to happen and waiting for the twists or suspense but there wasn't any, Turned into a bit of a sob story!

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  • V Graham
  • 09-09-21

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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  • VitaminDdeficient
  • 06-23-22

Flawed but enjoyable

Kept my attention all the way through. Easy listening. Bit stereotypical some of the characters (Annabel, chris) and cringed at the reader’s accents. Possibly the IVF section went on a bit and the ending could’ve been cut shorter. Some cultural references to toilet/drawing room/lounge annoyed me as they were not consistent with Marissa’s background or Jake’s. But made watering the garden and motorway driving on the motorway entertaining.

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  • CLC
  • 07-31-22

enjoyable

i really struggled with the narrator at first (quite a few unnecessary pregnant pauses) but I'm glad i stuck with it and i felt the narration got better (or i no longer noticed it!).

a few twists but not too unrealistic.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 09-04-21

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-25-22

Loved it!

I really enjoyed the plot of this book.
I did think the narrator needed a little variety in her tone but apart from that I loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-22

Fantastic story

This is so well written. The characters are deeply developed. Twists you don’t see coming. Would make a great movie too. Covers difficult subjects like infertility, mental illness, childhood trauma with an empathic, compassionate approach while still being a thriller of sorts, although unconventional. The mother in law is so vividly depicted. Looking for her next book immediately! One of the best books I’ve got in a while.

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  • needbetterheating
  • 06-02-22

Compelling story, great narrator

Enjoyed the story. A somewhat different twist on the single white female trope. Narrator was great, really brought it to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-24-21

I’m obsessed, listened in 1.5 days

Another great novel from Elizabeth Day, really recommend it’s an easy listen and addictive to get through. Just enough Easter eggs to make the twists consistently rewarding!

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  • Noinam
  • 09-24-21

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-21

Fantastic novel

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

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  • Lisa
  • 09-17-21

Peaked way too early

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-21

Absolutely loved this book

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

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  • emchandles
  • 09-10-21

Brilliant

Loved this. Like no other book I've read. Trying to describe it without spoilers is impossible.