BOOK REVIEW: A thriller that lived up to the hype

I loved Magpie and couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen next. It’s one of those thrillers that keeps you guessing and there’s never a good place to stop reading.

Marisa and Jake are in a new relationship and have decided to move in together to start their family. They’re the seemingly perfect couple, but when they take on Kate as a lodger, their flawless life is tested. Why does Kate seem to know so much about them and seem so involved in their lives? This book is full of twists and it’s hard to know who to trust!

This was a really excellent thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I’m always leery when books are compared to Gone Girl because that typically is setting my expectations way too high, but this one lived up to the hype. There were just enough plot twists to keep me guessing, but it was also a super grounded story.

The characters seemed realistic to me. Some of my favorite thrillers are ones where you get lost in the story simply because you could see it happening to you or someone you love. Elizabeth Day does a really good job of getting you to like the characters you’re supposed to and dislike others. You were really rooting for certain ones in the end and she didn’t disappoint. 

I also enjoyed the fast paced nature of the story. It was a relatively short book and it felt just right. The author took some serious, traumatic topics and treated them with care. It felt like she was handling issues of infertility, mental health, and toxic relationships with empathy. This really moved the story along for me and helped me relate to the characters.

Purchase Magpie from Blue House Books!