Mark Edwards

The Devil’s Work

"I loved every word of this book..."


It was the job Sophie Greenwood had dreamed of since childhood: working in marketing for iconic children's publisher, Jackdaw Books. After years out of the workforce to have her daughter, Sophie can't wait to get stuck in and hopefully mend her strained relationship with her unemployed husband. But on the very first day, an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie would rather forget, and she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake.

A mouse nailed to the front door. A stranger following her home in the shadows. Unexplainable whispers in the office late at night.

A series of disturbing events lead Sophie to think someone is out to get her, and as her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must confront dark secrets from her past and race to uncover the truth about her new job... before it kills her.

What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie's predecessor?

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Mark Edwards' latest psychological thriller is a gripping, page-turner of a novel that will keep you engrossed long into the night. Once you start reading you'll not be able to put it down until you've finished. Edwards has created a very human and natural environment with characters any of us could know which makes 'The Devil's Work' feel frighteningly real. Edwards has tapped into the worry, lack of confidence and sense of fear that Sophie feels on her first day, making her instantly likeable. As we follow Sophie meeting her colleagues, getting to grips with the job, and the change in her family dynamic, we get to know the vulnerable yet ambitious Sophie and quickly want her to succeed. What we also get are flashback chapters to Sophie's time at university where something shocking and life-changing happened to her. Gradually, Edwards slowly reveals breadcrumbs of information to tease us. There are some great set pieces and a standout scene for me is Sophie and her colleague Natalie trying to have a serious conversation against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse exercise. It's expertly written and delivers a huge plot twist at the end you won't see coming. As we get to the finale the tension mounts and bubbles to boiling point. The last few chapters are dark, disturbing and thrilling. I loved every word of this book and will definitely be reading it again (when my heart has stopped pounding). Mark Edwards is a talented novelist. 'The Devil's Work' can only cement his reputation as one of Britain's leading psychological thriller writers.

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