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Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Devil's Work - Mark Edwards

So the wait is finally over and the latest book from Mark Edwards, The Devil's Work is here and I couldn't wait to read it!

I love the fact that Mr Edwards has a real talent for picking up on the everyday things or situations and turning them into something terrifying and The Devil's Work is a tale about just that.

Sophie Greenwood has just landed her dream job working at Jackdaw Books but after being on extended maternity leave it's only natural that she's nervous about starting her new role and getting back into the workplace.

After being introduced to her team Sophie soon bumps into the top man Franklin Bird, who is the grandfather of one of her old university friends Jasmine, and she's transported back to a time that she'd rather forget. After a slightly unnerving lunch with him she's soon back at her desk and trying to work out the dynamics between her new colleagues. When asking about Miranda, Sophie's predecessor, it's clear that no-one feels comfortable discussing it other than to say that she met a guy and left the country.  

It's not long before Sophie becomes suspicious of Cassie and she's convinced that her young, beautiful and well dressed colleague is the type that will stop at nothing to get what she wants and has an answer for everything. When it seems like someone is trying to sabotage Sophie's job Cassie is the obvious choice, but is it really fair to judge people on first impressions? As her suspicions grow stronger and things in her private life start to fall apart Sophie finds herself suspecting everyone around her and alienating herself from friends and family and questioning her own sanity.

The story is told between the present day and Sophie's university days when she was best friends with Jasmine, Franklin Birds granddaughter and it's one that flows effortlessly as we find out what went on between the two young girls.

Mark Edwards never fails to disappoint when it comes to writing a story that will creep you out and make you  feel truly uncomfortable but still compelled to read on. True to form, this is another fantastic book full of twists, turns and numerous red herrings, but don't ever think that you can outsmart this author as he will always be one step ahead of you ready to turn all your assumptions on their head!  If you haven't yet ventured into any of Mark's books then you really are missing out in my humble opinion.

With kind thanks to publishers Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for the review copy.

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