Book Review: The Devil’s Work, by Mark Edwards #thedevilswork

Publisher:  Thomas and Mercer

Publication date:  13th September 2016

The Devils Work My Review

The Devil's Work - Kindle Cover

Mark Edwards is fast becoming one of my favourite authors as his talent for character selection is undeniable. It’s the mundane traits of people that appear in his books that crank up the suspense as you can see something familiar in them, people you may have worked or lived with, or perhaps you may even recognise yourself. Then he does what he knows best: he stealthily hangs a target on their back and fires them into awful circumstances until their lives begin to unravel. But he’s relentless and doesn’t stop pushing, even when they’ve fallen to their knees.

And so welcome to paranoia-ville, complete with creeping suspicion and the most positively slap-worthy cast.

Set in the claustrophobic, gargoyle clad publishing house of Jackdaw Books, a dream job becomes available for Sophie Greenwood. This is her big moment after her young daughter, Daisy, has started school. But when she discovers she’s replacing a member of staff who left her desk and hasn’t been seen since, the chance of getting through her three month trial already feels like it’s slipping away.

Let the ominous office politics begin, or rather the subtle undertow of deliberate sabotage and much stirring to undermine her position – or so it seems. Without evidence, she attributes her jumpiness to the pressure of a new job and anxiously leaving Daisy for the first time. That is, until her husband is suspended from his work as a reporter through a mistake he swears he didn’t make and dead mice start decorating their front door.

DON’T. PANIC. All is well, as the decrepit boss of Jackdaw who is the grandfather of Sophie’s old friend from University, has his beady on everyone with his ‘we’re just one big family’ attitude – well that’s a relief, eh? When Sophie is asked to market a book called The Devil’s Work, the suspected office games are get way out of hand and she risks looking like she’s not only misplaced her professionalism but also her mind.

So, is someone chipping away to undermine Sophie Greenwood? Then who the hell is it, and why are they going out of their way to be so damned unkind? Sophie is not only having to watch her back, but that of her irritable unemployed husband, Guy, and poor Daisy, who’s not been quite right since that ‘bring your daughter to work day’.

Brace yourself for a psychological thriller on an Olympic scale, which I’ve no doubt would win gold, hands down. After many days of spiteful taunting, mammoth manipulation, and the past being dredged up for good measure – then bring on that utterly incredible twist!

The Devil’s Work is a book that really gets under your skin and I guarantee you won’t stop reading until you discover the agenda that is afoot. With its effortless tip-toe-ingly evil vibe and unremarkable situations that morph into the worst thing imaginable, it’s a wickedly sinister read from first page to last.

Rating:  5/5

(My thanks to the author for kindly providing a digital copy of his book in exchange for an unbiased review – here’s wishing a very happy publication day to him!)

The Devils Work Book Summary

(Courtesy of Amazon UK)

A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies.

It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake.

What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie’s predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years.

As her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must race to uncover the truth about her new job…before it kills her.


The Devils Work Author Profile

(Courtesy of Amazon UK)

I write psychological thrillers. My influences include writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell, Ian McEwan, Val McDermid and Donna Tartt and movies like Rosemary’s Baby, Single White Female, Fatal Attraction and anything in which scary things happen to ordinary people.

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THE MAGPIES (2013) and BECAUSE SHE LOVES ME (2014) topped the Kindle chart in the UK, as did FOLLOW YOU HOME (2015) which also was a top five bestseller in the US. My other solo novel is WHAT YOU WISH FOR (2014) and I have one short story, KISSING GAMES, available on Amazon. My next psychological thriller, THE DEVIL’S WORK will be published on 13/9/16.

I have co-written six novels with Louise Voss: CATCH YOUR DEATH (2012; a #1 bestseller), KILLING CUPID (2012), ALL FALL DOWN (2013) and FORWARD SLASH (2013). We are now writing a series featuring DI Patrick Lennon. The first two books are FROM THE CRADLE (2014) and THE BLISSFULLY DEAD (2015). In total, I have sold over 1.5 million copies of my books.

After a career that has taken in everything from answering complaint calls for a rail company to teaching English in Japan and being a marketing director, I now write full-time. I live in the West Midlands, England, with my wife, our three children and a ginger cat.

Please note: there is another author called Mark Edwards. If a title is not listed on my author page, it’s not by me.



BOOK TOUR + REVIEW: Follow You Home, By Mark Edwards


Publisher: Thomas Mercer  |  Publication date: 30th June 2015  |  Edition: Kindle (review copy)

Follow You Home is an intense mind-messing thriller with attitude – one so compelling and oh, so dark.

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

What goes on in the woods, stays in the woods. Not if it ‘Follows You Home’, by Mark Edwards.

It lulls you into a false sense of security before launching unexpected twists at you; first you’re paddling on the edge, then you’re wading, and the farther in you go you realise just how incredibly well plotted (and sub plotted) it is.

So, if you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise – and there’s an understatement, if ever there was one.

Daniel Sullivan and Laura Mackenzie. A fairly unremarkable couple, making plans to get married, start a family. They decided to throw caution to the wind and embark on a ‘Grand Tour’ before they settle down. And it’s all mapped out. Travelling through Europe, France, Spain, Italy, Greece…finally to Russia, and then, aaah, home-sweet-home.

They’ve been skipping about like little lambs until they reach Romania by train, when their journey is terrifyingly interrupted. After their hideous experience they travel home to London as quickly as the authorities will let them. But the trauma of the trip proves too great a strain to simply allow them settle back into their routine lives. Normality is now something that other people encounter.

As the book blurb states, they vow never to talk about ‘the woods’ with anyone, and this is where Mark Edwards succeeds in giving new definition to the phrase ‘lingering suspense’. He cruelly taunts you with little snippets of the couple’s time abroad, carefully teasing out the truth until the finale. My instinct had been clinging to the wrong scent due to the sheer number of vultures circling the scene.

I hesitate to use the term ‘psychological thriller’, as it just won’t cut it on this occasion. That would be categorising this book in the same league as many, many others. No, I couldn’t do that. This is ‘look-over-your-shoulder-whilst-reading’ worthy.

Twisted? Certainly.  Disturbing? Absolutely.  Why, you ask?  Well, what goes on in the woods, stays in the woods…or does it?  Sometimes, it just might Follow You Home.


Rating: 5/5

(My sincere thanks to both the author, Mark Edwards, and our tour organiser, Liz Barnsley, for THE most excellent review copy and allowing me to be part of this tour x)

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Website: Want to know more about Mark Edwards?  Visit his website

Where to buy: Would you like to purchase Follow You Home?  Buy, my pretties, buy:  Amazon UK

 Book Summary Mark Edwards

(Extract taken from Amazon UK)

The page-turning psychological thriller from the author of #1 bestsellers The Magpies and Because She Loves Me.

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home.

Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what happened that night. But as they try to fit into their old lives again, they realise they are in terrible danger—and that their nightmare is just beginning…