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I was so unsettled and disturbed by an event that happened at the start of this book that I almost stopped reading it there and then. Unsure what to do, luckily, in the end, I decided to keep reading it. If a book is able to trigger such strong emotions it must be a good book, I thought. In fact, it was a brilliant and gripping novel, despite the fact that it made me feel uncomfortable sometimes.

The pacing was perfect and the main topics of mental health issues, women’s infertility and motherhood were developed with sensitivity.

I was intrigued and immersed in the story as the plot was engaging, however, I was not satisfied at all by the end because it sounded too simplistic.

Overall, I enjoyed it and as I loved the writing style, I’m definitely going to read another book by this author.

From Goodreads:

She has almost everything. The rest she’ll take.

Marisa may have only known Jake a few months, but she has never felt this certain about anyone. When he asks her to move in with him and they start trying for a baby, she knows she has finally found the steadfast love and support she has been looking for all her life.

But their relationship is tested when they take in a lodger, Kate, who has little regard for personal boundaries and seems to take an uncomfortable interest in Jake – as well as the baby they are hoping to have.

Why is Kate so obsessed with the couple? And, more worryingly, why doesn’t Jake share Marisa’s concern?

In her determination to find the answers, Marisa risks losing everything she holds dear…

Magpie is a tense, twisting, brilliantly written novel about mothers and children, envy and possession, and the dangers of getting everything you’ve ever dreamed of.