Book Review: The Devil's Work by Mark Edwards

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Title - The Devil's Work
Author - Mark Edwards
Publication Date - September 13th 2016
Publisher - Thomas & Mercer
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided by publisher via NetGalley)
Pages - 374

Blurb
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.

Review
First of all, I'd like to say huge thank you to the author Mark Edwards, for allowing me to read an advance copy of his upcoming release The Devil's Work. Since reading Follow You Home, I've been highly anticipating Mark's next book. There's a certain edginess to this author's books. A certain something that manages to get beneath your skin and have you wondering what you've let yourself in for. He's an incredibly-skilled writer with the perfect tools for this genre and that is only highlighted in his latest book The Devil's Work.

In The Devil's Work by Mark Edwards, readers are introduced to Sophie Greenwood. Sophie is stepping back into the working world. Not only that, but she's managed to land her dream job, working at Jackdaw Books, 'the world's most successful children's publishers'. It's everything she's ever wanted and more, but Sophie is nervous. After staying at home to take care of her daughter Daisy, it's been a while since she's been in the work environment. Still, she's determined not to let this chance slip by. She's sure there are people who would kill to be in her position and she's going to make the most of it.

What begins as an exciting opportunity for Sophie quickly takes a dark and disturbing turn, and it begins to become clear that things are not what they seem in this publishing house. There are secrets hiding in the darkest corners, and for Sophie, the very place itself seems haunted in the most bizarre of ways. Something's not right, and as her time at the publishing house progresses, it only seems to become worse for her. From a terrifying situation involving her daughter, to not quite feeling that her colleagues are telling her the whole truth, it's clear that there are certain things that they don't want Sophie to know. As if the circumstances Sophie finds herself in aren't enough to raise the goosebumps on your skin, the characters within this novel were really something else. From Sophie's colleagues to the main man of the publishing house, Franklin Bird, each seems to know something that Sophie doesn't. Creepy, evil and incredibly compelling, The Devil's Work wormed its way beneath my skin and kept me reading past midnight.

Slipping between the past and the present, Mark Edwards takes readers for a twisted ride in his latest novel. We're taken right the way back to Sophie's university days, where we see her early friendships and the scenarios which unfold. It was interesting to be taken back to this time in Sophie's life, feeling rather like witnessing the building blocks that had made her into the person she is in the present day. There was a thread of evilness within this novel that weaved its way right the way through to the very end. It was compelling yet frightening at times, and seemed to unnerve me repeatedly. From cockroaches to the murmuring and whispers of what seem like ghosts of a time before her own, Edwards got the tone and atmosphere spot-on with this book. Oppressive, claustrophobic almost, it was hauntingly real yet oh-so-difficult to put down.

All in all, The Devil's Work by Mark Edwards was a deliciously dark and devious read with twists and turns aplenty. I love this author and his work, and will be awaiting all of his future novels with baited breath. He just seems to get better with each one. If you love a novel capable of making your skin crawl with apprehension, then look no further. Becca's Books is awarding The Devil's Work by Mark Edwards with five of my bookish cupcakes. I absolutely loved it.


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

You can find Mark Edwards on Facebook | Twitter | markedwardsauthor.com

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