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.
I always know when I pick up a book by Mark Edwards I’m in for a gripping read and The Devils work certainly lived up to my expectations. It’s a highly intense psychological thriller that pulls you in from the first intriguing chapter and keeps you in its grips to the very last page. Sophie appears to have it all, her dream job and a loving family. From the first day in her new job at Jackdaw Books, it becomes apparent bad things seem to happen to employees and Sophie is no exception, it’s not long before things begin to happen to Sophie that affect both her work and home life. As Sophie’s mistrust of her work colleagues grew I too found myself becoming more suspicious of each and everyone of them.
The author presents the readers with numerous characters some less likeable than others, I found Sophie’s work colleague Cassie especially difficult to take to, she appeared power hungry and manipulative, traits I always find to be not particularly endearing, but the author made her pivotal to the plot, and she certainly adds a sense of mistrust and intrigue to this chilling tale. I found the protagonist Sophie to be an intriguing character, and I was desperate to find out more about her past and the secrets she appeared to be hiding, and how they fitted into the story. The story is very well plotted with plenty of twists and turns, that are guaranteed to keep the most hardened psychological thriller fan reading.
Mark Edwards is a very talented author, in my opinion he is able to create an air of malice and creepiness that runs through the whole book, so that you are forever on tenterhooks, wondering what dangers lie ahead for Sophie and her family, you know the danger is there, but you are never quite sure what is going to happen next. At times the anxiety and fear that radiated from her was palatable, and the sense of trepidation was overwhelming. The author manages to fill every chapter with suspense, and as the story reached its dramatic conclusion my heart was in my mouth. The Devils Work had everything I love in a psychological thriller a gripping plot, plenty of intrigue and suspense, an intense read that doesn’t give to much away all in one go, and what I love up the author is his ability to turn what appear to be normal situations into a creepy psychological thriller.
There are plenty of psychological thrillers out at the moment some of which are a mediocre read that I soon forgot about when I finished reading them, fortunately The Devils Work is an outstanding example of how a psychological thriller should be written, If you’re looking for a gripping thriller that will grab you by the throat and won’t let go, this is a book for you.
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5
Print Length: 376 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (13 Sept. 2016)