Title: The Devil's Work
Author: Mark Edwards
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: September 13, 2016
A gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author ofFollow You Home and The Magpies.
When Sophie Greenwood returns to work after four years raising her daughter, she is ready for an exciting new challenge.
But after an unnerving encounter drags up memories she’d rather forget, things take a turn for the sinister. 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.
‘at the end of all this, this life, we’re all alone, really. No one ever knows what’s going on inside someone else’s head. No one can fully rely on anyone else. It’s tragic, but it’s true.’
Sophie Greenwood is ecstatic to start her new job at Jackdaw books. She has always wanted to be in the book world and after being a stay at home mom for a few years, she is excited to start a new adventure. She does feel a little guilty about not spending a lot of time with her daughter but her husband Guy is a good dad and she can rely on him.
What started as excitement soon turns into a nightmare. Things are all going wrong at work. She believes someone who's working with her, Cassie, is trying to undermine her and she might be responsible for the disappearance of her predecessor Miranda. Worse, her home life is in shambles too. Her daughter keeps on saying a man has told her Sophie is soon going to heaven and her husband is accused of posting something awful on twitter. Without his income, she knows she must stay on the job but is the job safe to remain or might she lose her life in the process?
This was an incredible thriller. It had me wanting to turn the pages in super speed. I wanted to know who was behind it all. Who hated Sophie so much to punish her this way?
The narrative helped a lot. It was divided between past and present. Between the time Sophie was in the university and now, during her current job, making it easier to piece the puzzle together. Although, you know who the past players were, it doesn't help you in the big reveal. That's what I loved the most. It took me completely unaware!
I'm excited to read another novel by Mark Edwards.
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.