The Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards.
After meeting Mark Edwards last weekend (you can read what happened here – Did That Just Happen!
I decided to take the plunge and delve into his new book – The Devil’s Work.
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 story is told by lead character Sophie Greenwood, a ambitious woman landing her dream job at a publishing company after her daughter Daisy has started school.
But all is not as it seems in the office of Jackdaw books, we meet egotistic Simon, Sophie’s Manager, Tracey her co-worker, Matt and Cassie, Sophie soon discovers that she has taken over her job role from Miranda who disappeared suddenly.
Right from Sophie’s first day, she senses that something isn’t quite right with the flirtatious and beautiful Cassie.
The book is told is two parts alternating chapters here and there from Sophie’s current life working at Jackdaw and back at her University days. This is done seamlessly and leaves you wanting to know more about each one.
The mystery of secrets that Sophie is hiding builds from the beginning and there is a real sense of being in the same space as Sophie and her family, when everything begins to crumble down under the pressure.
There is one certain scene/event that happens in the book that is my total nightmare, as working in building/office environment I related to and got my nerves twitching and me on the edge of my seat. I won’t give much away but it is set after the business has closed, Sophie is the only person left in the building and then she is plunged into darkness with all doors locked. (you shall have to read it to discover what happens next).
The last chapters had me reading as fast as I can to discover what the hell is going to happen, I was shaking and just wanted to shout at a certain character, this book makes you feel like you are in the room and right there beside Sophie.
The book is full of red-herrings Mr Edwards excels at this, I had no idea about the ending and it was refreshing not to know anything before hand. There is so many twists and turns, but an absolute pleasure to read.
The Devil’s Work can be purchased from Amazon, I managed to get mine FREE of charge through the Kindle Unlimited service, if you are a keen reader this program is one to try out.
As before I would highly recommend this book, even if you cup of tea is crime/thriller/psychological – Now is the time to get out of your comfort zone and give it a try, I promise you, you won’t be let down at all.
Mr Edwards thank you for this beautiful piece of work, and I shall agree I am glad to have stopped M J Arlidge halfway through and dived into this.
What is the last book you read? Leave me a comment of recommendations, I am thinking about starting a online book club on here, if any of you are interested let me know below.
As always thanks for reading.