Magpie

Elizabeth Day

The exhilarating new novel from the bestselling author of The Party and How to Fail: a thrilling, stylish and psychologically astute story of jealousy, motherhood and power.

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.

Reviews of Magpie

    • Praise for The Party:
    • ‘I practically murdered this book in an evening I loved it so much. The Party is a terrifying, hilarious, brilliantly written original with a wit to die for’ Phoebe Waller-Bridge
    • ‘An exhilarating and gripping psychological thriller about obsession, betrayal, jealousy and class distinctions. Elizabeth Day’s writing is impeccable, suspenseful and clever. I couldn’t put this down!’ Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
    • ‘Superb – clever, gripping, psychologically acute’ Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us
    • ‘What will probably be my book of the year … I loved it’ Sinead Crowley, Irish Independent
    • ‘Fast out of the traps, compelling and infinitely believable: but what really got me about The Party was the writing. Stunning’ Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed
    • ‘A well-paced slow-burner of a literary thriller – think Donna Tartt’s The Secret History or Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty… a gripping page-turner’ Observer
    • ‘Devious, witty, thrilling’ Refinery 29
    • ‘Skilfully constructed, suspenseful narrative … It’s a smart, wittily written riff on class, privilege and power’ Mail on Sunday
    • ‘Echoes of The Secret History and The Talented Mr Ripley thrum through Elizabeth Day’s pacey fourth novel… jolly fun’ Sunday Times
    • ‘A sharp, stylish and witty as the perfect guest. Beware: you’ll be up far too late’ Lucie Whitehouse, author of Before We Met
    • ‘Elizabeth Day’s latest novel is sinister and seductive and nothing short of breathtaking’ Francesca Seagal, author of The Innocents
    • ‘This is a dark and compelling book of lifelong obsessions, jealousies and neuroses … I left this book wanting to read more of Day’s other work’ Guardian
    • ‘I can’t recommend it highly enough’ Aine Toner, Women’s Way