Blog Tour: Magpie by Sophie Draper

Today is my slot on the Blog Tour for Magpie by Sophie Draper

About the Book

She’s married to him. But does she know him at all?

Claire lives with her family in a beautiful house overlooking the water. But she feels as if she’s married to a stranger – one who is leading a double life. As soon as she can get their son Joe away from him, she’s determined to leave Duncan.

But finding out the truth about Duncan’s secret life leads to consequences Claire never planned for. Now Joe is missing, and she’s struggling to piece together the events of the night that tore them all apart.

Alone in an isolated cottage, hiding from Duncan, Claire tries to unravel the lies they’ve told each other, and themselves. Something happened to her family … But can she face the truth?

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My Review

This book has so much going on it’s hard to know where to start trying to review this. It is clever and brilliantly complex with a thoroughly gripping plot.

Claire and Duncan’s relationship is falling apart. On the surface, they have the perfect life: he is a famous, well-respected vet, and they have a stunning house in a beautiful location. But all is not perfect. Duncan has been having affairs. Claire is incredibly bitter (with good reason). They have a secret which runs throughout and takes almost the whole book to resolve. The name Evangeline keeps popping up with little explanation and it had me gripped. I needed to know who she was, what happened to her and how she caused such a rift between the couple. There’s also a body found on their land, and Duncan’s best friend is investigating it.

The story goes back and forth in time, adding to the tension and keeping me turning the pages. In the present story line, Claire and Duncan are separated, and their son Joe is missing. Their past story shows the build up to the marriage breakdown, Duncan’s strained relationship with his son, and a big mystery involving a coin that Joe found on their land. I’ll be honest, this wasn’t my favourite part of the story, but the coin is rare and important. Joe is a wonderful character though, he is smart, intense and emotional, and his difficult relationship with his father was difficult to read. Duncan can be an angry and very unlikable man. Claire is very intense, her parts of the story are relentlessly emotional.

This book is a fascinating mystery, sometimes incredibly creepy, but always enjoyable. I did not expect the ending that we got at all. I highly recommend this one for any mystery fans!

 

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