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The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards

The Lucky OnesThe Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As I’ve said before, when I see that Mark Edwards has a new book out, I know to clear my schedule for the next few days. No ones better at crafting a chilling, eerie thriller that will stay with you for weeks afterward.

“The Lucky Ones” is no different.

It’s Edwards’ take on a police procedural, and it is a great twisty ride that you won’t be able to put down until the last page – which is a good thing because it doesn’t all finish up until then.

The book follows two people: Detective Imogen Evans who is chasing a serial killer who just claimed his third victim, and Ben, a single dad who is struggling in the wake of his separation from his wife. The two will cross paths as they both realize they are in the crosshairs of the most dangerous criminal to shake up their sleepy English town.

I don’t want to give away too many plot details because it’s fun to see everything unfold. Edwards has a talent for creating unique stories that will both fascinate and scare you. And this guy – “The Viper” as he’s known in the book – is very creepy indeed. There’s a feeling of something being “off” throughout the entire novel, casting a dark, suspenseful shadow over the book, which is delicious as it grows and grows.

At certain points, I thought I knew where things were headed, but the ending proved me wrong. It’s really all in the details here, and putting them together is how you can figure out this puzzle.

I still think my favorite Edwards novel is “Follow You Home,” but “The Lucky Ones” is certainly a great addition to anyone’s library.

Highly recommended.

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The Devils Work by Mark Edwards

The Devil's WorkThe Devil’s Work by Mark Edwards

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whoa.

I don’t know what else to say.

To start off I should say that I’m a huge fan of Mark Edwards (“Follow You Home” is one of my all-time favorite books. Go buy it now. I’ll wait.)

His novels are creepy and gruesome without being over-the-top. I am hooked.

And this one does not disappoint.

“The Devils Work” follows a young woman named Sophie who is returning to work after an extended maternity leave. Then weird things start happening. Nothing major just small out of the ordinary events that begin to push Sophie toward the edge of sanity. Is someone out to get her? If so, who is it – and why? Can it be tied to the mysterious tragedy involving friends in college?

I finished this book in one day, that’s how hooked I was. Edwards has the ability to grab you and hope you into the story from the very beginning. Even after just one or two chapters you can’t wait to find out what is happening.

And I couldn’t.

Now I will say, I still like “Follow You Home,” a little better. This one was just slightly more predictable though the ending is fairly surprising. But it wasn’t be out of the blindside that FYH had. As in his other stories, the devil is in the details and piecing those details together leads to the epic conclusion.

I highly recommend this and any other owner Mark Edwards’ work.

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