Magpie Review

by Elizabeth Day


*** There are no “real” spoilers in my review but if you haven’t read Magpie yet and intend to, maybe skip this review as I do elude to the WAY things happen in the book, which could take away some of the suspense if/when you read it and I don’t want to be responsible for that. WAH ***

Magpie was my very first approved ARC and I was just so unbelievably excited and honored to read it. I took my time with it, really allowing myself to pay attention and savor it so I could write a thorough review for NetGalley.

TW: infertility

What I Liked:

  • It’s an easy, fast-paced read. I was excited to get to the next chapter. I purposely made myself take my time with this, but I could’ve easily finished in a couple of days.
  • I am always a fan of alternating POVs and alternating timelines. Magpie has a bit of both and they’re used quite well.
  • I was legitimately SHOCKED once. Like mouth fell open, swore under my breath SHOCKED. Who doesn’t love that in a thriller??
  • I don’t want to give anything away but WHOO, one character is FUN to hate. I disliked them but I ENJOYED disliking them.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • This is a bit hard to put into words but… the story is messy (in a good, chaotic, fictional way). Infertility is messy, emotions are messy, people are messy, LIFE is messy. But the moments where things all come to a head in Magie are so… CLEAN. From a book full of so much great suspenseful mess, I was genuinely surprised at how neatly it all tied up.
  • I think this book being labeled as a “thriller” ultimately does it a disservice. For me, it falls soundly under a domestic suspense but not a thriller.

It took me a day or so to figure out what I wanted to rate this. I think reading this as an ARC made me overthink it – at the end of the day, this is a fun to read, surprising domestic suspense… and the more I thought about it, the more I liked it.

Have you read this one? If not, have you read any ARCs?