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Book Review: Last of the Magpies by Mark Edwards

The electrifying conclusion to the three-part thriller series The Magpies, Last of the Magpies puts to bed the furious game of cat and mouse that psychopath Lucy has been playing with Jamie and Kirsty for years. After Lucy’s last-minute escape, Jamie teams up with true crime podcast host Emma in a bid to flush out his tormentor and end her reign of terror over both his and Kirsty’s lives, once and for all.

This series has been fantastic and I’m so glad there was a final book to tie everything up, even if it was fairly short. What I love about this series is that it’s about normal people getting caught up in a terrifying situation. Jamie and Kirsty feel so real; they make stupid decisions and they let their emotions get the better of them more often than not, just like normal people. You can’t help but root for them and for their reconciliation. When I realised that this novella was interspersed with extracts of Lucy’s first-draft memoir, I was a little hesitant. I mentioned in a previous Tell Me Something Tuesday post that I like villains to have motives but I don’t like it when their morally abhorrent actions are excused because of something bad that happened to them. Thankfully, Lucy’s memoir doesn’t do this. It didn’t try to make us feel sorry for her. It explains the motivations behind her actions, but her lack of empathy makes her even more sinister. Overall, this is a great conclusion to a chilling series.

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Read for the Magical Readathon, Potions exam.

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