The Devil's Work


hen Sophie Greenwood returns to work after four years raising her daughter, she is ready for an exciting new challenge.

But after an unnerving encounter drags up memories she’d rather forget, things take a turn for the sinister. What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie’s predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years.

As her life begins to fall apart at work and at home, Sophie must race to uncover the truth about her new job…before it kills her.


Now this novel is just one of those read it with your back to the wall type books so you can keep your eye on all the entrances and exits. I just felt so darn edgy all the time like I was being watched, a 3D effect in a book as it wrapped around me. This is Mark Edwards and how he makes you feel. You just don’t know who you can trust from the work place to home. The only one Sophie can trust as being on her side is Daisy and she is only 4, comforting but not really helpful.

So how did I get to this place from simply opening a book? Well there is a saying, It’s not what you say but how you say it, and Mark Edwards just puts the fear of God into me from the prologue, which consists of just one page. By the time I had turned on to Chapter 1, I already didn’t trust anyone. The story is set over less than a 3 month period from Sophie’s first day in her dream job at a Publishing House to the climatic ending. This present day story is laced with flash backs to Sophie’s University days, her connection to this very sort after Publishing House and Franklin Bird.

It is one of those novels where the author lays down the fear and you are left with saying out loud ‘don’t go in there’ or ‘don’t go down there’ but do these characters listen? Hell no! and they take you with them because you have no choice. This really is such a brilliant psychological thriller to keep you on your toes from start to finish. A highly recommended stand alone novel.

I wish to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.


Mark  Edwards

I write psychological thrillers. My influences include writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell, Ian McEwan, Val McDermid and Donna Tartt and movies like Rosemary’s Baby, Single White Female, Fatal Attraction and anything in which scary things happen to ordinary people.

I love hearing from readers and always respond. I can be contacted in the following ways:
Twitter @mredwards.

My first solo novel, THE MAGPIES, topped the Kindle chart in the UK. WHAT YOU WISH FOR followed in March 2014 and BECAUSE SHE LOVES ME was published in September 2014. My next solo book, FOLLOW YOU HOME, will be out in June 2015.

You can also download a free short story for your Kindle here:…

I have co-written five novels with Louise Voss: CATCH YOUR DEATH (a No.1 bestseller in the UK), KILLING CUPID (chosen by Peter James as his book of 2012), ALL FALL DOWN and FORWARD SLASH. FROM THE CRADLE was published in 2014 and is the first in a series featuring DI Patrick Lennon.

After a career that has taken in everything from picking broad beans and answering complaint calls for a rail company to teaching English in Japan and being a marketing director, I currently write full-time.

I live in the West Midlands with my wife, our three children and a ginger cat. (less)


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