Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: September 13th, 2016
Synopsis: When Sophie Greenwood returns to work after four years of 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.
The Devil’s Work is the second book by Mark Edwards I’ve read after last year’s Follow You Home, but what I’ve already learned is that nothing and no one is as they seem, which ratchets up the tension to a fever point. Just to give you an idea of what reading his novels is like, I began this almost 400 page book about 7:30 p.m. was planning on putting it down around 11:00 p.m. and instead wound up staying up until about 2:00 a.m. because I couldn’t tear myself away. Sophie, is a main character who is far from perfect. She helped break up the first marriage of her now husband, and even though they’re happily married with an adorable four-year-old daughter named Daisy, it doesn’t take long before it’s apparent that there are definite chinks in their seemingly solid marriage. Sophie’s dream job of working at her favorite publishing house soon turns into a nightmare. You literally can’t trust anyone here, not even Sophie. Adding to the increasingly sinister and frightening events is the teasingly slow revelations of Sophie’s dark past fifteen years previously when something horrible happened while she was at University. These are laid out like a trail of breadcrumbs in alternating chapters. The book is full of so many twists and turns and OMFG moments that my nerves were completely shot by the time I reached the thrilling conclusion. In the end The Devil’s Work is another fabulous thriller that combines psychological suspense and horror into an anxiety-inducing, action-packed story that I promise you won’t be able to put down!