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  • Spellbinding & Sublime

    Magpie Lane is an indisputably gripping story that completely enthrals from start to finish. This fascinating domestic thriller acquaints the reader with Nick Law, a controlling Oxford College Master; his selectively mute daughter called Felicity, aged eight, who has vanished; his pregnant Danish wife Mariah, who is a wallpaper restorer; Dee, their mathematically fixated Nanny; and an eccentric house historian called Dr. Linklater. The addition of some ghostly haunting and Oxford University traditions and oddities made this book really quite remarkable. The story is told from the perspective of Dee as she answers the questions of detectives Faraday and Khan at Oxford's police station, regarding Felicity's disappearance. The details of Dee’s past and her current her job with the Law family are teased out in small doses through Dee’s memories during the interviews. The characterisation from Lucy Atkins is marvellous - I could picture all of the players so easily though the standout character for me was Dee. I really liked the kindness, level of understanding and patience she had for Felicity. Her love of maths was fascinating and an interesting little quirk, making Magpie Lane slightly different. The intricately woven plot was easy to follow in this sublime, atmospheric tale. As the bigger picture emerged, images of a dysfunctional, hardworking and stress-filled family surfaced. This slow burning, subtle story enveloped itself around me - a story of lives affected by grief, unfulfilled expectations and anxiety, but it also emanated a strong sense of friendship, trust and acceptance. I adored this book from the first few pages and as much as I wanted to discover how the book would end, I would also have liked for it to continue. In essence, I adored Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins and I would recommend it, and the author, with confidence. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request from Quercus via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • Magpie Lane

    This book sucks you in right from start never quite sure what's going to happen. The characters are so well described. Finished it in a couple of days couldn't put it down.

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