Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Publication Date: October 29th 2020
Source: Times Reads
Page Count: 330
Blurb from Goodreads:
The brand-new fiction book from Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella)! Co-written with the acclaimed writer Amy McCulloch.
Seven for a secret, never to be told . . .
Illumen Hall is a boarding school of tradition and achievement. But tragedy strikes when the body of a girl, a student, is discovered – on her back is an elaborate tattoo of a magpie.
For new student Audrey, it is just another unsettling thing about her new surroundings. And for her roommate Ivy, well, she’s just annoyed she has to share with the new girl from America.
As an unlikely friendship develops, the two are drawn deeper into the mystery of this strange and terrible murder. They will discover that something dangerous is at the heart of their school.
Welcome to The Magpie Society.
Told from two alternating view-points, this is the first book in a modern gothic thriller series that will have you gripped like no other book this year. Get ready for your new YA obsession.
HERE’S MY REVIEW!
I am always a fan of murder and mystery so I was excited to be sent a copy of The Magpie Society. I have never read anything from Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch before so I was kinda interested in reading their book.
I was always curious to read books written by two authors because it is not always easy to align thoughts and narration in a story. At a first glance, I assumed that each of the authors wrote each character. For instance, Audrey was written by Zoe and Ivy was written by Amy. It was only after halfway reading the book that I read at Zoe’s Instagram saying that two characters were written by Zoe and Amy respectively. It was a great decision as they got to maintain the tone of story without making it too obvious that it was written by two completely different people. I can say that the author dynamic work well in this book.
Overall, I kinda enjoyed reading stories about high school drama. Illumen Hall truly reminded me of Hogwarts because of it’s locality which was located in England and the school system such as dormitory, house sport, weather and uniform. Anyone who reads Harry Potter will definitely scan the resemblance in the book. I assumed that the authors took inspirations from the series.
The book also touched on serious issues like anxiety, bullying, and mental health. I’m interested to see them delve into more serious issues in the next book.
I was honestly expecting more revelations to be revealed at the end of the book. However, the ending was disappointing. It ended abruptly with no intense cliffhanger like other great thrillers. It also felt rushed and unsatisfying that it gives the author a reason to continue writing a sequel. I would totally prefer if the book is a standalone rather than a series.
All in all, I would definitely read the second book and see how the story progresses.
Thanks Times Reads for sending me The Magpie Society in exchange of an honest review.