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Whilst this is still very much a psychological thriller, it’s quite different to the author’s other books.
Marie, Richard’s girlfriend, believes in aliens. I know there are people out there that do believe in this sort of thing but I have to say I was more on the same wave length as Richard who is much more of a doubter. The storyline is a little bit out there but it is more of a cult thing which certainly gives this particular story more of an edge.
It’s Richard’s obsession with his girlfriend and not being able to let her just go that moves the story on with a fast pace. I mean would any of us on returning home one day and finding your partner has literally disappeared into thin air, just let it go? The need to know of why and where was strong and I was intrigued as to where the author was going with the story. Had Marie in fact been visited by aliens and gone to outer space, was she dead, or had she just had enough and decided she wanted to be on her own?
What You Wish For whilst yes it is a little bit out there, the twists and turns the story takes made this a compulsive read. I really wasn’t sure how it was all going to end but have to say the conclusion was better than I had hoped for and it left me with the adrenaline coursing through me at having read such a thrilling book where there literally is never a dull moment!
Despite having no time for talk of aliens or extra-terrestrial activity, and precious little for believers in them, I really enjoyed this book. Completely out of character for Mark Edwards but isn’t that a good thing? Surely a writer has to flex new muscles from time to time. Anyway, the book wasn’t really about aliens, rather about the people who believe in them and how their beliefs affect others around them. There was more than enough cynicism in this story to satisfy my rationalist approach to life and I found the story well written and interesting. Refreshingly different, thanks Mark!
I loved The Magpies so was looking forward to reading this second psychological thriller from Mark Edwards and although not quite as chilling as The Magpies, What You Wish For, did have me spellbound for the just under 6 hours it took me to read it.
When local newspaper photographer and cynic Richard Thompson comes home one evening to find his UFO-believer girlfriend Marie gone, he starts an investigation that leads him to the darker elements of ufology. Richard is determined to find the love of his life but has she been taken or does she choose to be hidden. His search for Marie takes him to America and back and his quest "to save her," leads him to more than he bargained for.
There's obviously a lot about ufology in this book and no matter which side of the argument you believe in the subject is an interesting one that Edwards presents in an alluring light. Richard, our protagonist, is a non-believer, so most readers will relate with him when dealing with this subject matter but the questions that arise in the book are about what happens when one half of a couple has strong beliefs and the other doesn't? Richards despair at losing Marie and the length he goes to find her are heartening and as the reader you feel you can relate to what Richard is going through but equally you are presented with the impact of Marie's beliefs on their relationship and the impact on her of Richards cynicism about ufology. This was a good read but it didn't have the same impact on me as The Magpies and I suspect this is because what happens in The Magpies could be happening next door whereas believing in ufology or knowing someone who does is further removed from our daily grinds.
As always Mark Edwards presents a well-written psychological thriller with a decent pace and a captivating plot. This isn't The Magpies part two and I think if you get this expecting that you will be disappointed but it's still up there as one of the better thrillers I have read this year.
This is a missing person story centred on Richard, a sceptic, who is uncomfortable with but accepts his girlfriend's belief that aliens are visiting Earth in preparation for a mass abduction. When she disappears without trace, Richard is drawn in to the world of apparent abductees in a desperate attempt to find her.
This book was not what I expected. The plot could have taken so many directions, but the direction chosen was by far the most satisfying. I actually couldn't guess how it was going to end until about one page before it was revealed, and the reveal occurs through a really great realisation by the protagonist that left my mouth hanging open. Despite having many potential directions it avoids being frustrating as the pacing is extraordinary, just as in The Magpies. What Mark Edwards always achieves is a real sense of the protagonist's derealisation as a way of setting the tone of the book, so as to not rely too heavily on long drawn-out descriptions of surroundings. This introspection is what makes his books so eerie and uncomfortable; they reflect feelings of anxiety, dread, and "I am truly going mad here."
This book examines the attitudes of believers and non-believers; those who have faith in their beliefs and those needing hard evidence before believing. Being a non-believer I really identified with Richard's journey and needing to have answers, no matter what the answers might be. It would be interesting now to read this story from Marie's point of view! There’s a great reflection by Richard at the end of the book that will make readers think about what it means to believe and whether everyone can benefit from giving-in a little, whatever their view point.
I guess this story lacked the same eeriness and suspense of The Magpies, although there were elements of the same claustrophobia and paranoia in some scenes. But it is a fast-paced search-for-the-truth story rather than suspense thriller and I think it combined elements well with great writing and a satisfying conclusion. I highly recommend this book.
As always the story is well written like you’d expect from mark edwards. There’s a good build up but the end leaves you a little unsatisfied. If you’re a fan of his you’ll enjoy the overall experience. If you’re new to him I would maybe recommend the retreat or the hallows the devil’s work. Those I would say are top notch.
This is the second of Marks novels I've read. After reading reviews I thought I'd give this a go too.
I'll admit I was sceptical about the storyline centred around UFOs and aliens as it's just not my thing. But, it turned out to be a really interesting read that just kept the pages turning at every opportunity. The characters are believable and you can empathise with them. Again, the ending wasn't what I was expecting and in a way it's left open so the reader can decide on the ending for themselves - I do like this style of writing....it's always good to leave something to the imagination.
Four stars instead of five is purely down to the story of UFOs etc. really not being my thing and being a non believer it just doesn't do much for me. That said, I will be reading more of Marks work - it's safe to say Mark has a new fan.
The story revolves around a Hastings based newspaper photographer and his new girlfriend who is into anything Extra-Terrestrial, she believes in Alien abduction and impregnation. She also belongs to a group who believe that Aliens will be landing any day soon.
One day her friend dies in a car accident and shortly afterwards she disappears leaving her boyfriend devasted, not knowing where she's gone or why. The story follows his search and takes him to a seedy pornographer in Brighton, then to America and back home again.
I liked the locations in Hastings and Brighton as they are near to my own home and I could easily picture all the places mentioned.
The story flowed well and was very easy to read but it wasn't what I'd call gripping!
I did enjoy this book, however, I think I prefer Mark writing with Louise Voss.
Would I recommend this book, yes I would if you want something to pick up and not think too much about.
First, let me say that I am a huge fan of Mark Edwards, and especially the way he is changing what it means to be an author with self-publishing and Kindle. It bewilders me that he is not available in supermarket dumpbins alongside the latest Stephen King.
Edwards has a sharp eye for the incongrous in the everyday ("...a one-legged pigeon pecking at a discarded chicken nugget") and, more importantly, a real warmth in the way he writes.
Those hoping for another psychothriller along the lines of his excellent THE MAGPIES might be disappointed. Although WHAT YOU WISH FOR has thriller-ish elements, it is more, as Edwards says himself, a novel about belief.
True, WHAT YOU WISH FOR does have some clunky coincidences and some awkward simile (Does sanity have hinges? Really?), nevertheless Mark Edwards is a very good writer.
Some people have a blinding passion for something. It might be religion, archaeology, collecting something or in this case aliens. But this is not an alien book but a story about a persons passion for what they believe. This person is a young attractive girl called Marie who believes that aliens will one day come to earth and take away a few lucky people to a better life. She hopes to be chosen. She gets into a relationship with Richard who is passionate about her and when Marie disappears he is determined to find her for he does not believe that aliens are responsible. I found the story a great read although there is perhaps a lack of descriptive content. The story makes up for this as long as you can accept that some people really do believe there is life in the universe other than ours. Great ending too. Recommended.
What you wish for is a real insight into both sides of a story about belief, conspiracy, faith and love and how all these things can come to a head to the ultimate happiness or perhaps leave you still yearning for more, with more questions and unresolved issues than the start.
A constant back and forth between rational explanations and a hint to the unknown this book is not only about the relationship between Richard and his lost love Marie, but about how they have affected, brought together and torn apart others in their quest to believe in something, no matter how different from each other's ideals
Whether you are a believer or not in the unknown or any faith this book will have you convinced then sway you back and forth all the way to the end.