The Devil’s Work: Mark Edwards
Sometimes people bide their time before taking action against someone what might have wronged them in the past. Sometimes these actions are justified and others not. But, when Sophie Greenwood decides to take the job of a lifetime at Jackdaw publishing as the head or marketing, little does she know that her life will now be turned into an episode of the Twilight Zone or an Alfred Hitchcock movie. While her husband works as a freelance writer from home taking care of their four year old daughter, Daisy, Sophie is entering a new world and is about to meet those that would make up her team. But, appearances are deceiving, motives for hiring deceptive and although she thinks that she will be able to make her mark working for Simon her boss and Franklin Bird an unusually odd man who seems controlling and more like a prison warden, little does she know that what’s hidden beneath their smiles and veneers might terrify her.
The team is comprised of Matt, Tracey, Cassie and Natalie the head of Human Resources as well as Simon Falstaff the marketing director and her immediate boss. Everything seems to run smoothly until it does not. Finally given a great project to promote a book titled, “ The Kiss of Death,” little does she know that figuratively speaking regarding the title it’s not too far from what would become her reality. Delegating jobs, coming up with a marketing plan, creating an app that would help promote the book, she delegates some of the important work to Cassandra he assistant. With her friend Josh to help with some of the graphics she is ready to meet with the author. That’s when things take on a strange turn as information that follows goes to Cassie instead of her. Things start disappearing like her notepad with her thoughts and ideas and then something goes wrong with the app and sales all pointing to her assistant thinking she wants to make her look bad to get her job.
The author then flashes back to the past so that we get to know Sophie as a college student where she befriends a young girl named Jasmine who for intense purposes would not exactly be someone her parents would want her to foster a friendship with. When we get to know Jasmine we meet Liam a young man she becomes besotted with and for some reason obsessed. As Sophie assimilates into their world she takes chances, drugs and her habits become such that she finds herself often wondering where and what she has done. Entering the present little does she know that the man she is working for is the grandfather of Jasmine who tortured and abused her as a young child. Little does she know that he realizes that they were friends.
The author brings to light what happens when someone stays quiet and does not reveal what they are going through as both Jasmine and Becky come to terms with what someone did to them and yet using drugs, bullying and trying to act brave without finding themselves getting the help they needed until it was too late. Anger, revenge and Sophie is now the prime target of someone’s hate because they think she was responsible for something that happened a long time ago. Rather than rationally think about the situation this person with the help of someone Sophie wanted to trust and admire, falls short of anything including murder. What exactly did they want to do to Sophie? What happens when she takes her daughter to work? Someone is trying to gaslight her and make her think she is losing her mind and the police think so too? Accusing Cassie of sending emails to Matt and accusing him of harassing her and getting him fired. Someone hacked her husband’s twitter account and he became the object of horrible comments and lost his credibility and job. Someone took Daisy down to the basement of her office to the forbidden library. What’s next? When Sophie finally realizes who is behind all of the horrific things that happened and someone is murdered for what they know or saw she pieces it together but will she survive to unravel it to the police? With someone trying to kill her husband and another kidnapping her daughter she is running out of time. The book A Kiss of Death might be one link but another manuscript the final clue. When all is said and done and the truth behind the reason she was asked to read this manuscript is revealed she realizes that it’s a journal of horrific things done to someone that she thinks is dead or maybe not? In the past she and Jasmine and Liam had an unusual relationship and although attracted to this dark man, she would never betray the trust of a friend.
Relationships are frayed, trust is tainted and the end result might be more than both Sophie and her husband Guy can withstand. As he loses his way, becomes addicted to liquor and angry with Sophie who seems buried in her job, things begin to take a downward turn for both of them. Anger, fear, desperation, reminders of her past that reflect in the present will they survive or will their relationship come to an end? What about the nightmares that Daisy is having about a man that seems to scare her in her dreams?
Sophie finds herself in the house of tortures and as you now learn the title of the last manuscript will she be the final victim of “THE DEVIL’S WORK? A psychological thriller of the highest magnitude and a character that uses her sleuthing skills to survive but can she or will she be next?
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/ MJ Magazine