Mark Edwards is a psychological-thriller author with some quite interesting books under his belt. I thoroughly enjoyed reading books like The Devil’s Work, The Lucky Ones, and most recently, The Retreat, although I have to admit that I haven’t yet picked up the books in his various series.
The Mark Edwards books mostly deal with ordinary people thrown into strange situations and left to fend for themselves. If you love psychologically themed thrillers, he is an author well worth checking out.
Here are the Mark Edwards books in order for his currently published books. The list is updated regularly.
New Mark Edwards Books
Kate Maddox Series
co-authored with Louise Voss
DI Patrick Lennon Series
co-authored with Louise Voss
Standalone Mark Edwards Books
- Killing Cupid, 2011 (with Louise Voss)
- Kissing Games, 2012 (novella)
- Forward Slash, 2013 (with Louise Voss)
- What You Wish For, 2014
- Because She Loves Me, 2014
- Follow You Home, 2015
- The Devil’s Work, 2016
- The Lucky Ones, 2017
- The Retreat, 2018
- In Her Shadow, 2018
Mark Edwards Biography and Books
Mark Edwards was born in 1970 on the south coast of England, where he also grew up.
His parents divorced when he was 9 years old, and as he was living with her, he would be often up until late at night watching horror movies. He has been a lover of scary movies and books since then.
He first began writing books in his early 20s, soon after leaving the university, while holding some menial jobs that didn’t give him any fulfillment. While still in college, one of this worst jobs he held was at a food packing factory.
At some point, he moved to Tokio in Japan, where he lived for one year. Next, he moved back to the UK and started working in marketing.
Initially, he would write books which he would submit to agents and publishing houses. Those would be rejected. After doing the circle a few times, eventually, some 10-15 years later, he totally gave up on writing books.
In the meantime, he started working together with fellow author Louise Voss, with whom he would initially be exchanging manuscripts for edits. Later on, they started working together by co-authoring the same book.
The first two books co-authored were Killing Cupid and Catch Your Death, both books which were rejected by publishers. Eventually, they gave up on trying to get their books published in 2006. Four years later, in 2010, they jumped on the Amazon Kindle publishing bandwagon and got their first two books published.
With self-published books, an author doesn’t need to rely on a traditional publishing house, so all is a go.
What is interesting about the author’s self-published business is that once his first two c0-authored books became bestsellers on Amazon, they were picked up by major publishing houses like Harper Collins, as well as Thomas & Mercer. Eventually, Mark Edwards’ dream of becoming a real published author turned true.
As Mark is a copywriter, he could forever tweak the book blurb and the product description to get more sales. Also, the book cover had to be top notch to attract more buyers. These were all part of the marketing strategy of promoting their first books.
When he first started writing, author Mark Edwards was not quite sure what genre he would write in. His sole goal was to tell a story. However, the books were nonetheless crime mystery and thriller novels, and some of them have even undertones of horror. Incidentally, these are also the genres he likes to read as well.
In an interview, Mark Edwards mentioned about his characters:
I’m interested in the way normal people react to difficult situations and the scary things that happen. I like to create characters and make everything go wrong for them.
Also, his books are in one way or another based on something that the author himself experienced once or has happened to him once. For example, his novel Magpies started based on a neighbor living in the same building, who was rather evil.
In Follow You Home, the author focuses on a journey to Europe which goes wrong. This is also picked from something that once happened to him, when he was mugged in France and he had to hitchhike back home.
Praise for Mark Edwards
Books Reading Order » Authors » Mark Edwards
Utterly compelling. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. (C.L. Taylor)
Mark Edwards is a natural born storyteller with the darkest of imaginations…One of the creepiest books of the year. (Fiona Cummins)
Vintage Mark Edwards; authentically everyday people trapped in uniquely frightening events. (Paul Finch)
Twisting and terrifying, the kind of haunting, pacy, spine-chiller that Mark Edwards is the absolute master of. (Chris Whitaker)
Chilling, fast-paced, and unpredictable. I couldn’t put it down! (Robert Bryndza)
Tight plot, engaging characters, beautifully drawn setting.…Another compulsive domestic noir from the British Linwood Barclay. (Ed James)
The Devil’s Work is clever, contemporary, and chillingly plausible. Mark Edwards just gets better and better.’ (Clare Mackintosh)
Yet another superb psychological thriller from Mark Edwards. Because She Loves Me perfectly shows off his extraordinary talent for characterisation, gripping plot, and the ability to make you read just one more chapter before reluctantly putting it down. (Luca Veste)
Dark, sexy and utterly addictive, Because She Loves Me is domestic noir at its very best. (Eva Dolan)
The Magpies is absorbing, claustrophobic and terrifying. Read this book! Then get a top notch alarm system fitted in your house. (Helen Fitzgerald)
From the Cradle is an exciting book, fast-paced, and full of interest and intrigue, and is one I can easily recommend (Bitten by Books)