Hello heloo and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today I’m bringing you my review of One For Sorrow, book one in The Magpie Society series. This boarding school mystery is written by two authors writing alternate characters, Ivy (written by Zoe Sugg) and Audery (written by Amy McCulloch). I listened to this as an audiobook, and it was a short, powerful read that kept up a fast pace throughout.
Illumen Hall is an elite boarding school. Tragedy strikes when the body of a student is discovered at their exclusive summer party – on her back is an elaborate tattoo of a magpie.
When new girl Audrey arrives the following term, running from her own secrets back home in America, she is thrown into solving the case. Despite her best efforts to avoid any drama, her new roommate Ivy was close to the murdered girl, and the two of them can’t help but get pulled in.
The two can’t stand each other, but as they are drawn deeper into the mystery of this strange and terrible murder, they will discover that something dangerous is at the heart of their superficially perfect school.
Welcome to The Magpie Society.
The description of the school reminded me very much of my sixth form, which I got into on a full scholarship many years ago, based high on the cliffs and an utter maze of buildings. It made me almost nostalgic for things like the tuck shop and my little study. I didn’t complete my time there due to my health colapse, but I did make some good friends, which made it all worthwhile.
The story itself was quite obvious from the outset, but was still fun to follow. The cast of characters did keep me second guessing the mystery of who killed Lola, and, listening to this as an audiobook, it was well performed by alternate voices given to characters who took it in turns for chapters. Watching the dynamic change and grow between Audery and Ivy was particularly interesting, and is one of the things I look forward to most with book two due out later this year.
At times the story felt forced, as if one thing had to happen to reach another thing, with no other motivation for it happening. It didn’t always feel organic. But, it was still a fun mystery to enjoy and I will read the next book to keep following the story.
If you’re a fan of YA mysteries or a cosy mystery in general, this is the book for you. It was relaxing to listen to and made me feel just on edge enough I debated leaving the lamp on at night!