Envy by Amanda Robson

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Blurb:

She wants your life – and she’ll do anything to get it…

Erica has always wanted to be exactly like her neighbor, Faye: beautiful, thin, and a mother. But Faye’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems – she has a terrible secret, and slowly but surely, it is threatening to destroy her and everything she holds dear.

When Faye’s daughter Tamsin goes missing after school, the police turn to Erica. But is Erica the only one who has been enviously watching Faye? Or is there another threat hiding in the shadows…?

An unsettling, claustrophobic thriller about jealousy, greed and desire from bestselling author Amanda Robson.

My review:

This book is a first for me on this blog: I could not finish it. No matter how bad a book has been, I’ve always been able to read the whole thing. I cared at least a tiny bit about how the story ended. Not this one.

This book was so hard to read. It is told via four points of view: Faye, Erica, Phillip, and Jonah. Faye and Phillip are married, Erica is a stranger who is obsessed with Faye and wants her life, and Jonah is Phillip’s friend who is in love with Faye. In the narrative, there is a name heading so we know which person’s POV we are experiencing. The problem is that only about 1/3 of the POV changes have that heading. I was reading a paragraph titled Phillip, then the next paragraph talks about visiting Phillip in London. Then the next paragraph was a completely different character’s point of view. I was rereading passages multiple times to figure out who was even speaking at the time.

This wouldn’t be as great of a burden if any of the characters were the least bit likable. They are insufferable. I just could not care enough about any of them to put in the work required to follow the story.

I also have to note that the author started to lose me when in one scene Jonah is watching Faye swallow, and “I watch your Adam’s apple move up and down your pretty throat.” Does the author realize that women do not have Adam’s apples? This is strictly a male characteristic.

Rating: ♥

About the author

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Sunday Times bestselling author Amanda Robson, started life after graduation as a scientist working at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and subsequently at the Poison’s unit at Guy’s Hospital, where she became a co-author of a book on cyanide poisoning.
Married to a workaholic barrister, after having her two sons she became a stay-at-home mother for many years. When her two sons reached their late teens she had a ‘light-bulb’ moment. where she realised her life had stopped moving forwards. She had become simply an enabler for everyone else in her family. She determined to write a novel, something she had wanted to do since the age of twelve when she was inspired by falling in love with Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Amanda attended the Faber Academy writing a novel course run by Richard Skinner in 2011. A pivotal experience for her which she would recommend to any aspiring novelist. Her first book Obsession was published with Avon HarperCollins in 2017. She now writes full-time from home, living in Wales and London, with her husband Richard, golden retriever, Siberian kitchen and grouchy old black-and-white cat. Her two sons, following their father’s footsteps are both lawyers, and have now fled the nest.

Amanda loves her hectic social London life, the peace and beauty of her time spent in the Black Mountains, and has a passion for sailing. Amanda has just bought a boat.

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