KFF have the pleasure of sharing Sunday Times bestselling author Amanda Robson’s all-new gripping psychological thriller that will shock you,
ENVY, A twisty psychological thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Amanda Robson is now available!
She wants your life – and she’ll do anything to get it…
Erica has always wanted to be exactly like her neighbour, 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 Sunday Times bestseller Amanda Robson.
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Reviewed by Anna on behalf of KFF
This is a psychological thriller from author A. Robson, her third book. I have read the first two and enjoyed them. However, I have mixed feelings about this one.
There are four main characters in this interesting saga of stalker and obsessive behaviour. Faye is happily married to Phillip and they have two young daughters. In her mid-thirties, she is one of those yummy mummies you see outside the school gates and the envy of most women her age. She also attracted the attention of a woman who is the opposite of her in looks, Erica.
Erica is single, no family and not much of a career to speak of. She sees Faye outside her window when Faye goes past her house during school runs. She wanted to be Faye and envy pulls her into a downward spiral.
Jonah has been best friends with Phillip since university and is now a successful architect, he was always attracted to Faye but she chose Phillip over him many years ago.
Written in different points of view, each chapter is supposedly narrated by one of the main characters but this was not the case at all and I found it very confusing. Luckily I have a paperback copy and it was fine so the ebook version I received must have had formatting issues in which I hope the publisher of this book has addressed.
I must say that the four main players in this story are totally unlikeable. It reminds me of the author’s debut novel, Obsession which I loved. However, in this book I find Faye to be the least sympathetic character of all. Phillip is a pathetic husband who later develops trust issues, Jonah the best friend of the couple is as wretched as well and Erica who was the antagonist actually redeems herself in the last quarter of this intriguing tale of fixation and mental illness. To sum it up, the plot is okay with an ironic twist towards the finale, when the antagonist becomes the protagonist.
After graduating, Amanda Robson worked in medical research at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and at the Poisons Unit at Guy’s Hospital where she became a co-author of a book on cyanide poisoning. After having her two sons, Amanda stayed at home to bring up her family.
In 2011, Amanda attended the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course and now writes full-time. She lives in London and Wales, with her lawyer husband, one–eyed dog and unfriendly cat. Her two sons, also lawyers, have more or less, fled the nest. Her debut novel, Obsession, hit the Kindle top 100 in May 2017, staying there for weeks, and reached number 1 on iBooks. It has sold over 75,000 copies to date.
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