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Envy by Amanda Robson

The Blurb

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.

About Amanda Robson

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 – a subject which has set her in good stead for writing her dark and twisting novel about love affairs gone wrong. Amanda attended the Faber novel writing course and writes full-time. Obsession is her debut novel.​

My Review

Faye appears to have everything, beauty, nice figure, children and a husband Philip, everything that Erica, who lives opposite, has not. Erica becomes infatuated with Faye and when she is not spying on her from her flat window, she is following her, to the school and Faye's modeling assignments. However, Erica's infatuation changes when she suspects that Faye has been unfaithful to Philip, and takes extreme measures. Written from the point of view of four characters, Faye, Philip, Erica and Jonah in short chapters, this book was a delight to read, and has many unexpected twists. From the pen of Amanda Robson, who wrote 'Guilt' and 'Obsession', 'Envy' remains within the theme of how destructive emotions affect other people's lives in the worst possible way. I expected no less than the highly-charged prose that was evident from Ms. Robson's previous two books, but 'Envy' gave me so much more.​

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