Envy, Amanda Robson: Book Review

A creepy thriller which you will not want to put down… meet Envy by Amanda Robson.

The plot:

Someone is lying in wait…

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 watching Faye? Or is there another threat hiding in the shadows?

Well worth every second of reading

I’ve never read a book about obsession quite like this. It took it to the next LEVEL. It was INSANE. THERE’S LOTS OF SHOUTING GOING ON HERE.

All of the characters were so creepy. I liked some for a while but ended up disliking them all. There were a few chapters where I was rolling my eyes at how they were acting, and other moments physically grimacing because they were just so creepy.

Although the book is 417 pages long, more often than not, the chapters were only one page, sometimes even a sentence. It jumped between character, and normally I’m not a fan of this, but Envy was so good and consistent that I couldn’t help but love it. The character’s voices weren’t distinguished enough for me, it just felt like one tone of voice throughout.

Because of the short chapters, it definitely was a page-turner. I read 350 pages in one sitting, and I only stopped because the words were getting blurry on the page from fatigue.

I was expecting a big plot twist, and this didn’t really come. It was full of surprises throughout, but not a book which makes you gasp. Personally, I think that an extra plot twist wouldn’t have worked having finished it; I’m more shocked by the story as a whole, and didn’t need anything extra, but it did feel like the build-up was there. Because of the way it’s written, you get more of an insight about a person’s feeling, so I guess that’s why it didn’t feel like a huge twist.

I know synopsises are written to sell books, but I honestly cannot agree more with this statement: “an unsettling, claustrophobic thriller about jealousy, greed and desire”, because that really sums it all up. It was super unsettling and because it is so believable, it definitely leaves you on edge. Now, I’m no Faye, but still. Imagine if this happened to you!

A well-written, well-executed and altogether well-done. A top-notch, creepy thriller. Well worth every second of reading.

Envy, Amanda Robson, RRP £7.99 (paperback); Book Depository 

Pages: 417

Publisher: Avon Books

Genre: Thriller

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