Envy by Sandra Brown
Warner Books, Inc. -
ISBN: 0446527180 - Hardcover
Romantic Suspense - for explicit
Reviewed by Barbara
Going through the slush
pile of unsolisticated manuscripts, Maris Matterly-Reed discovers the
prologue of a novel, the author identified only by the initials P.M.E.
She is captivated by the story and traces the author who is wheelchair
bound, to his decrepit plantation on an island off the coast of Georgia.
She doesn't realize
that he is using her to revenge against her husband, Noah Reed, a philandering
Maris is drawn to Parker
and his novel, the story of a friendship between two men which ends tragically
in a boating accident. She searches for the truth behind the story, coming
to believe the novel's characters are really Parker and her husband.
Eventually there is
a struggle for power for the publishing company between Noel and Maris
and a dissolution of their marriage. The final confrontation between Parker
and Noel brings resolution to the wrongs of the past.
The suspense builds
from the first chapter until the end. The story is well-written; the characters
are developed in-depth. The atmosphere at the Georgia island is well presented;
the reader can practically feel the humidity and the sea breezes. The
technique of a novel within a novel is an intriguing one, and keeps the
reader guessing at the outcome.