Book Review: Envy – Amanda Robson


“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…?”


This book took me on a rollercoaster while reading it. There were parts where it written was really well and where I really enjoying it and planned on giving it a high rating as it had sucked me right in, but then there were parts that just ruined it for me. Sadly those stood out the most for me.

While reading the first 1/3 of this book I was gripped. It was pretty predictable, but I was enjoying it all. I really liked the unexpected addition of the second person *no spoilers* that added that extra layer to this book. I’m obviously going to bring up You because there were some similarities, but I liked how this book added the female on female stalker, but did it not in a sexual way. But what I was expecting this whole book to be about, takes place within the first 1/3 of the book and then I was left thinking “Now what?…”

The book did get a little repetitive to the point that I knew how sentences were going to end because they’d been said so much throughout the book. Some character development were really good and had excellent reasoning behind them. Erica turned out to be my favourite character and Faye who I started off hating, I ended up feeling sorry for and then going back to disliking. However some characters, one in particular, had a drastic character change that didn’t really fall in line with his character specs throughout the book, until you get to last 40/50 pages and need another villain.

This book is written from several of the different character perspectives. This is good when it comes to this type of book as it builds up the tension while you’re reading it and because you, as a reader, get to know what’s happening. Also doing it this way with a book entitled Envy, the author did something really good. She showed the readers how everyone is envious of somebody else, regardless of what they think the have or don’t have. The person you think is perfect, looks at somebody else in that way because they believe themselves to be lacking.

Overall, this book could’ve done with being shorter, it would’ve kept more of the tension and a tighter plot and may of had a better character development of the end.

Published by ShayneysReviews

Hello! My name is Shayney Hardcastle. I am a massive book enthusiast so I created this blog as my own little place where I can write and express my thoughts and review each book I have read. I am 23 and am currently living in a small town in Wales, in the United Kingdom, and love how reading let's me explore the world outside of this small town. I have also recently been sent more and more books and ARC by authors to review and wanted a place to review them that wasn't just on Goodreads and Amazon.

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