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Envy [Hardcover]

Sandra Brown
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Book Description

August 2001
Parker Evans religiously protects his privacy on a small island, so no one knows that he is really bestselling author Mackensie Roone. Now, Parker is secretly writing a more literary novel called Envy about the destructive rivalry between friends that leads to the imprisonment of one and the bestselling success of the other. Parker adopts a pseudonym and submits a chapter directly to Maris Matherly-Reed, the publisher of Matherly Press. Fascinated and impressed, Maris travels to meet with Parker and discovers that he is confined to a wheelchair. She agrees to become his editor, and as they work together on the island, their mutual attraction grows. But at the same time, Noah Reed, Maris husband and colleague, reads the manuscript. He recognizes the story as his own and realizes that it could have only been written by one personthe friend he left for dead 14 years earlier. Noah must silence Parker before his treachery is exposed in Envy. The hardcover edition of The Switch (9/00) debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and there are 600,000 copies in print. Her previous hardcover, The Alibi (9/99), debuted at #1 on the New York Times list. The Switch and The Alibi also hit numerous other lists. Sandra Brown has had 44 New York Times bestsellers since 1991. Close to 60 million copies of her novels are in print worldwide, and they have been translated into 30 languages. Brown is one of the very few authors who has had three books appear simultaneously on the New York Times bestseller list.

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The prologue of a novel arrives in the Manhattan offices of a book editor, who's intrigued enough to chase its mysterious author, identified only by his initials, to his decrepit plantation on an island off the Georgia Coast. That's the first clue that fiction is stranger than fact; few publishers (if any) would go to that sort of trouble for anything less than a new J.D. Salinger novel. But bestselling author Sandra Brown makes the most of her far-fetched premise, setting up a convoluted plot that keeps the reader engrossed despite its flaws and foibles.

Maris Matherly-Reed is more than an editor. She's also the beloved daughter of the publishing house's highly respected and successful leader, and the wife of Matherly Press's second-in-command, the smooth, suave, double-dealing Noah Reed. Reed, it develops, is the real target of the literary scam set up by the reclusive writer of the novel whose opening pages so captivate Reed's spouse. P.M.E., the writer, has a score to settle with Maris's husband, and he doesn't care whom he hurts as long as he brings Noah down. At least, not until he meets Maris, who has an unfortunate habit of falling in love with her authors (see above; that's the second clue). Brown is a master at romantic suspense, and Envy displays the talents that have won her a devoted following: a deft hand at evoking the vulnerability and humanity of her protagonists, a sure command of narrative tension, and a nice sense of place. This is a terrific hammock read, just right for a summer day as sultry and humid as Envy's Low Country setting. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

Style and form are usually the least of prolific bestselling romance/thriller writer Brown's concerns, but in her latest effort she takes on an unusual challenge, setting out to craft a novel within a novel within a novel. The onion begins to peel when editor Maris Matherly-Reed plucks a prologue from the slush pile and finds herself hooked by the steamy prose. The author has furthermore titillated her by breaking the rules: no SASE, no cover letter. Maris knows only that his initials are P.M.E. and he lives on St. Anne Island in Georgia. (How does she know P.M.E. is a man? She... knows.) Gutsy, idealistic, deliciously sexy, Maris is married to philandering sociopath Noah Reed, who runs Matherly Press with Maris and her father, Daniel, last of the silver-maned gentleman publishers. As for P(arker) M(ackensie) E(vans), he's a bitter, wheelchair-bound, first-time novelist or is he? Is he using Maris to avenge himself against Noah, or does he love her madly or can the answer be all of the above? Cutting back and forth between the bernovel and Parker's autobiographical novel about a purloined novel, Brown stages one dramatic scene after another. The narrative voices don't change much (although the typefaces do), but Brown's loyal legions frankly won't give a damn. (Aug. 28) Forecast: Brown could probably write a novel in blank verse and still hit the bestseller lists, so her experimentation here (mild, in any case) won't throw readers. The book is a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection and a BOMC alternate, and major TV, radio and print media ad campaigns (plus New York transit ads) will blanket the country. Expect the expected: a blockbuster.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bummer Sept. 14 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Brown's old books are much better than this drivel. The book is in no way up to the standards of Brown's old paperback romances. The hero is very poorly defined. I couldn't figure out why a supposedly classy lady would like such a jerk. And the villain was too over the top to believe, i.e., the murder of the heroine's father-- such an unnecessary event and out of character for the supposedly sharp witted dad. The whole book was a patchwork of bits and pieces that failed to jell together into a novel. Farfetched and poorly written, I'm glad that I got this one from the library and didn't waste my money on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half mystery / half erotica Oct. 7 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For romance readers, about half the book is good ... lots of juicy sex and annoying verbal forplay. But for me, an avid mystery reader, I thought the story would have been much better told without pages and pages of sexual drivel. I think it took up much of the space where the characters could be better drawn and the intrigue better expressed. It's a good concept (a novel within a novel), and probably a very good mystery on its own, but there was just too much wasted space to be consistently good throughout. Sifting through the rubbish made it hard for me to enjoy the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A shocking book Sept. 30 2008
By D. Gadj
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was shocked by this book and that is why I strongly recommend it. This is a masterpiece about love, friendship, envy, ambition, revenge....unbelievable plot. You have to read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT plot twister Dec 9 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
This book kept me thinking the whole time I listened to it. Every time I thought I had figured out how the next chapter would read, Ms. Brown took a turn in the plot that I never saw. The book is one of her finest works. She makes each character very believable.
The story begins in a publishing house in New York where the owner's daughter, Maris Matherly-Reed, is an editor with an eye for a great story. She gets one in a partially written manuscript. The only problem is the author is only identified by three initials and has given a return address of a small Georgia-Coast island. This story has intrigued her enough that she discusses the writing with her father, Daniel. He encourages her to seek out the author and so she goes on a search to the island seeking this unknown author.
When Maris finds the author, Parker Evans, she is surprised to find him in a wheelchair. Getting him to finish writing the story takes all her skills as an editor or so she believes. Slowly, as she reads a chapter or two at a time, a story about two college roommates, each of whom wants to be the first published author starts to unfold. The more she reads, the more she begins to think this is not the fiction Parker tells her it is.
As Maris travels between the island and New York, she begins to find out things about her husband that distress her. Things like his adultery and she begins to wonder to whom she is really married. Her husband, Noah Reed is co-publisher in Matherly Press but has ambitions far beyond his present position. He is ruthless enough to do anything to get it and has a past that Maris knows nothing about. Slowly the pieces begin to fall into place and Maris discovers a love she thought she already had.
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We have to admit to never having read a Sandra Brown before, but a friend pressed this novel onto us along with a great recommendation. We weren't even sure of the genre at first: it seemed like a romance, with plenty of sex and stuff about love and relationships; but the complex plot soon led us to recognize it as a suspense thriller! The leading lady, Maris Matherly-Reed, runs with her father a respected book publishing firm that has been in the family for decades. She falls in love with an author, Noah Reed, by way of loving his book, and Reed marries into the family and the firm. His ugly ambitions (to sell the firm and make millions) and cheating ways are soon revealed to us readers.
Meanwhile, using a "book within a book" technique, we meet another author through Maris, one Parker Evans, of St. Anne Island, Georgia. Parker has submitted a manuscript prologue to a book that captures Maris's imagination. She hunts for and finds the author and soon we get to read several chapters of the author's book while the ongoing story of "Envy" proceeds. Before its all over, we learn from Evan's book why he's so severely handicapped, as it turns out his story is autobiographical with himself as a protagonist and another real-life person as the villain -- wonder who? The tribulations of this whole crowd entertain all the way to a surprising and satisfying conclusion.
Brown has the writing skills to hold our attention and make us care, and the plotting skills to keep us puzzled for nearly 450 pages. While some of the sex was probably a bit too explicit for us (we're a little prudish), the story is captivating and makes pages turn in an awful big hurry toward the end. We get a bit of an inside look at book publishing and some thoughts about that awful emotion envy along the way. So this is what a romantic thriller is like !
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4.0 out of 5 stars page-turner March 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sandra Brown's novel Envy is suspenseful and well written. The plot contains many twists, which grasp the reader's attention and keep the pages turning. The story continuously changes mood, keeping the reader guessing what will happen next.
The prologue features a manuscript for Envy, about a horrible and tragic accident that two college friends experience. The author of the peice leaves only initials, and does not include contact information. He sent the manuscript to Maris Matherly-Reed, chief editor of Matherly Press to be evaluated. The story catches her attention, and ahe decides to search for the writer whose initials are P.M.E.; she hopes to read more and possibly publish the manuscript.
Throughout the novel, excerpts from the Envy manuscript are incorporated to help the plot come together. It turns out that P.M.E. sent his story to Maris MAtherly-Reed on purpose, to get revenge on her husband, Noah Reed. His manuscript turns out to be a true rendition of a past friendship with Noah, and betrayal which left P.M.E. disabled. The story uncovers Noah's secret life of manipulation and violence to get what he wants, with no regard to anyone involved, including Maris.
In this novel, Sandra Brown really writes two different stories that come together to form a thrilling plot that definitely keeps the reader's attention. Right when the story seems to unfold, another twist in the plot changes the scene. Her writing style really grabs the attention of the reader to keep their interest. Envy is a true page-turner.
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