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Envy [Hardcover]

Sandra Brown
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

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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
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars could not put it down July 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was hooked after the first chapter! great book good not put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Dec 7 2013
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Once you get started hard to put down.
Interesting characters and story line....like reading two books at once! Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Envy Sept. 13 2013
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The characters were well written,but the plot was too unbelievable.. too much sex talk also.
Not one of your better books Sandra..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 8 2014
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I enjoy reading her
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Feb. 8 2014
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did not want to put this book down
. exciting. keeps you wanting more. great book. brilliant author. best book I have read in a long time..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
I liked the story line full of interesting details and actions. The characters were exciting to read about and glad it turned out the way it did.
Published 5 months ago by Anna Nagy
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a great read. This book kept me riveted with the twists and turns, I found it hard to put down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Heidi Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Always good
Sandra Brown books never disappoint. I always enjoy her novels, and they are easy to read. I think I have read most of them
Published 6 months ago by Yvonne Turigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and Ugly
As always, Sandra Brown writes a wonderful book. It took me a bit to get caught up in the story but once I did, it was difficult to put the book down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deedeewa
4.0 out of 5 stars good story line
iI was not exactly a page turner but I enjoyed it. I will purchase another book by this author and hope her work progresses..
Published 7 months ago by Dianne Gehring
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovered a new author
Of course Sandra Brown is not new to most people but I was just browsing books and picked this one up. Since reading it, I have picked up a few of her other books. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard Yun
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense and Intrigue
Full of suspense. Great character development. Very well written.I recommend this author - I'm now onto my second Sandra Brown book.
Published 7 months ago by Lisa Bertoncini
4.0 out of 5 stars Envy
Great mystery it was well written. Good sex passages and well developed characters. I would recommend this book others. Thanks
Published 7 months ago by Michael Swannell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very good read
Sandra Brown outdid herself here...a story within a story was absolutely successful. It captivated you and kept you guessing trying to figure out the twists and turns.
Published 8 months ago by peacemaker1015
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I know this book has lots of great reviews and maybe I just didn't stick with it long enough but to be honest I got so bored of the main character Maris that I removed it from my... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Juleza
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