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Envy Book Tour – Extract

EnvyOn the book tour for Amanda Robson’s addictive new thriller called ‘Envy’, sit back and enjoy an extract from the thrilling story.

I end up doubled up at the park gate.

About to vomit. Heart pumping. Chest aching. Feeling light-headed, as if I am about to faint. When I have recovered a little I amble home.

The musty smell of my flat crawls into my bones and cradles my nostrils as I limp towards the shower. I turn the water on and wrap myself in a towel whilst I wait for it to warm up. The plumbing grunts and creaks, like an old man climbing stairs.

The water runs brown before it turns clear.

I test the water with my fingers. It still feels like ice. I am tempted not to bother, to just get dressed without a shower, but that is the start of a sort of slovenliness that I don’t want to be guilty of.

I wait another five minutes and then I step into the shower. The water is hot and satisfying now. It pummels my body and the more it presses against me, the more I relax. I soap myself with the lavender shower gel that Mouse bought me last Christmas. I start by lathering my generous thighs. Not taut and firm like yours yet, Faye, still dimpled with cellulite; down, down, towards my tree-trunk calves and broad ankles.

I massage and rub. It feels so soothing. So liberating. Upwards, upwards. Fingers circulating around my gelatinous breasts, my rolls of stomach fat. Fingers soaping into skin crevices. One day, Faye, if I keep working hard, my fat will dissolve, and I will be toned and slim like you.

Showered and dressed. Jeans and a jumper. Grey duffel coat that I have had for twenty years, and a black beanie hat. I step out into a cold sunny morning and wait at the bus stop across the road from your house. Every time a bus comes I ignore it.

Your front door opens and your Zac Efron of a husband steps out carrying a suitcase. A weekend bag. He waves his car keys. Lights flash. The boot opens. He flings the suitcase inside and drives off.

You can buy ‘Envy’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

You can also read my review of ‘Envy’ here.

Envy By Amanda Robson

Envy‘Envy’ is the latest book by Amanda Robson.

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…?

Like previous novels by Amanda, ‘Envy’ is a dark and twisted story that really pulls the reader in.

Faye is the main character, a woman who is obsessed with her appearance, strives for perfection and is constantly looking for the big break with her modelling job, but at 34, she’s not that much in demand much to her despair. But unbeknownst to Faye, she has other admirers that she’s unaware off and they will do anything to get close to her, whether that means taking her daughter or tearing her family apart.

The story is also seen through the narrative of Erica, a quiet and timid neighbour who’s in awe of Faye’s glamorous life and wishes they were friends, but is let down when Faye has a one night stand with Jonah, a man who is also obsessed with her and will do anything to have Faye in his life. As well as Philip, the clueless husband.

The different narratives to the story, make it a speedy read, as a woman who is used to being in control, Faye finds herself constantly on edge and battling to prove her sanity as people begin to question her actions and why things are happening. As the story progresses and things begin to unravel, we see a different side to Faye, uninterested in her appearance and only concerned for her family.

As the story flicks back and forward on the characters, it gives an interesting insight into the impact that actions can have on people’s lives, in Faye’s case how a one night stand can consume two strangers for different reasons.

A twisted and sordid tale of jealousy and obsession, ‘Envy’ is a gripping page turner of a book, riddled with drama, flawed characters and bad behaviour.

You can buy ‘Envy’ from Amazon and will be available from good bookshops from 4th April 2019.

Guilt By Amanda Robsonn

Guilt’Guilt’ is the latest book by Amanda Robson.

When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who stabbed who? And which one is now the woman behind the bars? Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets Seb, and everything changes. Handsome, charismatic and dangerous, Seb threatens to tear the sisters’ lives apart – but is he really the one to blame? Or are deeper resentments simmering beneath the surface? As the sisters’ relationship is stretched to the brink, a traumatic incident in Seb’s past begins to rear its head and soon all three are locked in a psychological battle that will leave someone dead. The question is: who?

On Saturday, I started Amanda’s second novel and was unable to put the book down until I reached the page.

Compulsive, edgy with complicated characters, this book was the perfect book to curl up with.

The story is written in the past and present tense and is cleverly seen through the perspectives twin sisters, Miranda and Zara and Zara’s lover, Sebastian.

The story starts at the present tense, right at the moment that one of the sisters kills the other one in self defence and from that point on, the reader is kept on their toes as they try to follow the clues and figure out which sister is the killer and which one has ended up dead.

Twins, Miranda and Zara are polar opposites of each other. Miranda is cool, collected and organised in life, whereas Zara is artistic, scatty and suffers from depression. Miranda is protective of Zara, having witnessed her sisters multiple suicide attempts, her sisters wellbeing is Miranda’s priority and this is quite a big responsibility on Miranda’s shoulders.

When Zara introduces Sebastian into their lives, Miranda can’t warm to him. Sneaky, manipulative with a nasty streak, it’s obvious that he’s had issues in life and his main goal is to come between the sisters relationship.

This story was an intensely thrilling story, with short chapters that made for snappy reading and the multiple perspectives, it was impossible to put down. Riddled with deceit, drama and suspense throughout, ‘Guilt’ is a cleverly written story that made for addictive reading.

You can pre-order Guilt from Amazon and will be available to buy good bookshops from 19th April 2018.

Amanda Robson Reveals New Book – Guilt

GuiltAmanda Robson is back with a new book in 2018 called ‘Guilt’.

What the back cover says –

When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who stabbed who? And which one is now the woman behind the bars?

Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets Seb, and everything changes. Handsome, charismatic and dangerous, Seb threatens to tear the sisters’ lives apart – but is he really the one to blame? Or are deeper resentments simmering beneath the surface?

As the sisters’ relationship is stretched to the brink, a traumatic incident in Seb’s past begins to rear its head and soon all three are locked in a psychological battle that will leave someone dead. The question is: who?

Looking forward to this one!

You can pre-order Guilt from Amazon and will be available to buy good bookshops from 19th April 2018.

Obsession By Amanda Robson

Obsession‘Obsession’ is Amanda Robson’s debut novel.

One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could? It is a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life. Carly and Rob are a perfect couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenny. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever just be good friends? Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiralling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she thought was true. Who can she trust? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them?

‘Obsession’ is a dark and thrilling story about one woman’s jealousy and how it utterly consumes her. When Carly drunkenly asks her husband who he would like to be with, he reluctantly tells her that, he likes Jenni, their best friend and a woman who is the polar opposite to Carly, she’s a meek, good living woman.

Overwhelmed at the thought of her husband having lustful thoughts about her friend, Carly embarks on vengeance on her friend, who’s unaware of Rob’s attraction.

The story is written through the narrative of the four characters of both marriages as the pair of them fall apart and they struggle to get through the repercussions of their actions.

The story is cleverly written with empathic and dislikable characters that made for complex and unhappy reading. When the story begins, we meet Carly, a sexual and outspoken woman who becomes obsessed with the idea of her husband, Rob lusting after someone else, but as the story progresses, we see this confident woman fall apart and anxiety sets in when she becomes convinced that Jenni is after her husband. Meanwhile, the most important man in Jenni’s life is Jesus, she’s good living and kind to people but with Carly’s obsession, we see a darker side to the once timid character.

I loved this story, it made for such twisted and unhappy reading that I couldn’t put it down. A dark and twisted story about the complexities of marriage and relationships. A story that explores, lust, revenge and betrayal, ‘Obsession’ is a fast paced thriller that hooks the reader in and takes them to a dark place that no relationship ever wants to venture.

You can buy Obsession from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.