Betrayal, Revenge and Sex...oh my!! This really is an excellent book!! I've read a couple other SBs and was disappointed...this definitely changes my opinion....I'm going to try some others. This is a fairly long book (549p) but I flew through it! (even neglected my other read! lol) It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time...for both stories....and the way she weaves them together...PERFECT!! I highly recommend this book!
This is my first Sandra Brown book. I am not sure why, but have not previously been drawn to her. However, that has changed after reading Envy. Super characters, suspense, great story. Enjoyed to the very end.
I have almost all of Sandra Brown's Books, and without a doubt, this one is at the top of the list. It grabs hold of you and doesn't let go, even when you know ahead of time that she is in danger, you will be surprised how far the danger takes her.
This book was a most pleasant surprise. It is well-written with just the right infusion of tension to keep the reader turning its pages. While many of its twists and turns are predictable, not all are. There are enough surprises for even the most jaded of readers. It is a wonderful story-within-a-story of friendship, envy, betrayal, greed, revenge, love, and redemption.
Maris Matherly-Reed, an editor at prestigious Matherly Press, and scion of the head of this prestigious New York publishing house, Daniel Matherly, receives an unsolicited, anonymous manuscript entitled "Envy". Pulling it out of the slush pile, this manuscript consists only of a prologue, but one so riveting and beautifully written, that Maris is intrigued enough to want to speak to its unknown but supremely talented author. Leaving her husband, acclaimed author and fellow Matherly Press editor, Noah Reed, to mind the store, Maris decides to follow up on this mysterious, but intriguing, newcomer.
Having only an address for an Island off the Georgia coast, she goes there and encounters the crude and rude Parker Evans, the author of this potential literary gem. Marist makes allowances for his behavior, attributing it to what she assumes to be bitterness over his being confined to a wheelchair. As she gets to know Parker and discuss his book with him, more and more is revealed to her about his novel. It is a story of two friends who, in the late nineteen eighties, go on a boat for a celebratory jaunt with a young woman, only to have it end tragically. As Maris begins to find herself attracted to Parker, little does she know that she is about to go on a voyage of personal self-discovery.
Meanwhile back in New York, unbeknownst to both his wife and father-in-law, or so he thinks, Noah Reed is plotting and planning a takeover of Matherly Reed by a corporate giant. He is also not behaving as a faithful husband would. When Maris returns to New York, her old world appears to be falling apart. As the veil is torn from her eyes, she no longer sees her husband through rose colored glasses. She begins to wonder to whom she is really married, as Noah reveals more of himself than she cares to know.
When Maris reads additional chapters in Parker's book, she gets a strong sense that the book may be a work of non-fiction rather than fiction. She also suspects that there may be a connection between herself and Parker that she had not before realized. As the story of the three young people on the boat develops, it becomes painfully clear that the past and present are on a collision course. The only question is whether Maris will realize it before it is too late, and the past collides with the present.
This is an ingeniously plotted novel, and Parker Evans is a very interesting character. The other characters are also fairly well fleshed out for such a plot driven book. Only the character of Noah Reed seems to be a cookie cutter character. As the book, however, is primarily plot driven, it does not unduly detract from such an otherwise engrossing novel of suspense. Moreover, the literary contrivance of a story-within-a-story is very well done. The two parallel stories are both dramatic and interesting. Each serves to propel the book towards its climactic ending. All in all, it is very well done.
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.
I enjoyed this book. It was the first Sandra Brown title I'd read, and it drew me in immediately. The plot was original and, although some critical plot elements were predictable, the story held my attention throughout. Recommended to those who enjoy a mystery/thriller with romance. A fun read for the summer, or for those times when you just want to escape into a book.
This is one of the first books that I read of Sandra Brown's - she now as me hooked! Sandra Brown keeps readers turning pages with an explosive tale of a long-ago crime and the victim's plan for revenge!
This is probably one of my favorite Sandra Brown novels. To me, the characters were vivid and I could really picture them in my mind. The plot was fresh and told in an interesting way -- the present is narrated with every few chapters going back to a chapter of the novel inside the novel, so you're really following two storylines throughout. It held my interest and the end didn't leave any loose ends -- very important!
I am a avid reader. I actually do not write reviews but when I saw this book posted I was compelled to write that this is by far the best book that I have ever read! I know there are 500+ pages and I could not put it down. 5 Stars
My first Sandra Brown book. Shame on me for assuming that Ms. Brown's books would be formulaic and predictable. I almost put this one down after the first few chapters because I was so sure I had it figured out and didn't want to waste my time. I despise not finishing a book, however, so I pushed forward. I'm so glad I did. Well-developed characters and unexpected plot twists kept my attention to the point that I stayed up well past my bedtime several nights because I just had to see what happened next. So, now I understand why this author is so very popular. Unexpectedly strong female protagonist and a very satisfying ending make this a four out of five for me. Looking forward to reading more by Sandra Brown.
Another excellent Brown boook. NY publishers recieves a manuscript from someone identified only as PME, the book has blockbuster potential and something more. On an eerie cotton plantation on a remote Georgia island she finds a man concealing his identity and his past. Maris is drawn into his talke of two young friends and a deadly betrayal. A chilling novel..........
A book about a publisher who experiences betrayal, love, and mystery when she receives a manuscript from a mysterious author. A good read with some twists and turns and romance. First Sandra Brown book I've read, and I will read her other books.
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's husband and colleague, reads the manuscript. He recognizes the story as his own and realizes that it could have only been written by one person -- the friend he left for dead 14 years earlier. Noah must silence Parker before his treachery is exposed in ENVY.
Very good read. Paraphrased - "When ... publisher Maris Reed received a manuscript, it is blockbuster potential and she is compelled to meet the author. On a ruined cotton plantation on a Georgia island, she meets Parker Evans. There is something chilly about this novel,its possible connection to Maris' own life, and the real-life character who uses her or anyone to get what he wants."
When a New York publisher Maris Matherly Reed receives a tantalizing manuscript from someone only identified as P.M.E., its blockbuster potential-and perhaps something else-compets her to meetits author. On an eerie ruined cotton plantation on a remote Georgian island she finds Parker Evans, a man concealing his identity and his past. Maris is drawn into his tale of 2 young friends and a deadly betrayal... and to Parker himself. But there's something especially chilling about this novel, its possible connection to Maris's own life, ant the real-life character who uses her, or anyone, to get what he wants.
This was one of the best books I've read in long time. Very gripping and engaging from page one. When I couldn't be reading it I was trying to figure out what was going to happen next. A definite must read suggestion.
Maris Matherly-Reed, an executive at Matherly Press, the publishing house that her father runs, is going through the slush pile of unsolicited manuscripts when she encounters one that intrigues her. But the author has submitted only the prologue and has put only his initials on it and the name of the island off the coast of Georgia where he lives. To the befuddlement of her husband, Noah, a writer who only published one novel and now works at Matherly Press, Maris is determined to pursue the manuscript. Maris has been concerned by her husband's inattentiveness and lately has been feeling dissatisfied with their marriage. Impulsively, she decides to go to Georgia to find the author, now identified as Parker Evans. At first, Parker puts off Maris--he's rude, abrasive, ruggedly handsome, and wheelchair bound from an accident he won't discuss. Nevertheless, Maris is totally drawn in by his novel, the story of the friendship between two young men that ends tragically when only one makes it back from a boating accident. Nor can Maris deny her attraction to Parker. Meanwhile, her two-faced husband, Noah, is back in New York, trying to secure a deal that will essentially allow him to sell Matherly Press out from under Maris and her father. As her marriage crumbles and her attraction to Parker grows, Maris finds that Parker and his novel are much more closely related to her life than she could have ever imagined. Suspenseful and satisfying, Brown's latest novel is sure to please readers, just as her many previous ones have.
When New York publisher Maris Matherly Reed receives a tantalizing manuscript from someone identified only as P.M.E., its blockbuster potential and perhaps something else compels her to meet its author. On an eerie, ruined cotton plantation on a remote Georgia island she finds Parker Evans, a man concealing his identity and his past. Maris is drawn into his tale of two young friends and a deadly betrayal -- and to Parker himself. But there's something expecially chilling about this novel, its possible connection to Maris's own life and the real life character who uses her, or anyone, to get what he wants.
Excellent characters. Interesting story and good reader. I anxiously plundered through this double tale of two devious men and one intelligent by vulnerable woman. Explicit and descriptive narration by Victor Slezak. 6 hour running time.
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.
When New York publisher Maris Matherly Reed receives a tantalizing manuscript from someone identified only as P.M.E., its blockbuster potentialand perhaps something elsecompels her to meet its author. On an eerie, ruined cotton plantation on a remote Georgia island she finds Parker Evans, a man concealing his identity and his past. Maris is drawn into his tale of two young friends and a deadly betrayaland to Parker himself. But theres something especially chilling about this novel, its possible connection to Mariss own life, and the real-life character who uses her, or anyone, to get what he wants.