Today I am delighted to bring you an exclusive extract from Envy, the latest psychological thriller from Amanda Robson. My thanks to Sabah Khan from publisher Avon Books for inviting me to join the tour. Here is what the book is all about:
About the Book
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…?
An unsettling, claustrophobic thriller about jealousy, greed and desire from Sunday Times bestseller Amanda Robson.
From the Book
‘What’s the matter?’ Mouse asks, as I sit at his breakfast bar sipping a cappuccino. ‘Your lips are curling downwards. Are you in a mood again?’
‘Don’t apologise, just tell me what’s wrong. That’s what’s supposed to happen, isn’t it? You worry. Then you tell me about it because I am your friend.’
‘It’s just that life’s so unfair,’ I say with a shrug of my shoulders.
He laughs, his strange laugh, like a braying donkey. ‘There’s nothing new about that.’
‘Is that supposed to make it any easier?’ I ask.
He puts his arm cautiously around my shoulders, as if he wants to be friendly but is not quite sure how to be.
‘Please try and explain.’
‘It’s the children. Faye’s children. How come she’s been able to have them when she can’t even look after them properly?’
He looks at me intently and his eyes widen. ‘Is that what’s happening?’ he asks.
Yes, I think, but don’t reply. It is too painful to speak about. A tear begins to trickle down my face. Yes. These children, who’ve had such a good start in life, will not get the backing they need because Faye has become distracted.
Look at what happened to me. Did my life start to go wrong, the minute I was born to a mother who couldn’t look after me? Or was it always a disaster from the start?
About the Author
After graduating, Amanda Robson worked in medical research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and at the Poisons Unit at Guy’s Hospital, where she became a co-author of a book on cyanide poisoning – knowledge she demonstrates to great effect in this dark, twisting tale which makes terrifying use of poisons throughout. Amanda attended the Faber novel-writing course, and is now a full-time author. Obsession is her first novel.
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