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Living on a remote island under an assumed name, novelist Parker Evans guards his secrets well. Fascinated by this reclusive genius, publisher Maris Matherly-Reed decides to pursue him. But this new project threatens an old commitment, a commitment at the very center of her life. Envy has all the ingredients of a Sandra Brown beach read bestseller.
Paperback, 549 pages
Published August 29th 2002 by Piatkus Books (first published 1999)
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Dec 30, 2008 Tammy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of intense mysteries
Recommended to Tammy by: Terhan
Shelves: 2008-reads, suspense
Who knew Sandra Brown could write sexy and scary so well together?

My neighbor did, I suppose. She has been pushing this book off on me for the past year and I finally gave in and read it over the holiday. So glad I did!

New York publisher, Maris "Matherly" Reed, receives an intriguing manuscript regarding two college kids and an unsolved murder from someone identified only as P.M.E. She feels compelled to meet the anonymous author, so she travels to a remote Georgia island and begins snooping ar...more
I am one of the luckiest Goodreaders who actually won a copy of this book via the Goodreads Firstreads Giveaways. When I received the news I was really happy, happy because I think this was the very first time I actually won something through luck.

I actually have no idea who the author was and what was the book was all about because I just randomly enter any books that are listed in the Giveaway list. So I'm like Sandra Brown Who? Nevertheless someone commented that Sandra Brown was a good autho...more
BJ Rose
OK, this really deserves 3.5*, but I just couldn't give it 4* for two reasons:
1. Maris fell in love with Noah because she loved his book so much - I know that reason can go out the window when emotions walk in the door, but really?!!
2. Maris again - she came to Parker's bed while still claiming to love her husband, and then was upset with him for 'using' her and pushing her out the door (which he did).

Envy is a good read; a well-told story with some predictable plotlines but also some surprising...more
Reviewed for Audiogals.net

Narrated by Viktor Slezak

Envy came to my attention over a year ago, but I kept putting it off because I feared it wouldn’t have enough relationship development. For decades I’d read straight mystery and suspense, and while I still love suspense, I now want books with a strong romantic element. Surely, I thought, Sandra Brown is too mainstream for my current tastes. How wrong I was, and how glad I am that I finally gave into the curiosity and bought the audiobook. If I'd...more
Sarah Sammis
Envy is the third novel by Sandra Brown I've read and she's rapidly earning her way onto my list of "go-to" authors. Her novels always manage to surprise once or twice and certainly entertain from cover to cover.

Envy is the title of the book within the book and it's the lure that brings Maris Matherly-Reed to a remote Georgian island to purchase the rights to a novel. What she doesn't realize is that she's been lured into an elaborate scheme of revenge long buried in the past.

There are excerpts...more
**4.5 stars**

This is a terrific romantic suspense book with one of the most despicable villains I've ever had the misfortune to find in fiction. There were tons of good twists and at times I was truly afraid that the villain would get away with murder but just when you thought everybody was well and truly f*cked, something would happen that would put the villain in his place.

I won't go into detail about the plot or characters because for the first couple of chapters the reader doesn't know who'...more
A great story by Sandra Brown. A near-perfect blend of romance, mystery and even suspense. The book has three focused characters. Maris, daughter of the CEO of a publishing company and editor. She is sent a prologue to a story that immediately captivates her. After some searching, she comes across the writer. The author is Parker, a bitter recluse. due to a horrid incident in his past, he was left in a wheelchair. The other main character is Noah, Maris' husband. Noah has a darker agenda to sell...more
One of the best Sandra Brown books I have ever read.
-There were no parts where the heroine's friends go on and on about how jealous they are of her physical perfection. THANK YOU.
-The hero acted like an asshole several times -typical of Sandra Brown heroes- but it was acknowledged, instead of just forgiven without a thought.
-There was a lot more suspense than in a usual SB book. That was nice; the thriller aspect of it. I find I enjoy SB books with the element of suspense much more than the pure...more
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
10/13 - just relistened to this, my fave romantic suspense. I enjoyed it just as much, if not more, than the first two times.

Unabridged audiobook version - my review from AAR's Speaking of Audiobooks column:
Narrated by Victor Slezak
Envy is part of my Unofficial 2010 Listening Challenge. I haven’t been a fan of romantic suspense in the past and Envy changed that – completely. Sandra Brown has to be one of the more refined voices for sophisticated suspense combined with romance. I wasn’t bored for...more
This is the 2nd book that I have chosen to read because fellow book reviewer Brie seemed to recommend the book so highly. And I have got to believe the girl and take her recommendations to heart because for the world of me, I couldn’t seem to put down this book once I started to read. Envy makes for such a compelling read that I resented every single minute I had to be away from the story that unfolded, bringing home the fact that when it comes to thrillers of the romantic suspense variety, ther...more
Jane Stewart
Well done mystery, a frighteningly evil bad guy, and some interesting romantic development.

Two stories are being told. The first story is about Maris, an editor and executive in her father’s publishing company Matherly Press. Noah was a famous author who came to work at Matherly Press. He and Maris married. Maris recently read an unsolicited manuscript in her slush pile. It was a prologue titled “Envy” submitted by P.M.E. with no phone and no address. She loved it and eventually find...more
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that with a plot like Envy's, there's a big emphasis on writerly things, and nearly all of the characters are involved in the industry at some point, either from the writing or the publishing aspect. Ironically, the criticism given to one of her writing characters pretty much sums up the book: lively dialogue, but the plot needs work. The plot needs a lot of work, because I don't have enough suspension of disbelief to buy the story past the first fifty pag...more
I like Sandra Brown books, this was no exception. But that said, there were two things that bothered me: 1. Parker would not have survived his accident. Why didn't the author make the accident more believable? #2 Parker was very cruel to Maris after getting her to trust him, just awful really. And the excuse given in the book for this cruelty didn't make sense to me. Supposedly he did that to make her leave. Why didn't he just say, listen I need you to leave for a few weeks until I call and tell...more
Anne OK
Reread in May, 2010. Still think it's one of Sandra Brown's best books ever. A deep and dark storyline with great character development and a plot that keeps on going. I'm so glad I decided to pick this book up again 10 years from the original read because my reading habits have changed so much and I've developed more of an eye for details and clues. Such a surprise and a delightful day of reading.
This book was recommended to my by Crystal, and I loved it. I loved the twists and turns. Around the middle of the book, I had a feeling about where the book was heading, but was pleasantly surprised by all the complexities that were explored as the book progressed.

The characters were strong and I loved Maris, Parker, and Mike. Some great twists and turns as well. I also liked that there wasn't the formula sub-plot where girl hates boy, boy pleads forgiveness and girl finally believes him and g...more
Lisa B.
My Thoughts

This was a fast paced tale that hooked me right from the start. I liked the plot twist and not knowing who was going to end up being a good guy or a bad guy (or girl). It seemed everyone was out to screw - literally and figuratively - Maris. Fortunately, she’s not quite as stupid as she sometimes came across. The real issue was - who exactly could she trust?

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Sandra Brown novel and this was a good choice to bring me back into the fold. She has quite a...more
Romance thriller features copious sex and suspense !!

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 i...more
Warning, a bit of a spoiler!

I've read this book four times over the past year and a half and will likely visit these embracing characters a few more times before I'm done.

I found every detail and every piece of dialogue completely necessary, the story didn't lose my interest once, and what a conclusion!

While you start to suspect what is going on as the plot thickens and the pages progress, when the story comes full circle and the characters are revealed for who they really are, it was a very "Ah...more
This was my first Sandra Brown book and I was expecting a thriller; something that held me glued to the pages as I anxiously read more. That was not the case with "Envy." In hindsight, I should have left it unfinished, but wanted to see how the stories were going to come together.

Grew frustrated that the tempo didn't pick up as the book progressed. If anything, it dragged in several places. I wanted gripping suspense. What I got was a lot of subterfuge, back stabbing, hints and plot building. S...more
**Received an autographed copy of this book through goodreads first read giveaway.

4.5 stars! This book was fantastic. This book had it all - great writing, interesting characters, a great plot full of twists and turns, romance, mystery, deceit, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was hard to put down, so I didn't put it down - I kept right on reading until late in the night. I especially liked the concept of the book within the book. I highly recommend it!!
I started this book with an anticipation that could be compared to a child's--inviting, exciting, ready to give in to it. And without disappointment, yes, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Unlike Dan Brown's famous books, this doesn't have 1) super short chapters. (See Digital Fortress) Where you'll encounter plenty one-paged chapters; 2) there are no "chapter's bomb." Like every chapter, there'll be a twist of some sort that after tasting it too often it gets so annoying; 3) it's professional

To describe...more
I think that sandra brown is a brillant writer. I remember loving this book! I find her a litte ronchy sometimes though, so it scares me from reading some of her books sometimes. I think that she knows how to pull you in though.
Darynda Jones
Just started the audiobook on a trip and was so mesmerized, I didn't want the trip to end.


WOW!!!! I have to say, I loved this book! Just wow. Way to go Ms. Brown!
Wow! I was very impressed by this story. It was well crafted, suspenseful, and enjoyable.

Maris is a book editor in NYC who works for her father at Matherly press. Noah Reed, who wrote Maris' favorite book "Vanquished" came to work for her dad. It idn't take long for Maris to fall in love and marry Noah.

Days are busy and Maris is missing the time when she worked directly with an author in developing his book. Her attention is drawn to a partial manuscript that she has received. The book has all t...more
Ursula Gorman
I have read many Sandra Brown books; for the most part, I really enjoy her books. Unfortunetly, she is one of the rare author's that I either love her or hate her books. Usually if I love an author's work, I love it all, but Sandra is a rarity for me. There has been a couple of her books I wasn't even able to finish, Envy was 'almost' one of those books.
Luckily, it had enough redeeming qualities to save it from the discarded pile. The overall story line was very good and thought out. The twists...more
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Sandra Brown has written another winner.Envy is a perfect blend of suspense, romance, and mystery. Maris is an editor and when she is sent a prologue to a story that catches her attention from the first sentence she decides to track down the writer. When she finds the author Parker Evans who turns out to be a bitter recluse bound to wheelchair she is fascinated. Maris is soon wondering if Parker's novel is based on his life. What Maris doesn't know is that Parker has his own agenda .

The first wo...more
Maria Ulery
Matherly Press is a well known publishing company in New York with Daniel at the helm and his daughter Maris at his side doing the editing and her fairly new husband Noah Reed helping the aging Daniel run the company. Maris is going thru books that have been submitted for the companies review and finds a riveting novel that she must publish and meet the author so she schedules to do that and unbeknownst to her, her devious hubby is trying to sell the company from underneath them and run off with...more
Deana M
The book begins in the late 80's and spans over a 14 year period. The prologue of the book is actually part of a manuscript that was sent to Matherly Publishing in New York. When Maris Matherly-Reed reads this, she is instantly attracted to the story. The author's only identity are the initials P.M.E. located on St. Anne Island, GA. When she finds the identity of the man, she goes to him to talk about his possible book. When she gets there, she is not expecting to meet a man in a wheelchair with...more
Hhmmm... sebenarnya bagi yang suka buku ini kagak jelek2 amat sih.

Tp terus terang, ini dibeli hanya karena ada obralan aja di Gramedia, C4-Depok. (Bayangkan! Cuma 15rb aja! Hehehe... siapa yang tidak tergoda coba?). Selain itu, karena ada "tantangan" dari Goodreads untuk mencantumkan target membaca di tahun 2011 ini... jadi terpaksa deh asal beli. Hehehe...

Ok. Sekedar review. Plot biasa aja sih.

Ada cewek. Cakep. Seksi. Kaya. Pinter. (Hmmmm...sesuai judulnya.. deskripsi tokoh utama agak-agak bik...more
Recently, I re-read Envy. I was "in-between" books and looking for something pacy and slightly vicarious. Envy beckoned and I was not disappointed. In fact, the second reading was more enjoyable, as the plot becomes less important and the characterisation more significant. I felt the character of Parker was very poignantly drawn - he has struggled to achieve a certain amount of acceptance of his current situation, created many years ago by the envious and ruthless nature of his best friend. As s...more
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“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future".” 145 likes
“[Parker] ”We know why I kissed you last night, Maris.”
“To frighten me off.”
He frowned. “That doesn’t even merit an argument. I kissed you because you braved Terry’s and showed up everybody in the place, including me. I kissed you because just looking at you made me ache. I kissed you because I’m a rotten son of a bitch and your mouth looked so goddamn kissable. Simply put, I kissed you because I wanted to. It’s something I admit and you damn well know. But there is one question that’s driving me fucking crazy.”
His eyes focused harder on hers and, by doing so, penetrated. “Why did you kiss me back?”
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