Twisted and brilliant, Envy Rots the Bones is the follow-up novel to Nina Blakeman’s The Blow-up Man. In the town of Ethanville in the year of 2013, Faye Davis is the stepmother of teenage twins whose mother she killed and the wife of Todd Davis, a man who is much older than her. Both of them pharmaceutical scientists of Cullen State University, their marriage hadn’t been good. Emma, one of the twins, has a lot of resentment towards Faye. Todd, who had to abandon his research of a new drug because of its toxic effects, hasn’t been treating Faye like a loving husband should. Husband problems aside, Faye is about to get a hefty dose of pure hate, courtesy of Emma, a stepdaughter from hell or a place just like it.
I have not had the pleasure of meeting Annette Dolce in The Blow-up Man, but I did have the pleasure of meeting Emma, one of her twin daughters who gradually transforms from teenage girl with a crush on the most sought after boy in school to someone who can manipulate her peers into doing horrible things. Ella, meanwhile, plays the innocent twin, but her time to go bad does come around. Readers who’ve enjoyed the previous book will better enjoy all the interesting characters that this book has to offer. Blakeman truly made all of her characters come to life. I wonder if the author has her heart venomously set on giving all stepparents out there several nightmares because they simply can’t read this book and expect to sleep peacefully afterwards.
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I reviewed this book for Readers’ Favorite.
|Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date Published: May 29, 2017
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