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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Envy Rots the Bones by Nina R Blakeman is a gritty tale that explores murder, family issues, and a conflict that will have the reader going through the pages nonstop. Dr. Faye Davis is an intelligent, pharmaceutical scientist, deeply in love with Todd, a man with whom she has enjoyed a powerful and passionate love experience. But Faye has a darkness in her that is at the root of her stress, a darkness that pushes her to murder the mother of Todd’s illegitimate children, Annette. But Emma, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the deceased knows the truth and will stop at nothing to make Faye pay for what she did to her mother. Does she have what it takes to put Faye completely out of their lives or will Faye have to play dirtier to maintain her place in this family?
Beautifully written, Envy Rots the Bones is a hard-to-put-down story with great twists, a compelling cast of characters and a masterfully developed conflict between stepmother and stepdaughter. I loved Emma, the sixteen-year-old girl and her anger and hatred for her stepmother comes across powerfully. Faye is a well-developed character, too. She is the epitome of modern illness, of greed, and she represents a society that is psychologically breaking up. Nina R Blakeman’s story powerfully demonstrates what happens when a human heart is ruled by envy. This is an entertaining story and I enjoyed the psychological depth of characters, the beautiful prose, and the strong plotlines. Nina R Blakeman’s writing offers powerful and insightful descriptions that allow readers to explore the psychology of her characters.