Envy Rots the Bones

Fiction - Thriller - General
422 Pages
Reviewed on 07/29/2017
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Author Biography

Nina Blakeman, BSN, PhD is an experienced professional with diverse experiences as a writer, educator, and administrative professional. She’s an avid golfer and fan of the Green Bay Packers. She lives in West Texas with her husband, Scot, and their three dogs, Lambeau, Goobie, and Dingo.

    Book Review

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.

Viga Boland

Well, if there’s one thing Nina R. Blakeman, author of Envy Rots the Bones does well, it’s knowing how to combine all the key elements needed for a psychological thriller. Blakeman has tossed everything into this witch’s cauldron: evil mothers, messed up sons and twisted daughters; blood, guts and gore; drugs and satanic rituals with goats and humans on dark nights deep in the woods…more than enough to make readers leery of turning out the light after they bookmark a page in Envy Rots the Bones.

Meet Emma and Ella, twins so different that you wonder how they were born of the same mother, Annette Dolce, a slut who liked carving out people’s innards. Emma, the sexy and loose kid on the school block, and their half-brother, Tito, are as evil as Annette was. Yes, past tense: Annette was secretly and justifiably knocked off by Faye Davis, wife of the twins’ father, Todd, before Envy Rots the Bones opens. Ella, like Faye and her dad, is sweet and gentle, the total opposite of Emma. But it’s Ella who gets herself knocked up in her desire to be as popular as Emma. Readers see envy rotting bones in chapter after chapter, and the pervasive sense of something putrid in the town of Evansville dominates this suspenseful thriller from start to finish.

Thankfully, there are good people in Envy Rots the Bones, though at times one sees why someone once said, “nice guys always finish last.” Todd, Faye, Ella and Margaret Carson, who takes Ella under her wing while she’s pregnant, are all nice guys. But Emma and her warped teenage cohorts do their best to bring them all down. Does Emma succeed? The old good versus evil theme keeps readers turning pages to the very end to find out. Blakeman also goes into a lot of detail with chemical formulae and medical terminology that might have some readers skipping pages. Fortunately, she doesn’t do it so much that readers lose interest altogether…not possible, really since Envy Rots the Bones is one engrossing read.

Benjamin Ookami

Twisted and brilliant, Envy Rots the Bones is the follow-up novel to Nina Blakeman’s The Blow-up Man. 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 set on giving all stepparents out there several nightmares because they simply can’t read this book and expect to sleep peacefully afterwards.