Envy is the second novel in the Seven Deadly Sins series. This author is a master of showing who her characters are through explosive imagery and powerful dialogue. Well-placed flashbacks reveal Keisha’s festering wounds; wounds even her loving mother cannot detect. Envy is a riveting unmasking of how envy manifests itself in the flesh, hell-bent on destroying the lives of anyone who has what it wants. Ultimately, it takes someone with the writing prowess of Murray to maintain the intensity, interest and intimacy of this novel.
Gabrielle is enjoying a tremendously blessed life in California, save for the death of her mother some years ago. The PR firm she owns with her best friend is flourishing with celebrity clients. Gabrielle adores her father, Elijah, so when he confesses he might have a daughter from an affair years earlier, she’s initially stunned. Shock turns to excitement and determination to find her sister. In Arkansas, her little sister, Keisha, is struggling. Her mother, the town whore, succumbs to her sickness without ever knowing that Keisha has known the identity of her father and his successful daughter, Gabrielle, for years. Keisha wants the life Gabrielle has. Her envy is so naked, only someone love blind or riddled with guilt couldn’t see into her calculating heart. (TOUCHSTONE, Jun., 352 pp., $15.00)