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The Empty Coffin, #1

I checked out Envy, by Gregg Olsen, on a whim. Not the biggest fan of crime thrillers, but definitely wanting to read more on the genre, I was intrigued when I found this book in the YA (Young Adult) category. The cover, alone, sold me. It fits right in with the younger readers, yet still holds a great appeal to mystery/crime novel lovers.

The first few chapters were very slow and confusing for me. My heart broke by page six and I honestly found it hard to get through the next fifteen or so pages. I did, of course, and found I enjoyed this novel.

What readers, and most of the book characters, believe to have been a suicide, turns out to be a crime. To what degree, to what character involvement, and to what extent the readers are allowed in was completely in the hands of Olsen. He craftily kept dark secrets hidden, yet allowed the readers snippets that moved the plot along.

I'm purposefully being vague in my review because the Clue-like aspect of Envy is a lot of fun. With creepy twists and turns, Envy is a VERY believable novel. What happens within these pages can happen to anyone; well maybe not ALL of this book, but a lot of it can and does happen in real life.

I may have (meaning I absolutely did) shivered a few times while I turned the pages, but I loved it. Readers of creeptastic books will highly enjoy this one.

Envy is book one in a series, so it does leave readers hanging. Be on the lookout for book two!

Book Blurb for Envy

Murder is such a dirty word…

New York Times bestselling adult true crime author Gregg Olsen makes his YA debut with EMPTY COFFIN, a gripping new fiction series for teens based on ripped-from-the-headlines stories…with a paranormal touch.

Crime lives--and dies--in the deceptively picture-perfect town of Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington. Evil lurks and strange things happen--and 15-year-olds Hayley and Taylor Ryan secretly use their wits and their telepathic “twin-sense” to uncover the truth about the town's victims and culprits.

Envy, the series debut, involves the mysterious death of the twins' old friend, Katelyn. Was it murder? Suicide? An accident? Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out--and as they investigate, they stumble upon a dark truth that is far more disturbing than they ever could have imagined.

Based on the shocking true crime about cyber-bullying, Envy will take you to the edge--and push you right over.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2011 3.50