Envy (An Empty Coffin Novel, 1)

Envy (An Empty Coffin Novel, 1)

by Gregg Olsen

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151176484
Publisher: Crime Rant Books
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,108,706
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall St. Journal bestselling author GREGG OLSEN has written over twenty books. He has received numerous awards and much critical acclaim for his fiction and nonfiction. He’s been a guest on Good Morning, America; Dateline; CBS Early Show; Entertainment Tonight; CNN; Fox News; 48 Hours; and other national and international TV programs. The Seattle native and his wife live in rural Washington State, where he’s now at work on his next thriller.

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Envy (Empty Coffin Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Olsen has a fantastic writing style: faced paced with all the right twists. I can't wait to read his next book.
Jellybean52 More than 1 year ago
I thought this would be a good read for my family vacation to Hawaii -- I planned on reading it at the beach or pool side, but I finished it before I even arrived. The twists and turns keep me interested (even enough to skip the in-flight movie). I just had to figure out what happened to Katelynn and more about the twins special power. This book is so much more believeable (yet still enjoyable) than today's teen vampire fantasy books. I'll totally be telling my friends to ready ENVY!
XtremeReaderJS More than 1 year ago
Port Gamble, Washington is not your average scenic small town. Bad things happen there. Behind the historic homes and beautiful beaches there is evil, and the first thing one learns is that evil never takes a holiday. Things were not going well for Katelynn Berkley. She was depressed and lonely, shutting herself off from everyone who once cared about her. Former friends Taylor and Hayley Ryan knew that Katelynn needed help, yet they had a difficult time accepting that Katelynn's unexpected Christmas evening demise was actually a suicide. First there was the manner in which Katelynn supposedly used to kill herself, an espresso machine in the bathtub. Next, were the cryptic messages they were sure Katelynn was sending them from beyond the grave. Messages they felt would unlock the mystery behind Katelynn's untimely death. As twins, Taylor and Hayley share a psychic connection beyond the boundaries of normal sibling relationships. They have kept the extent of their connection a secret from everyone except each other. How would anyone else be able to understand that they can catch glimpses of the past and future and possibly receive messages from the dead? Their gift has been something that they never gave much thought to until the death of their former friend. Taylor and Hayley want to know the truth behind Katelynn's death and agree to use their abilities in solving what they come to believe is her murder. The idea of psychic twins might seem a little far-fetched, but Gregg Olsen does a masterful job of creating a subtly to their messages that makes the storyline completely believable. The messages Taylor and Hayley receive are little more than feelings and glimpses they get when they come into contact with something that belonged to Katelynn. These bits of information are what help to propel them in their quest to discover the truth about Katelynn's death. The cast of characters who reside in Port Gamble are brilliant. Every family has a secret they wish to keep hidden. This not only adds to the creepy factor of the story, but also sets up numerous plotlines for future installments. One of my favorite characters was Starla Larsen. Her name alone is genius. What better name than Starla for a girl who feels that she is better than everyone around her and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Starla is the proverbial "mean girl" in the story and she plays the part well. A villain the reader will relish to learn more about. One of the things that make Envy an engrossing story is the way in which Gregg Olsen weaves fact with fiction throughout the book. While Port Gamble and its residents are his own creation the plot is loosely based on the true story of Megan Meier. Megan was thirteen years old when she committed suicide after being horrifically cyber bullied. Her case brought attention to the cruelty that can be perpetuated by both teens and adults through the various social media outlets many of us innocently enjoy. By using what he knows best, true crime, Olsen creates a story that keeps the reader captivated until the very end. Some of the plot choices he makes are extremely bold and refreshing in that he chose not to soften the events of his story just because it is being written for a young adult audience. There are more than a few OMG moments throughout Envy!
adm912 More than 1 year ago
While I'm not reviewing the cover, I must say it's STUNNING. It has a lovely creepy vibe that fits the book well. The colors are gorgeous. This is one of my favorite covers this year. The writing and story line kept me held in place wanting to know more, this book worked it's magic on me - it's simply addictive. The writing itself is a bit different than the average YA book. Gregg Olsen is a originally a crime author and this was his first foray into the young adult world. So it has the feel and writing style of a crime novel, yet in this case, it works wonderfully. The story line hits on a true crime that I had followed, because it horrified me when I first heard about it. I won't tell you which crime specifically, because that would be a spoiler but it involves cyber-bullying. While it does focus a lot on the crime aspect, there is a bit of a paranormal twist that makes Envy fresh and unique.Envy opens with Katelyn, she is such a moving character for me. Mind you, she's dies right away, so she's not exactly an active character, but she is a very important one. As the story unfolds to tell the reader what happened to her, I felt more and more drawn to her. Hayley and Taylor are twins and used to be friends with Katelyn. The paranormal twist I mentioned? They have a special power, this enables them to be able to investigate what they feel was a murder much easier than if they didn't have one. They were interesting as main characters, and I was happy that despite their differences with Katelyn that they did investigate the crime. It's pretty obvious I loved this book! While it's going to appeal more to crime or mystery lovers, it definitely has potential to entice readers of horror (or at least creepy ones) and paranormal books as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I definitely can't wait to read the next one.
TeamBella More than 1 year ago
I can already tell I've found my new favorite series! I read it cover to cover last weekend and can't wait to see what happens next to these special supernatural twins. The story begins with their neighbor and former best friend's mysterious death -- she's found in her bath tub cozied up to a plugged in espresso machine (a rather unusual death). It is unclear whether she killed herself or if somebody was involved in her untimely death. The twins next door (Hayley and Taylor Ryan) work to uncover the truth using their detective skills -- passed down from their true crime author father -- and their intuition or some might say "paranormal abilities". What did they find out? You'll have to read the book to know the truth.
octorarafieldhockey More than 1 year ago
A perfect girl, well at least her parents thought that. Katelyn was a 15 year old girl who lived in Port Gamble. She gets pushed around and thrown into lockers. One day her dad went to go check on the shop and her mother went upstairs to find her coffee maker and when she passed the bathroom there was a cool breeze. She walked in and realized that Katie was in there. She was in the bath tub she was limped over. Her mom had fallen and had hurt herself. She pulled herself up to the bathtub and saw her. She started screaming at Kate repeatedly. The 15 year old Katelyn was dead. It was all over in seconds. I really recommend this book because it is a true life story about a 15 year old girl. And if you like true life stories like I do you will enjoy it.
Joe_Newbie More than 1 year ago
The book is good, not great. I thought that it was well written and kept me interested enough that I will read the second book. Although it is short (270 pages), it dragged a bit at times.
goldensolarangel More than 1 year ago
Envy has such a unique and creative story line - twins with supernatural powers! You can't help but love the girls and their family and friends... you almost want to move into the neighborhood in charming Port Gamble, Washington but watch out! Gregg Olsen's talent is so impressive in this diverse new series of books geared for YAs. I can't wait for the next book .... 'might have to read this one again soon!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Writers have been writing some amazing stories. I love it when an author takes a real life story and changes it into something completely new! I love IT! So many new stories with a whole new twist. And this story has a twist like no other... I loved the mystery in this book. I like a good mystery that not only keeps me on my toes but also searching for clues. As the reader, you are taken on this great reading adventure in search for what really happened to Katelyn. As the story unfolded, I am amazing at the great writing that has pulled in and drown me. The characters of this book are not what I expected. We have twins Haley and Taylor that uncover not one but two mysteries in the making. I want to be these twins BFF's. They searched, ask questions, even their wittiness had me snickering and in awe of what they are capable of doing. I also like how close knit the families were. Haley/Taylor had wonderful parents and very supportive. I like the small town talk of the other families. it made the story much more juicier. One thing I adore about this book are the point of view switches. I like how they didn't confused the reader, but enhance the book. The reader got to see from all point of views and was able to peace together the great mystery of the story. Envy is a great mystery story like I have never read before! Totally amazing and thought provoking, Envy is what you want to read!
AndreaSchillaci More than 1 year ago
Very well written, keeps you on the edge of your chair for the next twist and turn of the story. I can't put it down....
jgoehl More than 1 year ago
A new release by Gregg Olsen?? Of course I was excited!I have read and reviewed two of his books and I LOVED them! Then I read that it was a YA book...ok you have my attention, but can Gregg Olsen, master of suspense and horror, and that "I'm scared to look behind me in the dark" pull that off? Yes, I believe he can. Simply put I really really REALLY enjoyed this book. I had read a few negative reviews but after seeing the cover that was not going to deter me. How can you look at that cover and NOT be intrigued? Please don't go into this expecting Gregg's "adult" horror/thriller style of writing because that is not what you will get. It is Young Adult...it's is written in Young Adult style. I, being a 33 year old adult enjoy reading a good YA book and here it is. Here's what I thought... the writing and story line is exceptional, it took me back to my teen years when you didn't want to be different and wanted to be part of the "in" crowd (see there's my age coming in, it's not called the "in" crowd anymore lol), wanted people to understand you and like you. the characters are well developed...the miss understood teen found dead in her bathtub, the beautiful "she's going to go somewhere in life" and everyone wants to be her neighbor, the jock (with a passion for computers), the twin's with a kind of "sixth sense", the every week is a different fad best friend. Then there are the parents. A drunk of a mother who has to bury her daughter and a father that works too much to avoid the drunk wife, a "I deserve it all" hairdresser mother whose husband went M.I.A. (which I hope to find out more about as the series continues), a mom so scared to leave the house and drive, and a widowed mother who the death of her first born was too much for her husband to take and ended up floating in the water. All involved were part of a horrific accident when the kids were very very young and have been dealing with their grief and anger in their own ways. What else I loved about this book is how you were kept holding on by a string as the author released little tidbits here and there of background story and as you read further on, things were explained and start making sense. The most important part is the attention to cyber bullying and it's consequences this story brings. This story was based in part on a true story of Megan Meier who was cyber bullied by a friends mother and that the bullying was her reason for suicide. Social networks have opened a whole new doorway to bullying others and is a huge problem. Teens have enough on their plate as it is with every day life. Easy read, enjoyable read. I think Gregg is onto something great here with this series, with not only a great story line but with a background message too. Expect book two, Betrayal, in the Fall of 2012. I did read the preview at the end of Envy and I'm not sure how I will be able to wait that long! Please visit www (dot) emptycoffinseries (dot) com for more information on the book, the series, a countdown to release clock, trailer, and information on cyber bullying and much much more.
MrsMich02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good balance of his regular crime novel writing and YA appeal. Next story in the series bound to be just as good.
Books_n_Things on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was quite interested in reading this book. Taking a few very important problems in today's society like cyber-bullying and suicide and adding a paranormal edge to the whole thing. While you did get some aspects of those problems, taken right from the headlines, it didn't quite work for me.I enjoyed the characters of Katelyn and the twins, Hayley and Taylor. In fact, I'd have to say I enjoyed all the characters even if they were the "good" guys or the "bad". The author was able to portray characters with more than one side to a personality. One where often the "bad" guys had problems within their lives and a rounded out view as to why they acted the way they did. I also enjoyed the unfolding of Katelyn's life and Hayley and Taylor. The twins who were born to solve problems with a psychic gift between them were the most interesting and who I believe the next stories in this series will revolve around.So, have I now left you scratching your head as to why I said it didn't work for me? Well... it was the story. It was several stories all jumbled together. Yes, they all have a connection as they all live in the same town, but it was as if we are pulled in several different directions trying to find out what the real mystery is that we are supposed to care about. The main story was elusive and yet seemed to be everything at once. It felt as though this book either needed to be several short stories, or at least let one of the mysteries take the lead. It just didn't work. Even what we thought would be the main story was reduced in the end to something of lesser importance. This was a chance to make a huge statement and I don't think it was achieved here.I give this book 2 stars. It wasn't bad at all, but lacked direction. I might pick up another book in this series as they are published. I've seen books like this get a direction and then the stories rock. I'm hoping that this will go that way. The ideas were good, so there is potential.
megtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I did like Envy by Gregg Olsen. However, I did have a hard time keeping up with all the different characters, as the narrator hopped between them fairly often. I also liked and disliked the omniscient narrator. I like that it knew all that was going on, but disliked how impersonal it felt. I am a sucker for first-person narratives. The story itself was interesting and mostly flowed well. I got hung up a few times, but not enough to make me put the book down. I have some avid mystery reading teens, so I will be passing along my personal copy as well as ordering it for my branch.
HarkiQuinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a stunning novel that interlaces a serious topic such a cyber bullying with great character background and a good amount of paranormal elements. Even the layout of the book was noteworthy!Katelyn Berkley is found dead in her bathtub Christmas night. An espresso machine was found next to her in the tub. Everyone has written this off as accidental and some are whispering that it is a suicide because Katelyn was "kind of messed up." Taylor and Hayley, two twin girls with a unique gift don't believe that it was suicide, they're sure that Katelyn was murdered. They rely on their special gift to piece together moments in Katelyn's past and try to stop a family secret from going public. Gregg Olsen is a wonderful storyteller. I've read books that are written from the first person perspective, there is sometimes the occasional alternating point of view between two people, but Olsen explores all of the key characters. Not only was it engaging, the writing style made sure that every character had his or her own proper voice. While it seems that the focus of this novel is the two twins, it's obvious that Katelyn Berkly is the true main character. Every action, every memory is somehow related to Katelyn or her grieving family. The paranormal elements of the novel really kept the story interesting, especially in the end when some information is revealed. The backbone of this story deals with the very serious topic of cyberbullying. This novel was actually based on the terrible tragedy that happened a few years back to a Missouri teen. Also, Olsen uses different fonts and symbols throughout the book. There was a scene where the twins were decoding a message with scrabble cubes, the author actually used a font that resembled scrabbled blocks. Everything about the book format was just fun!This was a great and intriguing novel. The constant change of perspective and the constant flipping back and forth between the past and present made this novel a very enjoyable novel with a very mature theme. Although I really appreciate that Olsen brought this real-life tragedy to surface with his novel, I can't wait to read to read something that is 100% Olsen's story. I recommend this novel for mystery lovers and those interested in social issuse!
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is just not a book for me. I picked it up a few month ago and couldn't get into it. Decided to give it another try tonight. After about 30 pages I had to give up. My main issue was the multitude of characters being thrown at me without a proper introduction. I couldn't connect and it left me bored. I felt like I was expected to all ready know each of them and their stories. It had me checking my copy for missing pages. The differing POV, and careless switch between each character, was enough to make me dizzyI also wasn't a fan of the dialogue. I know this author also writes adult fiction and personally it was reading more like an adult novel littered with random incoherent teen texting and Facebook updates. Keep in mind I didn't finish this novel. This is just a review of the first 30 pages and why I opted to add Envy to the DNF shelf. Bottom line: This book stressed me out and not in a good way.
alaiel.kreuz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Katelyn is dead. It's Christmas night and her mom is the one who discovers her. What happened with her? Did she killed herself? Was it an accident? Did someone murdered her?... In a small town like Port Gamble these where the questions everybody asked.But Katelyn was a troubled girl and almost everyone knew she used to cut her wrists because, in her own words, it was the only thing that made her feel in control. That's why her death was labeled as "accident", specially since she was found with a mini espresso machine inside the tube with her dead body. And of course everybody believed it.Except for Taylor and Hayley, two twins that used to be friends with Katelyn and who happened to "know" somehow that this was no accident and they made a silent promise to discover Katelyn's murderer.How did they now it was no accident? They both, since they were children, had this ability to see or feel the past and sometimes the future. And a very persistent reporter wanted to used Katelyn's death to write a big story about the twins and a tragic accident that had happened a few years ago.In a more personal note my opinion about this book is complicated. Although I enjoyed it I didn't love it. The end of the first chapters really annoyed me... the way the author finished them, splitting phrases to try to build some tension just didn't work for me. But then the book really improved and I had a good time with it.The fact that this book is based in a real story was and still is very appealing to me and a good thing was that I never read any news about what really happened so no spoilers for me :D Am I going to read the second book? Sure! Why? I just told you, I enjoyed the book and I'm sure the sequel will be interesting too.
allureofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a lot of true crime novels (or novels based off of true crimes, anyway). This was definitely my first that calls under the YA genre. It was easy to become intrigued with the story from the very beginning and I found the characters dynamic and worth following. The way things played out was even more chilling knowing that some version of the events actually occurred. I am definitely planning on reading more of Gregg Olsen.
absconditas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First I want to say, I saw the immediate "similarities" with Twilight but thank the lord, the author didn't disappoint and stay with the knock-off thought flow. It is almost like he was using the similarities to make fun of Twilight, which made me like this book a little bit more. I am not a Twilight fan. This had me absolutely shaken to the core. Centered around online bullying, this story is loosely based upon the Megan Meier case and seemed to depict high school kids with a startling realness. All in all, a good book.
LauraMoore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely not what I imagined it would be when I read the synopsis, but thats definitely not a bad thing. I found out from a fellow blogger while reading this book that Gregg Olsen based this story loosely on an actualy cyber-bullying case, which I found extremely interesting, and think that bullying in general is an important topic esp. for young adults, as suicides are prevelant amoungst bullying victims. Katelyn, a young high school student was found by her mother on Christmas Day dead in her bathtub, but was it a suicide, a murder, or something else sininster in nature?? Twins Taylor and Haley Ryan try to solve the mystery of their once close friends death, but find deeper, darker secrets hidden as well in the mix. The construction of this book itself is amazing, in fact the second I saw it in person I immediately knew that I needed it in my collection. The pages are crisp white, and the end pages are full of scrabble pieces. The book overall is just extremely well-made and the cover is so creeptastic! I love it. Gregg Olsen writes a creeptastic and fast paced novel, I read this right around Halloween and it was the perfect book. I'm so happy that this is going to be part of a series and I cannot wait to read more in the Empty Coffin Novels.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I believe envy may not be the first in YA suspense ¿ but it reminds me more strongly of its adult version (similar to how The Season takes the historical romance genre and makes it more youthful). It reminds me of cryer's cross with a similar creepy factor to it. Yet I feel that the difference between them is that cryer's cross had a more supernatural ending and envy simply relies on more realistic events that can actually happen to anyone.THE GOOD BITS{YA version of adult suspense.} I don¿t read much suspense, especially after a few all-nighters with Patricia Cornwell¿s Kay Scarpetta vs serial killers. Nothing defines the suspense genre better than the reader¿s growing sense of dread as the pages turn, and envy definitely channels this necessary reaction! With creepy interludes of an unknown villain, I braced myself for a horror that defies imagination that reveals whose sick mind was behind Katelyn¿s death.{Inspired by real tragedies relating to cyber-bullying.} Gregg Olson incorporates cyber-bullying into envy ¿ and the result of it simply horrifies me to no end. The Internet has such a wonderful function, but when used for evil intentions, it can be a powerful weapon for bullying. envy makes me wonder how exactly we can stop such violence when it isn¿t even very tangible ¿ how does one de-program the tech-savvy bullies and make them feel the consequences of their actions?{Unexpected twist with unpredictable ending.} The ending of envy took me completely by surprise ¿ and it definitely will leave readers wondering just where Gregg Olson wants to take this series. Katelyn¿s death seemed so straightforward at first in the beginning, but the Ryan twins suspect foul play with their uncanny sixth sense. As more players enter the field to look into Katelyn¿s death whether to uncover the truth or reap the benefits of bad news, I was not even close to piecing the whodunit together.THE BAD BITS{Too many characters in the kitchen.} Throwing different people into the mix helps to keep the suspense building. I wonder who will finally discover the truth, who will hinder the investigation, who was behind the crime., who suffers, who simply doesn¿t care ¿ and it keeps me on my toes. However, I thought some of the characters were a little distracting as they served not the immediate story of Katelyn¿s death, but existed for the overall series storyline. It works for TV series like LOST or VERONICA MARS where each episode was a mini-mystery with hints of the finale, but in envy I found it a little distracting.{Misleading cover?} Is it just me, or does the cover remind anyone else of the girl from THE RING? Very creepy ¿ too creepy in fact for a book with no ghostlies or other bumps in the night. I don¿t think I would have picked envy up if I had realized it was suspense.{Twin ¿specialness¿ not fully developed. } I suspect that the Ryan twins will be the stars of the EMPTY COFFIN SERIES, and envy is merely the tip of the iceberg as to what exactly these twins can or cannot do. I am not entirely convinced that this ¿specialness¿ works for the series yet. I wish also that the twins stood out from each other more because they are still ¿Hay-Tay¿ to me and not as individual as say Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield.THE OVERALLWhile the EMPTY COFFIN SERIES may promise to be different from current YA books, I cannot say that envy left me with a definite sense of ¿AHA! This is what YA is missing from its shelves!¿ It was a decent suspense, but nothing that blew my socks off. It will be interesting to see if Book 2 will deliver a more potent reaction¿
Candacemom2two on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh ack, this is one of those difficult reviews to write. Because I was half and half about this book. I really didn't care for the first half of the book. I was kind of bored to death. The style of the writing and the POV's wasn't grabbing me, I wasn't growing attached to any characters and I really wasn't even caring too much about the story and the mystery like I should have been. I forced myself to continue reading and about halfway it started getting easier and the mystery became more important to me as more details were revealed. But it wasn't until the last quarter of the book that I could sit down and read straight through and actually not want to put the book down and really was desperate for answers. I was finally feeling a little more attached to the twins in the story, Hailey and Taylor and their own secrets (or secrets about them) outside of Katelyns death. So I would say that the last half and especially the last quarter of the book pushed this up to three stars for me. I also liked the more contemporary issues like the cyber bullying and the realistic parts of the issues the characters had and had to work through.Now, I know lots of people loved this book so I want to make sure you understand what it was that bothered me. I didn't care for the style of writing. It just wasn't for me. It wasn't that it was bad, it just wasn't something I was feeling, that I connected with, that compelled me to keep reading. It was a third person style and jumped around to the different people. From the twins, to the different mothers, a couple of friends, and even a reporter. I think maybe seeing all the different thoughts was suppose to maybe add to the mystery, but it just wasn't really working for me. However, I think fans of mysteries and true crime would enjoy it, just don't go into it expecting to be all creeped out cause it wasn't really all that creepy like I usually imagine a thriller to be. It was just a mystery with a touch of paranormal like stuff (notice I say touch and paranormal-like, it's definitely not a strong paranormal type theme). Once the book picked up, once the pieces started coming together more, I began to feel like I could start making guesses and the book was suddenly much better for me. I started feeling the mystery and felt like I knew who did what, etc. And to be honest, I was actually right. But guessing it correctly didn't ruin the ending in any way. There were many details I hadn't figured out so there was still plenty of surprise. Now this is the first in a series so I wondered where it could go and if it would leave off on a cliffhanger, or what? Well, the book wraps up this mystery but at the end there's a little opener for the next one. And the finished copy I read had the sneak peek of the next book and it was pretty intense. I think I'm actually really wanting to read it. So although this book sent lots of mixed feelings through me I felt like I could say I like it okay when I'd finished, so I'm giving it three stars and I do recommend it to fans of mysteries, true crime and thrillers (light style thrillers ;). This one has loads of positive reviews, so be sure to check them out before you cross this one off your list.
Violeten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually really liked this book. The beginning was a bit slow, and I had some trouble keeping track of characters. I also couldn't tell the intended audience. This story fell a bit short of what I would like, it could have been more creepy and the cliffhanger ending to the side story of the twins threw me off, but it also made me need to read the next one.Kind of like a supernatural Veronica Mars.
JackieBlem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very dark novel, as one would expect from Gregg Olsen. What is unexpected is the fact that this is a young adult novel, the first in the Empty Coffin series. I read it straight through--I couldn't leave the suspense and mystery--it is a VERY complex mystery. This is a true-life inspired book related to cyber-bullying, but Olsen adds some great extras with secrets that have secrets and no small touch of paranormal involved. It all centers around the death of Katelyn, and whether or not it is an accident or a suicide. The twins next door, Hayley and Taylor, were once very good friends of hers, until Katelyn became a loyal follower of cheerleader Starla. Now they are trying to figure out what happened, spirited along by some secrets of their own. This is truly an attention grabbing read--don't start it too late at night...or with the computer on. Wha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!