Thursday, December 8, 2011

Book Review: Envy by: Gregg Olsen

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

My Review: 

ReadingNook Rating: 4 out of 5 stars! 

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.


  1. True crime type novels have never had a very strong appeal for me, but this one sounds really interesting. Great review! :)

    Happy Thursday!
    Jessi @ Reading in the Corner

  2. Did you find out from me that it was about cyber bullying?

  3. probably!!! either you or from the goodreads summary! i can't remember!!