{Book Review} EnvyEnvy by Gregg Olsen
Published by Splinter on 2011
Genres: Computers, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 285
Source: Purchased
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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.

My Thoughts: Gregg Olsen expertly weaves a mystery with a touch of paranormal that keeps you hanging on every word. I have always loved a good mystery and I definitely did not want to put this one down!

“Whoever had done this to Katelyn, whoever had resigned the teenager to a casket the color of a bakery box, was there… among them.” p. 124

When Katelyn is found dead in a bathtub on Christmas day, the twins Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out the truth. Was Katelyn’s death an accident, a suicide or murder? As twins they have an uncanny ability to connect with each other as well as an ability that is even more unique, but they are also sister’s with jealousies and typical sibling issues. Olsen did an excellent job of creating characters that were believable and that I connected with. From the mystery author dad of the twins to the grieving mother and the very hateable Starla, former best friend of Katelyn. Why had Starla abandoned Katelyn as her best friend and did it have something to do with her death? What secrets were people hiding? What was the twins secret?

“No one, certainly no teenager, was normal or felt they were. Everyone wore a kind of mask that keep people from really seing what – or who – was inside. Katelyn did. Starla did. And as she walked to her own back porch, Hayley Ryan knew that she and her sister kept things secret too.” p. 171

The book is based on a true crime and I don’t want to give too much away but if you love a good mystery, I highly recommend this one and I can’t wait for the next one in the series!