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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 27.94mm | 725.75g
  • Splinter
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • b/w colour throughout
  • 1402789572
  • 9781402789571
  • 900,349

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Praise for Gregg Olsen:
"Olsen will have you on the edge of your seat."--Lee Child
"Searing and brilliant." -- Ann Rule
"Gripping...Olsen is a top notch writer." -- Michael Connelly
"Olsen...brings complex mystery and crackling authenticity to bear on a cold case police procedural.... his bizarre, many-layered mystery will keep fans of crime fiction hooked." --"Publishers Weekly" (for his novel, "A Wicked Snow")
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About Gregg Olsen

Gregg Olsen is a "New York Times" bestselling and award-winning author whose books have sold over one million copies. Olsen's books have been translated into multiple languages, and he has been interviewed on various TV programs. For more info, see: greggolsen.com
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"Envy" was such a fascinating read that I read it in almost a day. The plot was very well developed and only bits and pieces of the mystery were revealed so it really felt like I was figuring out this mystery right along with the two heroines Hayley and Taylor. It wasn't only just one mystery eitherm the death of Katelyn opened up a whole can of worms in this small town. There is also a bit of a surprise ending as well. The relationships in this tory played a big part in not only solving the mystery, but making this story come to life. Taylor and Hayley's relationship with each other was one of my favorite parts of this book. They may be twins, but they have completely opposite personalities that I believe makes them such good sisters because they complement each other. Their bond goes way deeper than just being tiwns and their interaction with one another was both heartwarming and fascinating. the twins and their journey to find out how their old friend died helped to make this story the thought provoking and thrilling story that it is. For a captivating YA thriller check out the debut novel in Gregg Olsen's Empty Coffin series "Envy"!show more
by katie
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 OVERALL While 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...show more
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