Envy (Empty Coffin #1)
by Gregg Olsen
Published by Splinter
Published on August 2011

Summary taken from Goodreads:

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.

Let me start by saying that this was unlike any YA book I have read. It was obvious that this author has written true crime novels before, because it has the feeling of a true crime novel.  I didn't expect to like this book (I am not a fan of mysteries or cop shows)- and I am sure at this point you are saying "Well then WHY did you read it?"  I picked it up because Haley over at YA-Aholic gave it a great review- and I know she has good taste when it comes to books.  She was right- this was a great book!

This book reads like an episode of CSI or Bones (or another of the mystery TV shows).  The story focuses on a set of twins (who may have some extra powers going on) as they try to solve the mystery surrounding a friend's death.  The author has woven a very intricate mystery in this novel.  Every time I thought I had the entire ending figured out- something would happen in the plot to completely confound me.  This wasn't as dark of a book as I expected either.  The cover fooled me into thinking that this would be some sort of Stephen King horror novel- it was nothing at all like that.  In fact, I am quite the pansy and I wasn't scared at all!

This book really deals with bullying and especially cyber bullying.  I thought this would be such a great book for teens to read that I gave my copy to my sister who teaches teens.  She is planning on using it with a bullying unit in her classroom. 


  1. Wow. The topic of cyber-bullying has been int he headlines a lot, especially with teens being harassed to the point of taking their own lives. I would have to give this book a moment before trying to grab a hold of it and taking it on. As much as I love CSI and Bones...they are displays on a screen. When I read, my imagination can get pretty wild.

  2. my first ever review of it i read
    tnx 4 reviewing
    and i <3 Bones
    i hope i can get this soon
    tnx 4 sharing your thoughts

  3. I agree it does feel like a true crime novel. It was a great read, and from your review I can tell you enjoyed it as well! :D

  4. Coranne and Mandi, thanks so much for making my day by liking Envy!


  5. I LOVE crime fiction books so this sounds like it's right up my alley! I'm going to have to check it out, definitely.

    Nerd Girls at Books to the Sky

  6. I've seen this book before, I might pick it up not sure yet, it really is a weird type of YA from the summery I've read.
    Good review thank you!

  7. I'm with you that I am not a huge fan of crime/cop shows. This definitely does sound like an unlikely YA book. I have seen this book around the book blog world but not much. I will say the cover does catch your attention. I've never really read any crime fiction books - not really my thing. But I think I might have to give this one a chance after reading your review :)

  8. I actually enjoy shows like CSI, Bones, Criminal Minds, etc., but I don't read a lot of books like that. However, when I heard about Envy, I was very interested in reading it. It sounds really good. Thank you for the review!


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