By Gregg Olsen
Published by Splinter
Published on September 4, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Summary taken from Goodreads:
In this action-packed thriller sequel to Envy, foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is stabbed to death after a party--and the prime suspect is her best friend. As twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan get pulled into the aftermath of this Amanda Knox-like crime, they realize nothing is what it seems. Could it be betrayal of the ultimate kind?
Betrayal features real-life crime-solving techniques, heart-stopping suspense, plenty of red herrings, hard-hitting ethical questions, and information about the Amanda Knox case that inspired the novel. As the crime unravels, so does the twins' past…and they must face off against a family member who may unexpectedly have carried out the worst betrayal of all.
One reason I kept reading this was because of the plot and characters being a bit different than what is out there currently for YA readers. Firstly, there's barely any romance (a breath of fresh air) and there aren't too many true crime YA writers.
I found the characters interesting and realistic, mystery engaging filled with just enough suspense to keep me guessing "who done it" (I was right) as well as side stories that kept the plot multi-leveled. I was quite interested in finding out how everything would come together. My particular favorite character is Annie; I like how Olsen gives her emotions and makes her real, more than simply a detective.
Perhaps it was reading the book all in one sitting with drooping eyes from exhaustion, but I feel like I missed something. Firstly, what ever did happen to Savannah? Is the reader to put together all the pieces and figure out what happened with her? Also, I don't feel like the mystery of the bridge worker was finished. Lastly, going with the main plot of the story, the motive for Olivia's murder was, well, lame. Thinking about it later, it simply didn't add up. I think Olsen tried to build the reader up to expect that sort of thing from the murderer, but really? Without giving any spoilers, I think Olsen dropped the ball when putting the finishing touches on what was a well-crafted story up until the end. Perhaps some of the mystery behind the twins will be revealed in the next book, but while the twists and layered plots of the story were strengths in the beginning, they turned out to be weaknesses by the end.
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