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Envy (Empty Coffin Novels (Quality)) [Paperback]

Gregg Olsen
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5 Jun 2012 Empty Coffin Novels (Quality) (Book 1)
This new Young Adult fiction series stars Hayley and Taylor Ryan, crime solving (as long as mum doesnt know), butt-kicking (when they have to) and otherwise normal 15 year-old twin girls. Each novel takes place in Port Gamble, WA, otherwise known as Empty Coffin, so dubbed thanks to an old town legend. Each novel in the series is based on a ripped-from-the-headlines news story with fictionalised characters, real crime-solving techniques and a bit of twin senses thrown in. Told in a non-linear narrative that flashes back and forth in time and bit-by-bit revealing a secret past that even Hayley and Taylor dont know about, each novel tells a satisfying true crime inspired tale as well as peeling back another layer of the overall series arc to the reader at the same time that the main characters discover it. A dedicated series website will include exciting bonus extras. Envy, the debut book, centres around a teen bullying situation that ends in death. But is it an accident, or murder? The novel will include a sneak peek at the sequel, as well as a smartphone Tag code on the back cover.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Splinter; Reprint edition (5 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454901802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454901808
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,083,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A New York Times bestselling author, Olsen has written eight nonfiction books, four novels, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News; CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen's Snapped, Court TV's Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E's Biography.

In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People, Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.

The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington's Secretary of State for the book's contribution to Washington state history and culture.

Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).

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"Dark and addictive, "Envy" delivers a frightening look at online anonymity that tears families and a small town apart with tragic consequences...Olsen brings something new to Young Adult suspense in a promising new series." --Jordan Dane, critically acclaimed author of "In the Arms of Stone Angels" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Gregg Olsen is a resident of Olalla, Washington. A New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Olsen has written five novels, eight nonfiction books and a critically-acclaimed short story, with sales of over 1 million copies. Throughout his career, Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people (real or imagined) caught in extraordinary circumstances. His books have been translated around the world. In 2010 alone, Olsen was spotlighted in USA Today, People, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post. A Seattle native, Olsen lives with his wife, a couple of chickens, and two dogs. For more info, see: www.greggolsen.com. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I really wanted to like Envy, it has everything going for it and while I did struggle a bit with the frequent change of POV in the narration, I enjoyed reading about Hayley and Taylor trying to unravel what had happened to Katelyn.

Envy is very detailed; when you add the masses of characters as well it's easy to get lost. Occasionally the writing comes across as very deliberate, creating `atmosphere' but not actually helping the story. I predicted some of the outcome, not all of it, and was quite happy to invest in the next book in the serious until I reached the last few chapters.

My problem with the ending isn't the resolution to Katelyn's mystery but relates to the subplot. The chapter on page 282 ends with "It had to be done". No it did not. There are many other ways this could have ended most of which would not have resulted in me completely losing all respect for the protagonists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy crime 7 Oct 2013
As soon as I saw the cover of Envy by Gregg Olsen I knew that would be a perfect book to read during Halloween. There is only one word to describe the cover and that word is CREEPY. That being said the cover underneath the sleeve is beautiful while still being eerie and I think I loved it even more than the main cover. As soon as I saw the cover of this book I was instantly reminded of my mum. My mum loves crime books, murder books and thriller books, with those genres being pretty much all she will read. Growing up, therefore, I had access to a vast library of crime novels that left me with nightmares long after I had finished reading them. I think that may be why I don't read many crimes books now, but once I saw Envy I felt ready to end up hiding behind my sofa .

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.

I have to begin by saying that I loved the writing in Envy. I can't pinpoint exactly what it was about the writing style that I loved so much all I can say is that every time I thought about putting this book down I literally couldn't. While the plot is intriguing it was really the writing that had me so engrossed.
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The first book in the promising Empty Coffin series, this introduces the Ryan twins. Teen daughters of a true crime writer, with an intriguing backstory and psychic abilities that they guard as a precious secret, Hayley and Taylor are driven to investigate when a neighbour girl is found dead in her bathtub.

I hadn't read any of Gregg Olsen's writing before (this is his first YA novel, but his background is crime fiction and true crime for adults), but I really enjoyed his style and am keen to keep reading this series and to investigate his adult fare. The book has a cinematic feel to it, with scene changes feeling very much like camera cuts. The novel is related in the third person and in the past tense, allowing Gregg Olsen to shift perspectives with ease and to show us what different characters are feeling, as well as offering some of the town's backstory.

The twins as central characters are engaging and sympathetic. As the novel progresses, we learn more of their fascinating history (with, I'm sure, plenty left to come in future instalments) and their abilities. They don't seem to describe themselves as 'psychic' as such, and their gifts are revealed to us gradually, becoming more important as the plot develops.

Plot-wise, there is much here for fans of crime mysteries and thrillers. The novel is tightly-plotted and offers plenty of twists and red herrings. The murder-or-suicide death at the centre is suitably tragic and will give teen readers plenty to think about. Themes of bullying, popularity and the natural life cycle of children's and teens' friendships are at the core of the book, ensuring emotional recognition for all readers.

Overall, I'm absolutely recommending this for lovers of crime fiction, especially if you also enjoy a hint of the supernatural.
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