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Book Review: “Envy” by Gregg Olsen

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I have a penchant for horror / paranormal. When I read about “Envy” ages ago, I was intrigued by both the synopsis and the book cover. When I finished it hours after purchasing it, I was not disappointed. What’s not to love about “Envy”?

The story takes place in Port Gamble, Washington. The sudden death of fifteen year-old Katelyn shakes the community into uneasy, upsetting, and confusing state. Katelyn’s may have been ruled out by the local coroner as an accidental death, but Katelyn’s childhood best friends, twin sisters Taylor and Hayley Ryan, know better. They know better because they have a gift that was kept secret from everyone, including their parents. The more they investigate, the more sinister things they uncover about their neighbors. Port Gamble and its residents are not what they appear to be, and Taylor and Hayley are finding that out in hard and harsh ways.

I could not (did not want to) put the book down. The setting was perfect; I loved that it was a place filled with historic pieces, the houses included. How cool is that? Make no mistake, though: The writing has a sort of dark and heavy feel to it, all throughout. Given the story, I think that’s all right. Another aspect that kept me hooked was the characters. It seems that nearly everyone in Port Gamble has a lot to hide and in this first book, we get to catch glimpses and hints on what some of them went through. There is a lot more going on in that picturesque, historic community, that’s for sure. While there are a few scenes that felt dragging, the twists andturns of the story as Taylor and Hayley keep on digging into Katelyn’s death kept me really interested.

I absolutely loved “Envy” and I am thrilled to find out that it’s a series called Empty Coffin. Needless to say, I am thinking of getting its second book, “Betrayal.” If you like paranormal horror, then this book is worth checking out. While it’s not really creepy or scary, it does a good job of portraying mysterious and unsettling characters.

Envy Book Cover Envy
Empty Coffin
Gregg Olsen
YA Paranormal
Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback

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.