Envy (Empty Coffin, #1) by Gregg Olsen

Book Title: Envy
Author: Gregg Olsen
Series: Empty Coffin
Genre: YA, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, Thriller, Fiction, Crime.

Date Read: 27/08/2016
Pub Date: 23/08/2011

**This review contains spoilers!!**

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 picked up this book because of the cover, the cover is creepy and dark, all the things I love in a book. It was not a horror. And although I was deeply depressed with the fact that the story did not match the cover at all, I kept reading.

This book at best is a who-dunnit mystery with some paranormal activity, I can not call it a thriller and there was very little suspense. The story line was okay, psychic twins looking for the person who killed their old best friend and saving their own butts along the way.

There were parts of the book that didn’t make sense, such as why was Shania okay with murdering someone, what promise did she make to the twins mum? Who was Moira working for? Just a few of the questions left unanswered lol.

The main thing that irritated me through the book was: 1. Who takes a damn coffee machine into the bathroom and then leaves it close enough to the bath that it can fall in. And 2. Why didn’t Teagan knock on the bathroom door and who even names a boy Teagan, is it an American thing? Teagan here in Australia is a girls name.

The Author has noted that the story line of Envy has taken some “cues” from a famous case involving the suicide of a young girl. The young girls frinds and mother had taken to cyber bullying her via MySpace after a falling out between the girls.
At the beginning and throughout you learn of a falling out between two girls and it is hinted that there was some online bullying happening.

“And finally, not far away, one person got online and started deleting the contents of a file folder marked KATELYN.”

However the cyber bullying conducted by Katelyn’s friend and mother is only really mentioned in the last few chapters and is overshadowed by the ‘killer’ coming forward.
I believe that the cyber bullying would have been a great baseline for the story, if it had actually focused on it, and a believable reason for the death of Katelyn. Not because of an accidental electrocution from a coffee maker. 😐


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