It all begins with the death of a fifteen year old girl named Katelyn. A girl who was indeed emotionally troubled but not believed to be suicidal. A girl who may have been having a hard time in her life. Her death…seems accidental or even a possible suicide but a select few think not. Twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan “feel” something is not right and for them that’s a big deal. You see the sisters are special. Everyone thinks so- they are at least the chosen ones from when years before they and Kateyln were the only children to survive a horrific accident. But beyond that they “see” more than most people around them and they are determined to find out the truth about Kathelyn’s death no matter what it takes.
In a story that is literally torn right from the nightly news, Gregg Olsen has presented us with a tale that is part thriller, part mystery with a smattering of real-life and a dash of the paranormal. It’s setting Port Gamble, Washington also known as “Empty Coffin” has it’s own spook factor to boot with a past of paranormal and spooky proportions. In the end the book is a bit chilling and odd. There is a definite creep factor at work here. At times it can be predictable but the twists and turns along with a surprise ending make it all worth it in the end.
From the very first few pages and the cover I really wanted to love this book. I wanted to dive right in and not surface until finished but I found for me that was not the case. The book jumps around a lot especially in the beginning with differing characters and time frames…it takes awhile for one to get their bearings about the story. I found myself having to take breaks and then come back and re-orient myself to the storyline. However once the story gets rolling it really takes off and you find yourself eager for the next page. Add in a long list of supporting characters that are well developed and presented along with sub-plots that work into the story seamlessly and you have a book that I think will do really well with the young adult audience.
Envy is scheduled to be the first of six books in the Empty Coffin series. I assume this means each book will be placed in Port Gamble, Washington so it will be interesting to see how the author continues on with this cast of characters. Hopefully each story will reman as fresh as this one was.
You can watch the book trailer and read more about the book at Gregg Olsen’s website.