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Envy (Empty Coffin #1)

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  2,351 Ratings  ·  504 Reviews
One minute Katelyn's a depressed teen with a loser life. The next, she's lying on a stainless steel slab, eyes glassy, skin frosted over, and very, very dead. Was it suicide? Murder? Who's to blame? Twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan stumble upon the dark truth. Inspired by a ripped-from-the-headlines cyberbullying crime, Envy is the gritty first volume in Empty Coffin, a new bo ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published by Splinter New York (first published August 23rd 2011)
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Amy (Turn the Page)
‘Some of this story is completely true. And some of it isn’t. Like truth, evil comes in all sorts of flavors. Some bitter. Some deceptively sweet. Sometimes it comes with a heavy price. Most people don’t invite evil into their lives. The dirty little secret is that an invitation isn’t necessary. Locked doors don’t matter. Neither do fancy security systems. Evil is kind of amazing when you think about it. She knows how to get inside.’

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My main issue with Envy is that I really didn’t ge

Ore della mia vita perse.
L'ho finito a stento e faccio fatica a ricordare quello che ho letto perché praticamente dormivo.
Non so che dire.

Tra la confusione delle prime pagine ho capito che la ragazza è stata trovata morta nella vasca da bagno dalla madre a causa di un probabile ed ingiustificato suicidio.
Due gemelle vecchie amiche della suicida non credono alla storia che gira così si mettono ad indagare. A parte il fatto che non provano quasi nessun sentimento alla notizia non capisco perché do
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
I was initially drawn to this book by the eerie cover so I really wasn’t too sure what to expect when I started it. Was it going to be scary, the mystery to easy to figure out or just another YA paranormal book? Well I can tell you I was pleasantly surprised with what I got. Envy is a dark, cleverly written mystery with a very real threat.

Envy takes place in Port Gamble, a small town in Washington State, and centers around twin girls Hayley & Taylor. The central plot of the book revolves aro
Jul 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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Asghar Abbas

Alright, this book. OK so yeah, I was all ready to like it, was in the mood for a scary read even if it proves to be generic, which can be lots of brainless fun sometimes, in fact I wanted just that. It certainly looked like it could deliver. It started out creepy and I was liking it, kinda reminded me of The Ring, movie American not the book Japanese, maybe because it was set around Seattle with all the verdant rainyness. It began with a very atmospheric tinge and it was very reminiscent of tha
Aug 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oh-god-why
I am astounded at all the four and five star ratings for this book. I hated this book so much. I found this to be unbearably juvenile. I'm a fan of YA fiction, but this felt like writing geared toward 4th-6th graders with mature content thrown in. Such a mess.

Things I hated:
1. The characters were hollow. They didn't feel real. Their dialogue felt empty and forced for the sake of the "story". They were all very unlikeable.
2. Somebody please tell me teenagers don't text/e-mail like that. The text
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I found out via Daisy Chain Book Reviews that one of my favorite true crime authors was now delving into the world of young adult fiction I was way excited! Who better to weave together true crime, mystery, and paranormal fantasy into a fast paced young adult novel than Gregg Olsen? For years young adult mysteries have languished being replaced with the ever -popular paranormal romance. While these books have had elements of mystery in them they are mainly focused on the romantic entangleme ...more
Annie Brewer
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW, absolutely fantastic!!!!! Review coming soon!

Okay so I was asked to read and review an ARC for the sequel to this book, I blindly said yes. I'd never heard of the author or the books. So I was hoping that I would enjoy this book first so I could enjoy the sequel as well. And low and behold, I was HOOKED!! First off, the author is a male and normally I don't read books written by males. Not that I'm bias against them or anything, but I just haven't come across any I really liked besides "I a
Miko O.
Oct 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
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Sep 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read Olsen's other writing, and I don't read a lot of true crime books, either. However, I do read a lot of YA fiction, and this book just didn't work for me.

I visited Port Gamble earlier this year, and Olsen dropped the ball when it came to setting the scene properly. There's a few asides about the historical property management and how old the houses are, but he never takes the opportunity to give a flat-out description of the town's small scale and quaintness. That's a real shame,
Alyssa Wallace
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot of great things about Envy, first and for most this book really made me think. I thought about the story this book itself tells but also thought about how true this could be. Things like what happen in Envy really do actually happen. Everyday. Aside from his fabulous characters I also enjoyed his writing style. It was the first book of his I have read and am considering his adult novels. I'm still really curious and anxious for the next book, but I have no doubts it will be just ...more
I abandoned this book around 170 pages in. To be fair, it wasn't entirely the book's fault. I currently have way too many books out from the library, so I need to get through books as fast as I can. So if something's not holding my attention, I'm probably not going to finish it.

And this book really didn't hold my attention. This is probably due to the pacing. The mystery was engaging at first, but then the pace slowed to a crawl, and I got bored of it. A lot of the book doesn't consist of the ch
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder is such a dirty word...

Where do I start with this book ? Should I start with that it kept me up late hours of the night? That it kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end ? That it gave me some of the biggest chills and some of the biggest surprises I have ever read ? Well how about I just start with that Gregg Olsen has put together an intense story of mystery, envy, thrill, and betrayal.

Envy is about a girl Katelyn, Katelyn was just found by her mother, on the
Won through Goodreads Giveaway. 2.5 I'm going to split my review into two halves. First the bad: The book starts out horribly; I mean the writing is just atrocious. Each chapter ends with a sentence that is an awful, cliché, badly contrived cliffhanger. It was just gut wrenching to read. I am glad, however, that I made myself continue reading, as the quality improved in the end. My other major complaint: A true crime story does not a mystery make. It was obvious before I looked it up that the au ...more
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I didn't realize the book was based on a true cyberbullying case until the end. I am not surprised a girl like Starla would use what happened to try to gain her 15 minutes of fame. The worst part is there really are a lot more tees like her as witnessed in the news recently!

The story was great, and this has become one of my new favorite YA series. I loved the characters, and I cannot wait for the next book.
Ken Eveleigh
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Port Gamble, Washington, is a town filled with secrets; some of them will get you killed. Twins Haley and Taylor Ryan are convinced that their friend Katelyn didn't die by accident and using their "special gifts" they are on the search for the truth. There are twists and turns aplenty and I was engrossed from the beginning.
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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***Originally posted to Bookish Blog

Envy is a Young Adult debut novel from the fantastic New York Times bestselling true-crime author, Gregg Olsen. It’s one deliciously dark and eerie read. I devoured it, thoroughly enjoying its creepy atmosphere! Most importantly, the content of this book lives up to its gorgeous cover, which means that if you’re one of the judge-the-book-by-its-cover readers (like me!), you can rest assured - you won’t be disappointed! In fact, you’re in for a quite a treat!
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Victoria Waddle
Katelyn Berkley dies in a freak accident. She is electrocuted in the bathtub when her expresso machine either falls into the water or when she threw it in. Or when someone else threw it in.

Katelyn is a ‘cutter’ whose many serious problems included an alcoholic mother. So is her death a suicide or an accident? Or maybe even murder?

Port Gamble is Katelyn’s home. It’s a seemingly perfect historic town in Washington with a lot of rules—the past has to be preserved—and a lot of secrets. It’s called “
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I was lucky enough to receive this book for review earlier this month, and I couldn’t wait to read it!  The cover alone is creepy enough to make ya want to flip through and see what’s up!  YAY for awesome covers!  I started reading Envy the night I got it, and finished it the next night

Envy (Empty Coffin) has everything I like in a book.  We enjoy a little drama, a little mystery, a little suspense, and a little paranormal.  I really fo

Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lets start with the cover! Can you say "CREEPIEST COVER AWARD"? Wow, I love it. It draws you into this book. Makes you WANT to read it. Then you flip to the 1st page, and you cannot put it down. It's like, The Grudge / The Ring type of feel when you look at the cover. You automatically think.... creepy! *shudders*
This book is about Katelyn. Katelyn is 15 years old. Katelyn is sad. Katelyn is dead.
Hayley and Taylor were friends of Katelyn. They knew that she was troubled, or sad. Either way they
Jennifer Tran
I won this in a Goodreads first reads giveaway.
For some reason whenever I win a giveaway, I get horror, crime, scary books!!
Anyway to the review.
I absolutely loved it.
I also love the font they used for the numbering at the beginning of each chapter.
The story starts off with a girl named Katelyn. She died in a bathtub. In the bathtub, where she was found dead, was an expresso machine. Before Katelyn died she had problems with cutting herself but didn't want to tell anybody. (view spoiler)
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't received yet, just saw today that I had won. Waiting for its arival. 6/28/11
Just received my copy. Hope to start soon, I have 2 books in line first. 7/11/11
Started this last night. 7/14/11
Finished during lunch today. 7/15/11

Small town along the Western Coast that was originally inhabited by an Indian tribe. One high school girl is found dead in the bathtub from electrocution. Was it suicide, an accident or homicide? She has an ex bff/frenemy that lives next door. Two girls that are twi
Kirsty (Book - Love - Bug)
This is Gregg Olsen’s debut in the YA market, and what a fabulous start. Envy is the first in the Empty Coffin Series; books set in Port Gamble (aka Empty Coffin). These thrillers have a paranormal edge to them, which refreshingly doesn’t see a vampire, werewolf or angel in sight!

Olsen has a fantastic writing style; he tells the story mainly in the present with a series of flashbacks interwoven in. When described this may sound a little confusing but actually works wonderfully.

The storyline ce
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!! I did not see that coming!


Wow, where do I even begin?! This was another one of those books that I wasn't too sure about. I had tried to read it a couple times, but ended up putting it down every time. Finally, after accepting a blog tour for the sequel, Betrayal, I decided to give it another go and I'm really glad that I did. The first few chapters started off slow, but it soon picked up and I found myself hooked on Envy. I would read it in the dark, in the middle of the night, a
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really enjoyed this book. The thing that I liked the most is that it was not a horror book like I thought, it was a thought provoking who done it book. When I read the synopsis and saw the title empty coffin series, I thought for sure it was going to be grisly and spooky. It definitely was spooky but it was totally different than a typical horror book.

The book starts right off with a good old death, one that any spooky thriller needs. For the rest of the book you are led on a tale of l
Amy Rose
I started out listening to this audiobook. To be honest, I almost turned it off and wrote it off as a bad "free credit" investment with But halfway through, the book latched into me and I found myself wanting to read it. So I ended up grabbing the ebook off of Barnes and Noble. I think audiobooks sometimes suffer if they yse the wrong reader. Just an opinion. The characters sounded better in my head. Anyway, it's a fast read. The main plot centers around cyberbullying. Gregg Olsen i ...more
Jenna (Bookiemoji)
Big fat DNF. I couldn't get into it within the first few chapters. Yet, I kept with it as long as I could... It felt like the sort of stuff I could otherwise find if I looked out the window or watched the news (kids being kids, adults with all sorts of problems, depressing reports, etc.) The story is told in a very quick, and, though I must say honest, fashion that keeps you from really caring about the characters or the outcome... For me, that is. And I HATED how out of the seven chapters I rea ...more
Beth Hatch
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone in her high school and family is shocked when Katelyn dies in the bathtub, electrocuted by the espresso machine falling into the tub. Many speculate whether it was an accident or intentional. The Ryan twins, Haley and Taylor feel that it wasn't either and are convinced that she was murdered.

The reason that I loved this story so much was the fact that it wasn't just a plain old crime thriller for teens. It was rich in the back story, including a fatal bus crash. I loved the element of t
Jaime Lester
Jun 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of true crime, sad stories
Envy is completely different from the books that I normally read, but I decided to give it a chance because the cover is frickin awesome and the blurb captured my interest. And the verdict is..... Not bad, not bad at all. Envy seems to me to be aimed towards the older YA. The subject matter is a lot more intense than a lot of the YA books that I read, and I think it could be very disturbing for the younger young adults. It was even disturbing to me at times, and I am 29y. All in all, I enjoyed t ...more
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Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.

A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Olsen has written ten nonfiction books, ten novels, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

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“Some of this story is completely true. And some of it isn't. Like truth, evil comes in all sorts of flavors. Some bitter. Some deceptively sweet. Sometimes it comes with a heavy price. While most people don't invite evil into their lives, the dirty little secret is that an invitation isn't necessary. Locked doors don't matter. Neither do fancy security systems. Evil is kind of amazing when you think about it. She knows how to get inside.” 15 likes
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