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(Empty Coffin #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  838 ratings  ·  133 reviews
In this action-packed thriller sequel to Envy, foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is stabbed to death after a party--and the prime suspect is her best friend. As twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan get pulled into the aftermath of this Amanda Knox-like crime, they realize nothing is what it seems. Could it be betrayal of the ultimate kind? 
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Splinter
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Annie Brewer
Review to come!! Loved it!

So I was given an ARC of this book from the author for this blog tour. When I first read Envy, the first book in the Empty Coffin series, I had no idea what to expect. But to say I loved Envy would be an understatement. However, we are not talking about Envy at this time. So Betrayal is the sequel to Envy. I was so excited to get this ARC because I loved Envy and needed to know what happened in the next captivating installment! I was not disappointed! The sequel was jus
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hayley and Taylor Ryan are twins that share a special supernatural bond. They can tell when an unnatural (murder) or unexpected death has occurred.

An exchange student, Olivia Grant, is stabbed to death at a Halloween Party in the town of Port Gamble. Suspicion toward Drew, Olivia’s boy friend, and Beth, best friend to Hayley and Taylor, immediately grows and to save their friend Hayley and Taylor must discover the murdered before the wrong person is accused.

The story is based loosely on the Aman
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
May 13, 2012 marked it as to-read-i-own
Shelves: for-review
WHEN DID THIS GET A COVER?!?!?!?!? How did I not see this?! ):< Oh well CANT WAIT!(: anddddd totally love the cover(: ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like its predecessor Envy, Betrayal was such an interesting murder mystery and I absolutely loved every minute. Gregg Olsen has a way to weave a mystery that makes it almost impossible to guess the truth. Sure when you read a mystery, you know it's probably not who you think it is, but when the end comes and you learn the truth, the Empty Coffin series will leave you surprised. I know I was!

The twins Hayley and Taylor really are the stars of this novel. Their special abilities to see the future
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First off I want to thank the publisher for an ARC of this book. I read the first book right before I got into this one and I have to say I really enjoyed Betrayal more. The new girl Olivia Grant was not such a lucky girl in this story. After her untimely murder the twins Hayley and Taylor go on the journey to find out what happened to her while uncovering so much more in their life and the others in their small town. Murders keeping happening to people the twins know and they can’t figure out w ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
A DNF - while the plot was interesting, the writing was getting to me and I gave up after the "banana bread loaf-sized muffin top" jiggling in the "skinny jeans [that] only work if you're actually skinny". The author needs to cut back the adjectives and extraneous descriptive phrases by about 2/3 and beef up the rest of the plot.

Which, as I said, did look interesting: a British exchange student, Olivia, is violently murdered at a Hallowe'en party. The hostess, Bree, is rich, self-involved and ov
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I won an advance reader’s copy of Betrayal by Gregg Olsen through Goodreads First Reads. Betrayal is the second book in the Empty Coffin series and is geared toward the YA audience.

Fast-paced and interesting, I would have found this novel very hard to put down if I was still in junior high. But I do want to be fair in this review because this is a young adult novel. It is filled with pop culture references that may not be easily recognizable in a few years. Another downside is that if the reade
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: teens, audio
This felt like two different books. There were two different stories going on. They somewhat fit together, but the murder story was not very good. In fact, the first part of book was not good at all. I kept going for whatever reason and was somewhat rewarded. The story following the twins, Hayley and Taylor, was interesting. The other characters, especially Brianna, her mother, even Beth Lee, Drew, etc. were less than likeable. I realized the author was basing the behavior on that of Amanda Knox ...more
Ken Eveleigh
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I read an advance reader's copy (ARC) of this book and the story was completely entertaining but the ARC was riddled with typos and other errors which were very distracting. Wait for the finished product. There were also no allusions to or hints about the "empty coffin" as there were in the first novel of The Empty Coffin series and I was a bit disappointed by that. I'm anxious to learn more about the strange goings on in Port Gamble.
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
DNF on page 50. Sorry, I'm just too old for this book. Read the ending though.
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Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Since I loved Envy by author Gregg Olsen, I knew that I would absolutely love Betrayal, the sequel in the Empty Coffin series. If you are a fan of Envy (and just reading the murder mystery is destined to make you are a fan) then you have been dying to read Betrayal. The synopsis probably caught your attention and the creepy cover is what had you hooked. As with the first novel in the series, Betrayal does a lot more than deliver. The first chapter, that holds that murder of Olivia Grant is beyon ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it

I wasn't the biggest fan of the first book, Envy. I didn't dislike it, but I didn't have a connection with it. The writing style wasn't really for me and it felt slow and confusing. So I was shocked at how much I loved this book! This time around I had a better idea of what to expect and I actually really enjoyed the writing style. I also was never bored with this one. I desperately needed to know 'who did it' and could hardly stand putting the book down. And since I now 'know' the twins, Taylor
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for an honest review. I loved the first book in this series and couldn't wait to read the next one. From the moment you start reading this book the action starts. Olivia an exchange student is murdered at a Halloween party. The police begin to investigate this murder and have several people they believe did it including her best friend Bree, the girl she lives with Beth and a few more. The best friend doesn't help matters when she does yoga at th ...more
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG, the beginning of the book was so bone chillingly awesome that I have no other words to describe it! Just being a foreign exchange student is scary enough. But for Olivia Grant, it was more than scary, it was deadly. As the investigation goes on, twins, Hayley and Taylor Ryan find out some secrets about themselves that their parents have been keeping since the tragic bus accident. Later we soon find out that the suspects in Olivia's murder have disappeared, without a trace, and there's more ...more
Haley Wood
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a first reads giveaway. This book is the perfect summer read. It's quick and fun with a murder mystery and plenty of intrigue. It kept me guessing into well into final act and I loved Taylor and Hayley! I would definitely read more books in this series with those girls in the forefront. My one complaint was that all the references were a bit much. It seemed to be trying a bit too hard to be "of the moment" and I fear that this may age the book as time goes on, but that's ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amy by: First-reads
I was happily introduced to the Empty Coffin series through the Goodreads First-reads giveaway of Betrayal and now I must go back and read Envy. I do however believe after reading Betrayal, it can function as a stand-alone but I would like to continue on with the series as it is delivered. What most attracted me to the book was the intrigue surrounding the twins wrapped in with the “Amanda Knox” style murder mystery making for a great read. Greg Olsen’s style is accessible, fun and current geare ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another hit in the Empty Coffin series! "Betrayal" does not disappoint by delivering realistic characters, and a murder-mystery that keeps you guessing. I'm looking forward to the next one!

A note on Olsen's craft:
Olsen's writing is so vivid that there were times when I had to stop reading the book before going to bed, because the story would continue in my dreams. I think his best asset is in creating these modern and realistic characters. Olsen has been added to my list of favorite authors.
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
*I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads*

I was just thrilled to have received an ARC copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. This was a very intriguing story that had me reading very quickly from beginning to end. As this is inspired by a true story, it made me more interested in this, and the events were just thrilling and mysterious. The characters were new to me, as I have not read the first book, but they were described really well; there was good character devel
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Twins, Taylor and Hayley, have a special gift. They can see into the past and future, and can also sense each other’s thoughts. One night, they have a strange feeling something bad is going to happen. Soon, they find out their friend Olivia, a foreign exchange student from London, was brutally stabbed at a Halloween party.

Read the rest of my review at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c...
Feb 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I found the book completely unrealistic.

Ex. "The body is that of a well-developed, well-nourished, white female who appears the stated age of 17 years. Body height is 68 inches. Body w eight is 105 lbs.."

A 17 year old girl who is roughly 5'6 and weighs 105 should not be described as 'well nourished'.

The dialogue and the characters are ridiculous. The girl who found the body kicked it to see if it would move, and she texts during the police interview.

Waste of time.

Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a book I won from goodreads.. I have never really been interested in murder mystery stories, until now. Gregg Olsen does an excellent job of giving the details needed and building the characters in the story. I think that if I read anymore murder mysteries, they will have to be books by Gregg Olsen.
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fantastically crafted mystery that takes a case ripped from the headlines and makes it fresh! This dark and gritty series is worth checking out - it's sophisticated and well-written enough for both teens and adults to enjoy!
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I liked this one a lot more than Envy. The story was a bit more intriguing and most importantly, the twins didn't seem so cardboard as characters.

Excellent ending, I'm interested to see what happens next.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great second book in the series.It could stand on its own if it needed to also. The insights into all of the characters lives are very complex and make an excellent read. The next one comes out when?
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is about how a young girl named Olivia is murdered. Most murder books i read are slow and not to great, but Gregg Olsen has written a fast-passed masterpiece. I loved this book and am looking forward to hunting down the first in this Empty Coffin series♥
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Advance Reading Copy

Just finished the Advance Reading Copy and really liked it. Curious to see if any changes (other than grammatical) come with the "real" version.
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got this for free through First Reads. It was easy to read this straight through and was never compelled to put it down.
Caroline Victoria Murphy (CazzReadsYA)
4.5 stars
Angela Hanson
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An awesomely thrilling follow-up to Envy. Get this one back ordered now. Guilty can't hit the shelves fast enough for me after finishing this one!
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am devouring this book! Only on Chapter 6 and the characters are so well developed and interesting! No reader could ask for more! More later......
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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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