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Today I’m really excited, extremely excited actually. For quite some time I’ve tried, no, I’ve begged my hubby to chime in with a review or two. See, the thing is that my hubby, aka The Baker, reads quite a lot. Maybe he doesn’t read quite as much as I do, but I would say he keeps up a pretty good pace and he also loves reading YA. After I signed with my agent he discovered a whole new level of chaos in my life and generously offered to help out on the blog. Yay! Today will be the first of hopefully many reviews to come in the future from The Baker. Please help him feel welcome and let us know if there are any other books you’d love to have him review!

The Empty Coffin Series (Envy and Betrayal) by Gregg Olsen

Published by Splinter
Pages: 312/288
Ages: Young Adult (12 and up.)

Buy Envy by Gregg Olsen: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository

Publishers Summary for Envy:

New York Times bestselling adult true crime author Gregg Olsen makes his YA debut with Empty Coffin, a gripping new fiction series for teens based on ripped-from-the-headlines stories…with a paranormal touch.
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, the twins 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.

I would like to start by saying thanks to my wife for allowing me to write a review on her blog. I hope your readers are ok with me posting here. I know I am not quite as gifted as she is, but bear with me.

Well, we have stacks of books in our house and every now and again a book catches my eye, so I steal… err, I mean borrow the book from my wife. Well, look at the cover of the Envy and Betrayal, the first two books in the Empty Coffin Series by Gregg Olsen, they are beautiful and they caught my eye (I know, “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but when there are so many books to choose from, sometimes that is all you have to go on).

I have not read many, if any, murder mystery/ crime fiction books, so take my review of a as coming from a person who is not well versed in this style of book.

Both books start with someone dying, while the remainder of the books involve the police chief and two sisters with semi-psychic abilities trying to find out who the killer was, each in their own ways. At times the sisters seem to do more harm than good, but the police chief and the sisters both figure out clues about the murder and come to the same decision as to was the cause of death was at about the same time. In addition, there is a back story about something that the twin’s mom did when she was younger. As the twins are trying to solve the recent deaths, they are also trying to figure out what happened with their mom. It is apparent that there will be a third book in the series that will further discuss the mother’s back story.

To start, Gregg Olsen does a very good job of writing in a style that is very easy to read, while also being able to draw you in. It is funny, because there were some things that I definitely thought were cheesy, like the text messages written in “teenager style” and some of the clichés. However, even with these aspects, the books were easy to read and enjoyable.

I was definitely thrown for a loop when it turned out the twins were semi-psychic, I was not expecting that at all. Maybe that was my own fault, but because I was expecting the book to not have any fantasy elements in it, it took a while to be ok with the psychic abilities. By the second book, I was able to accept the psychic abilities and move on.

Despite the cheesiness and the psychic abilities, I could not put the books down. While I had a good idea what had happened early on in the first book and knew what had happened very early on in the second book, they still held my interest and I read through them quickly.

The Empty Coffin Series, by Gregg Olsen, is well written, but somewhat cheesy, they would not rank at the top of my favorites list, but I will read the third book in the series as I am curious to find out what happened with the mom. They are a quick read and very descriptive. These books are well suited for those who enjoy crime fiction, but don’t want the sleaze and gore that accompany most crime fiction novels.

The Baker Recommends: Ages 14 and up. Perfect for fans of crime fiction who don’t mind a little cheesiness, but do enjoy a more “clean” read.

Find Envy by Gregg Olsen at the following spots:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | Goodreads

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7 Responses to Guest Book Review: The Empty Coffin Series by Gregg Olsen

  1. OMG I love it. Welcome welcome! That was awesome. I loved your last paragraph. I love the frankness. Yay! Come back and review again, k?

  2. Senator says:

    Oo la la! Lovely review sir baker!

  3. Emaginette says:

    They sound fun to me. 🙂

  4. Sounds like a fun series, but I know exactly what you mean about the “cheesiness” in these sorts of books!

  5. Gina says:

    Nice choice for a starter post! So nice of you (The Baker) to help with the bloggy duties while Danielle becomes the mega author she’s gonna be….

    Agreed on this series, the covers DO catch the eye…and what else have you to go on sometimes when you know nothing about a particular title or authors work? Sounds like a good read overall….definitely holding a spot on the wish list for this one. Thanks for sharing…and happy reading!

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