Envy by Gregg Olsen
Published by: Splinter
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal
Date Read: 16/03/2015
Crime lives – and dies – in the deceptively picture-perfect town of Port Gamble, 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 was initially drawn to this book by the eerie cover so I really wasn’t too sure what to expect when I started it. 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 centres around twins Hayley & Taylor. The central plot of the book revolves around the mysterious death of another local teen Katelyn. The girl’s want to learn the truth surrounding her death and as they delve deeper into the mystery, we soon come to realize that there is more to Hayley & Taylor as well.
My biggest complaint with the book was the text/IM messages between characters. They’re used a lot throughout the beginning of the book and they were so distracting. I had no idea what they were trying to say half the time. I found it so frustrating trying to decode them and it completely took me out of the story.
I liked most of the character’s from the very beginning, especially the Ryan Twins. They have this ability to find things out that no one else could possibly know. Hayley and Taylor, were my favourites. I really enjoyed the way in which the point of view the story is told from changes constantly, giving more insight into how each character feels about Katelyn’s death. Along with the cover, another of my favourite things about Envy was the layout. I loved the format used for the chapter headings, and how messages sent within the novel are made to stand out on the page.
Overall I really liked the book. Envy was a fantastic and creepy book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Envy was an extremely enjoyable read that had me captivated from beginning to end. The true elements woven into the story really set this novel aside and make it unique.
“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.”