(29) Envy

Title: Envy (Empty Coffin) by Gregg Olsen
Publisher: Splinter
312 pages
Genre: YA

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I had a difficult time getting into this book. The characters were not all that sympathetic and I really didn't care much.  I did however come to enjoy Hayley and Taylor.  As the book progressed and focused more on them instead of the self-absorbed, popular obsessed, label crazed other characters I found myself being drawn in but there were still some major elements to this book that I just didn't like.

The murder of Katelyn seems to be a weight around the town but yet other crimes like cyber stalking, or just plain stalking and even murder of other people just doesn't seem to rate.  There just seem to be a lot of really major issues touched on in this book with a flippant attitude that I didn't really enjoy.  Since this is Gregg Olsens first foray into YA I will give him some leeway.  However he seems to have a lot of disdain for the members of the audience that he is trying to appeal to.