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New York : Splinter, c2012.
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273 p. ; 24 cm.
Twins Hayley and Taylor explore new facts about their past while investigating the bizarre murder of a foreign exchange student whose best friend has been accused of the crime.


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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?   Betrayal features real-life crime-solving techniques, heart-stopping suspense, plenty of red herrings, hard-hitting ethical questions, and information about the Amanda Knox case that inspired the novel. As the crime unravels, so does the twins' past…and they must face off against a family member who may unexpectedly have carried out the worst betrayal of all.  

Author Notes

Gregg Olsen (born March 5, 1959, in Seattle, Washington) is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of numerour novels most of which are crime-related. His novels include: A Wicked Snow; A Cold Dark Place; Betrayal; and Fear Collector. His nonfiction books include: The Deep Dark (2005), about the 1972 Sunshine mine fire in Kellogg, Idaho; Bitter Almonds, the story of Stella Nickell; and A Twisted Faith, (2010) about a philandering minister who killed his wife, and True Shocking Story (2014).

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-Olsen's sequel (2012) to Envy (2011, both Sterling) is a beguiling, thrilling murder mystery. Set in Port Gamble, Washington, the story begins with the murder of a British foreign exchange student, Olivia Grant, while at Brianna Connor's Halloween party. The plot and characters are revealed as the events of the murder are discussed and investigated, unraveling slowly, each dialogue revealing a new twist, a different motive, and a new suspect. Told from the omniscient point of view, there are chilling moments, as when Olivia describes her attack as she is dying, and when the killer's feelings are described after the murder. The novel's events are seen through the eyes of many of the well-developed teenage characters-spoiled and insensitive Brianna Connors; her submissive boyfriend, Drew Marchello; Olivia's stoic roommate, Beth Lee; self-centered Starla Larsen; and Hayley and Taylor Ryan, twins who possess both psychic abilities and analytical instincts-and some adults. Julia Whelan narrates with small voice variations for each character. The theme of jealousy and envy is appropriate for a teen audience.-Cynthia Grabke, formerly McCormack Middle School, Dorchester, MA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Taylor and Hayley Ryan, the twin girls who can connect to and sense past events are again involved in mysterious events in Port Gamble, Wash., in this second Empty Coffin tale. In their debut, Envy (2011), the girls uncovered the truth about a recent death, but the death they're involved with now is clearly murder. Adult characters are more defined than in many novels for teens, with S'Kallam Tribal Police chief Annie Garnett and Mindee the hairstylist at the forefront. The third-person narration allows Olsen to cherry-pick events to keep the suspense going and the mystery intriguing. The paranormal abilities of the girls are just understated enough to make them almost believable, as are the many forensic details of autopsy and crime scene investigation. It's a disappointment when the murderer makes a telling comment about two-thirds of the way through, and it seems like a purposeful delaying tactic when the girls chase information about their family's past, which is clearly irrelevant to the core mystery. That secondary plot aside, there is plenty of action, as well as many snide remarks and unlikable characters, to keep readers' attention. Despite the paranormal element, this is more a police procedural than anything else, albeit one that's on the fluffy side. (Paranormal mystery. 12-16)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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