Name: Kinsey Manchester
Envy by Gregg Olsen
Review by Kinsey Manchester
15-year-old Katelyn Berkley doesn’t particularly like life. So when her drunkard of a mother finds Katelyn dead in the bathtub, everybody thinks that she killed herself. Everyone except for twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan. Hayley and Taylor know more about what really happened to Katelyn than everyone else does. They have a secret, too. This secret is something that the twins can use to help figure out what really happened to Katelyn, but it is also something that can ruin their chance at normalcy forever. When the stakes rise as someone threatens to oust them and the truth about Katelyn’s death holds more secrets than they imagined, the girls must stick together if they wish to solve the mystery once and for all.
Envy is an addictive and chilling novel. It grips you right at the beginning when you spend the last minutes of Katelyn’s life with her. You immediately want to know what happened to her and why. All of the characters are easy to relate to, which means that by the time you reach the last page, you won’t want to leave behind Hayley or Taylor. The twins are night and day, as you probably know that most twins are. Gregg Olsen also uses his way with words to make you dislike the people you are supposed to dislike. When you meet the evil Starla Larsen, you instantaneously connect her to someone in your own life that was exactly the same way. You understand why nobody says anything bad to her, but why they all think it. By the end of the book, I had an exact picture of how I thought the characters would look. Olsen’s characterization skills are amazing. His words literally create pictures. His style, however, is a little different and hard to understand at first. The beginning is a little slow and confusing, but don’t give up on it! By the time you are 40 pages in, you will be hooked! You will soon figure out how all of the stories come together to make one big story. I think that this book was very good, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries.
Kinsey’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars