Betrayal (Empty Coffin Series #2)

Betrayal (Empty Coffin Series #2)

4.1 13
by Gregg Olsen

View All Available Formats & Editions

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<…  See more details below


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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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. . . keep the suspense going and the mystery intriguing. . . . there is plenty of action, as well as many snide remarks and unlikable characters, to keep readers' attention.” --Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Gregg Olsen's ENVY:
“Gregg Olsen's Envy is a riveting page-turner that I could not put down.  Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, Envy explores a serious topic--cyberbullying--in a fantastic, well-crafted story.  Can't wait for the next Empty Coffin novel!”--Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked saga, Dear Bully contributor
“Gregg Olsen's Envy offers an interesting view on the devastating effects bullying can have, not only on the individuals involved from both sides, but on the community at large.”--Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine trilogy

"Sure to spice up your reading repertoire!"

"Olsen's characters jump to life and his plots are so intricate you never see the killer coming….a definite hit!"--RT Book Reviews
“Dark and addictive…”--Jordan Dane, critically acclaimed author of In the Arms of Stone Angels
“Olsen writes with authority, drawing inspiration from actual headlines and crime…”--Publishers Weekly


School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—A brutal stabbing at a Halloween party leaves a foreign-exchange student dead and sets off a frightening chain of events in this compelling crime novel. Olivia Grant, an English teen staying in Port Gamble, Washington, is murdered. Brianna behaves oddly for someone who has just discovered a dead girl in her bed, but does that mean that she and her boyfriend are to blame? Or was it Beth, whose family hosted Olivia? The two girls argued early in the evening, and Olivia died with part of Beth's costume stuffed in her mouth. The author notes that this aspect of the story was inspired by the case of Amanda Knox, whose murder conviction in Italy was eventually overturned. Meanwhile, a subplot involves telepathic twins Haley and Taylor, who survived a bus crash as children and are now trying to unravel the truth despite their mother's reluctance to discuss it. Their story is sometimes a distraction from the primary murder mystery. Many of the characters were featured in Envy (Sterling, 2011), and while this one can stand on its own, it may be easier to follow as part of a series. Readers see the novel's events through the eyes of many different characters-Drew, Brianna, Beth, Haley, Taylor, and quite a few adults-and it's difficult to care about such a large cast. Still, the frothy tone, many pop-culture references, and fast pace compensate for the lack of a central character. Readers in search of a crime novel, mystery, or quick, light read will enjoy this one.—Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
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)

Read More

Product Details

Publication date:
Empty Coffin Series, #2
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Gregg Olsen is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author whose books have sold over one million copies. Olsen's books have been translated into multiple languages, and he has been interviewed on various TV programs. For more info, see:

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Betrayal: An Empty Coffin Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
The twins are back and this time not only are they solving another murder, but discovering a possible betrayal that hits a little too close to home. This action packed series always keeps you on your toes! The sequel is full of surprises and will keep you guessing right up to the last page. There are plenty of new mysteries and a few old ones that are being brought up in this book. I couldn&rsquo;t put it down. It is fast paced, full of intrigue, suspense, and will leave you wanting more! I love the relationship between Hayley and Taylor and how they get along so well. They are a great duo and hilarious whenever they are together. They do fight like sibling do sometimes, but over all they are loving sisters who stick together through thick and thin. As sisters they do have their secrets and it is their most dangerous secret that bands them together more than any other. There are a lot of secrets being uncovered in this book and I was anxiously turning each page to find out what happened next. I can&rsquo;t wait for another story with the twins and seeing what they may uncover next. Check out Betrayal by Gregg Olsen for another look at the crime solving duo everyone loves!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Mr. Olsen for years. When he first came out with "The Empty Coffin" series, I was a bit skeptical. I was used to his true crime stories and adult nonfiction. I am ecstatic I gave this series a chance. Mr. Olsen does a fantastic job of taking a true story line and turning it into a fantastic fictional murder mystery that leaves a person with alot to think about concerning human nature. Although you COULD read this as a stand-alone book, I highly recommend you read "Envy" first, as there are some subplots going on concerning the twins that may leave you a little confused if you have not read the first in the series. I am highly enjoying the evolving story of these special girls and their special talent. I cannot wait for the next installment! -- SPeeD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ElegantlyBoundReviews More than 1 year ago
For as long as I can remember I've always loved a good murder mystery novel! And I'm pretty sure I always will. There's just something about a good mystery that keeps me reading a book. Now add a little bit of the paranormal element and I'm definitely hooked! Even if I have it somewhat figured out, I'm going to read it to the end just to see if I'm right or wrong! When reading Envy, I couldn't get enough of the mystery that is surrounding twins Haley and Taylor. Even after Betrayal, their special abilities haven't been truly explained but it's still fun to get wrapped up in their world. I love how we get to see so many aspects of the twins lives and see how most of the time they work in perfect sync but then how they also argue. I really enjoy how Olsen writes the mystery. He gives away the clues that are only necessary and as the story evolves, more is revealed and the pieces fall into place. It's probably the reason why I have never been able to figure out who is the murderer. Betrayal is such a great murder mystery because of the characters, the dark and gloomy setting and because of the touch of paranormal! I give Betrayal 4 hearts for being a mystery that I couldn't figure out!
RedberryReads More than 1 year ago
A great book! I enjoy this series!
SilverStar88 More than 1 year ago
If you liked the first book youll love this one. It has a great plot and lots of twists and turns thats will keep you hooked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the series from the first book envy, and Betrayal follows right along with the suspense and mystery. Hayley and Taylor Ryan are still searching for information on the tragic bus accident when they were young and the unusual ability they have to see into the past just by touching things. But a Halloween party given by queen bee Brianna turns out to have an actual dead body at the house, the body of Olivia, a British exchange student. What follows is a wild ride of suspects and twist and turns,but never for a minute does it give you a reason to stop reading. The basis for the book was the circumstances of the Amanda Knox case and the parallels with this case and the Italy case are really close, but it makes you really think alot on what Amanda had to go through. This second book keeps you guessing and really makes me look forward to the third book in the series.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Since I loved Envy by author Gregg Olsen, I knew that I would absolutely love Betrayal, the sequel in the Empty Coffin series. If you are a fan of Envy (and just reading the murder mystery is destined to make you are a fan) then you have been dying to read Betrayal. The synopsis probably caught your attention and the creepy cover is what had you hooked. As with the first novel in the series, Betrayal does a lot more than deliver. The first chapter, that holds that murder of Olivia Grant is beyond terrifying. It&rsquo;s thrilling, dark, and intense. Not in a way that has you scared out of your mind, but in a way that has you cringing (in a good way) at the details of a knife slicing through skin and of a murder. Betrayal is a lot different than Envy. Whereas Envy was a story that focused on bullying and a not-so suicide, Betrayal focuses on an actual homicide. That&rsquo;s right. Homicide. Murder. Somebody killing another somebody. The novel (which has parts that are based on real events) revolves around the murder of foreign exchange student Olivia Grant. Characters from Envy are possible suspects in the murder. The story doesn&rsquo;t center around the Ryan twins Hayley and Taylor as much as it did in the past novel, and instead takes place mostly through the POV (point of view) of other characters. Including Brianna, Drew and the Chief of Police. I found myself comparing Betrayal to CSI more than anything, which is something that I didn&rsquo;t find myself doing while I read the past novel. Betrayal holds more chapters that show the police trying to figure out the murders, which includes lots of interrogations, evidence gathering, and discovering cadavers. The one thing that I enjoyed most in Betrayal were the few chapters in the killer&rsquo;s POV, not because he killed somebody (duh), but because they gave the story more hype. It had me taking in every detail in an attempt to figure out who the serial killer might be. When chapters were seen through the Ryan twins eyes, the two girls begin to gather more words via their psychic abilities and begin to uncover more clues that lead to Olivia Grant&rsquo;s killer. The girls are terrorized a lot more in this novel and begin to receive texts from the &ldquo;Text Creeper&rdquo;. Who he is, I&rsquo;m not allowed to say. All I know is that you can expect the Ryan twins to try and discover more about their abilities. All in all, I found the ending of the novel very unexpected. Mainly because the motives behind the killer&rsquo;s actions were ones that I didn&rsquo;t imagine. Like the story before it, Betrayal will have readers sitting on the edge of their seats. I would recommend this series to readers who want a series that is just amazing. Like I said in the review of Envy, if you like murder mysteries and thrillers, then the Empty Coffin series is definitely for you.
pandareads More than 1 year ago
It's Halloween in Port Gamble and the place to be is at Brianna's party. But after the party, Brianna discovers foreign exchange student Olivia gruesomely murdered in her bed. Soon Brianna and her boyfriend are both suspects in the murder, but twins Hayley and Taylor have a sense that something more is afoot. While they're trying to solve the murder using their own special abilities, the local police department is botching up the investigation. Like its predecessor Envy, Betrayal was such an interesting murder mystery and I absolutely loved every minute. Gregg Olsen has a way to weave a mystery that makes it almost impossible to guess the truth. Sure when you read a mystery, you know it's probably not who you think it is, but when the end comes and you learn the truth, the Empty Coffin series will leave you surprised. I know I was! The twins Hayley and Taylor really are the stars of this novel. Their special abilities to see the future and past are such an asset to solving crimes and when the victims are classmates, it's understandable they would want to use their ability to help. But that's not the start and end of their plot; their family makes for an interesting mystery itself. Their mother is obviously hiding something about her past and the twins are also itching to know what happened to her. Their father writes mysteries and I can't help but wonder if Olsen put a little of himself in that character. We did finally learn more about the twins' mother in Betrayal, but I have a feeling there's a lot more this family that we'll learn about in subsequent novels. As strange as it sounds, I found the afterword of the novel to be extremely interesting. Olsen seems to be basing the crimes in his Empty Coffin series off real events. In Envy, the plot was loosely based off a real case of bullying. In Betrayal, the plot is loosely based off the story of Amanda Knox. She accused of murdering her roommate while studying-aborad in Italy. I didn't follow that news piece at all, so when Olsen explained the parallels I was quite surprised and intrigued. The fact that the Empty Coffin novels are based off real events makes the books that much more exciting to read. I'm eagerly anticipating the third novel, Guilty, to see what real-life drama will show up in its pages. Four stars! I loved the mystery in this novel and I think this is a great fall read as Halloween approaches. While you could potentially read Betrayal as a stand-alone, I highly recommend you read the first book in the series, Envy, first since it will give a lot of the background information on the twin's ability and family life. References to Envy are pretty frequent throughout Betrayal. I think it's a little unfortunate these books haven't made more of a splash in the YA world, when I think they're definitely worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This booky was aweshume haha i wuv it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U are suppose to be on gods side NOT the devils. The devil wants murder not god!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The devil probably whisperd in the authors ear "write a book about a girls friend that kills her"