The Official Envy Book Trailer
In Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington, truth is about as hard to come by as a sunny day and twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan can’t escape the evil circulating this small town. As the crimes continue to unravel in Empty Coffin, so does the twins’ past.
In Betrayal, the follow-up to Envy, foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is stabbed to death after a party—and the prime suspect is her best friend. As Hayley and Taylor 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?
Praise for Betrayal:
“As a true crime writer, Gregg Olsen has learned a lot about how perpetrators and their victims act. He uses these skills to great effect in crafting a compelling murder mystery, with a side of the supernatural in Betrayal…Betrayal is an excellent follow-up to Envy and opens up the story just enough to keep us interested in the varied goings on of the Ryan family, but does not give too much away. This applies to both the present and some surprising revelations about the family's past. The book is recommended both for young adults, as well as their parents.” – seattlepi.com, September
"I love how the action starts immediately. Just when you think you know who is the murder something else happens that leaves you second guessing everything." – Paranormal Reads, September
"The fact that the mysteries in the Empty Coffin series are based off real cases, it heightens the suspense and realness to it." – Jean Book Nerd, September
TRUTH IN FICTION
While the characters and the plot of Betrayal are fictional, elements of the storyline take some cues from a famous case involving the murder of a British girl in Perugia, Italy, and the subsequent conviction of an American student and her boyfriend for the crime. Seattle native Amanda Knox was accused of the murder of her roommate and friend Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy—a crime committed on Halloween night in 2007. While Knox maintained her innocence, the Italian police and prosecutors thought otherwise. Most of the evidence against Knox in the beginning of the case were mischaracterizations of her behavior. She was seen making out with her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, at the crime scene. She was caught on tape shopping for lingerie right after the murder as if she didn’t have a care in the world. She did cartwheels in the halls at the police station. And so on.
The police theorized that the American student was an immoral girl who was involved in some kind of sex game gone wrong. And despite evidence that was severely compromised—or fabricated—Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted. The pair served four years of a twenty-six-year sentence in an Italian jail before their murder convictions were overturned on October 3, 2011. Subsequently, Knox returned to America. Experts agree that bungled evidence at the scene of the crime and an international press corps bent on attacking Amanda’s character for the sake of selling newspapers (her MySpace handle was “Foxy Knoxy”) contributed to her conviction.