September 8, 2012

Blog Tour: Betrayal (Empty Coffin #2) by Gregg Olsen – Review, Guest Post and G1veaway

Hey awesome readers!
Thanks for stopping by for our Tour Stop for

Betrayal by Gregg Olsen

presented by Jean BookNerd!

Today, we are so excited to have Gregg stop by the blog and share with all of you
his Top 10 Favorite Things!
You can also check out our thoughts on this amazing book.
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

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.

Betrayal (Empty Coffin #2) by Gregg Olsen
Publication Date:  September 4, 2012
Publisher:   Splinter/Sterling

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** This title was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinions **

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’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’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’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’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’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’s killer.  The girls are terrorized a lot more in this novel and begin to receive texts from the “Text Creeper”.  Who he is, I’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’s actions were ones that I didn’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.

You can check out our review of ENVY right HERE!

Top 10 Favorite Things with Gregg Olsen



Favorite authors (dead or alive):

Jack Olsen (no relation)
Suzanne Collins
Patricia Cornwell, and
Colleen Houck.


Favorite snacks while writing:

Anything I can get my hands on. No kidding. Salty. Sweet. Doesn’t matter , I’ll eat it until it’s all gone!


Favorite books that inspired you to write:

Carrie by Stephen King and Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule.
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Favorite songs to listen to while writing:

I can’t listen to songs with words because I’ll just start singing along.  Believe it or not, my favorite CD to write to is Moby’s Hotel(the ambient disc). Moody. Pretty. And just enough energy to keep me typing.  I’m listening to it right now.


Favorite techniques to overcome writers block:

A nap.  I think that once you’re stuck you can’t wriggle out of it.  You have to abandon ship for just a bit, then come back fresh.


Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block:

Nap. Take a walk. Go to a movie. In other words– get away from the computer screen that is staring at you like a begging dog.


Favorite movies of all time:

Fargo, The Wizard of Oz


Favorite movie moments:

This sounds so dumb, but this one little scene gets me every time. Ready for real dumb? At the end of Cinderella, the stepmother and sisters have broken the slipper before she has a chance to try it on. But then Cinderella pulls out the other slipper just before the prince leaves!


Favorite snacks while writing:

Sunflower seeds (shelled), any kind of potato chip, Kit Kat bars (which explains why my keyboard looks like a cafeteria table!).


Favorite books:

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins),  Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald Sobol and John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley.

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Favorite musicians/bands/groups:

I’m not ashamed to say that I love Kelly Clarkson, I think she’s the greatest singer of the last ten years. I love her story too.


Favorite gadgets:

The Roomba, that and the Ipad are the greatest inventions in my lifetime. No kidding.


Favorite dream destinations:

My wife and I spent some time on Nantucket a few years ago, and I’d love to go back there. I love the North Shore of Oahu too.


You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire:

My dogs, my daughter’s pictures in the hall, and my laptop – you can guess the real order.


Love these answers!    Thanks for stopping by the blog today Gregg!


About the Author:


A Seattle native who lives in Washington State, Gregg has seen the darker side of the Pacific Northwest and knows a little more about the area than your average guy. “There is something dark and beautiful about the Pacific Northwest,” he says. “We seem to have an overabundance of serial killers out here–so many, in fact, sometimes I wonder if they have a secret convention in Washington.”

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with 13 books and sales of over one-million copies to his credit, Gregg made his young-adult fiction debut with Envy. The follow-up, Betrayal, will be published in September 2012.

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Available For Purchase:


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1 Winner will receive One ARC of Betrayal & Book Plate.
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1 Winner will receive One poster, One Bookmark, and One button of  Hayley and Taylor Ryan Art
by James Vallesteros
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  1. CJ Listro

    What great review! I just came across Envy a few weeks ago and instantly TBR-ed it. I can’t wait to get my hands on these books. I love murder mysteries and the set-up and mechanics of these just seems really an interesting way to portray it. You don’t see a lot of procedural stuff for YA, so that’s exciting too!


  2. kimbacaffeinate

    hahaha..he sounds like my hubby..any snack he just eats until its gone..LOL

  3. Jan Bethel

    I have been looking forward to this book! YAY!

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