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  • A mystery that kept me at the edge of my seat!

    In the small, historic town of Port Gamble, a young girl, Katelyn, is found slumped over a clawfoot tub. As the community grieves, friends and family close to Katelyn begin to question whether she really had an accident or if there was something more sinister at play. This isn't the first time she has had a close brush with death, making the accident even more of a tragedy. Katelyn's former friends and neighbors cannot rest until they discover what happened on the night that Katelyn died. And Haley and Taylor Ryan are not the only ones in pursuit of the truth. There is also a reporter in pursuit of the story, and someone who seems to be watching every move that the town makes. There is enough tragedy and mystery in here for a real pageturner. I've become a recent fan of Gregg Olsen books after reading "If you Tell." I picked up the sequel to "Beneath Her Skin" ("Dying to be Her") and after realizing this was a series went back to read this book (the first of the series). Overall I really enjoyed this book. Beneath Her Skin was part mystery, part thriller, and with a supernatural twist. And thankfully, this is the first of a series, which gives me a good next read--up next, "Dying to be Her!"

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  • Riveting!

    Gregg Olsen’s first Young Adult novel has been re-released under the name Beneath Her Skin. On Christmas night 15-year-old Katelyn Berkley’s mother finds her dead in the bath, electrocuted with an espresso maker. Her death is ruled as accidental, but Katelyn’s childhood friends, twins Taylor and Hayley, believe it might have been murder. The twins both possess psychic abilities and they try to decipher messages from Katelyn hoping to learn the truth. Katelyn’s death reopens wounds from a tragic accident years before and with a reporter hanging around, as well as someone watching their every move, danger is lurking. With its excellent plot and brisk pacing, I had difficulty putting this book down between chapters. Beneath Her Skin was such an absorbing read, and I relished every moment. This riveting, dark story is weighty and Gregg Olsen brilliantly weaves the tale of the two sisters. Hayley is a reasoned thinker and has an analytical mind and her twin sister Taylor is very emotional, though they are both intense and their bond is sure-fire. Set in Port Gamble, Washington and with several twists and enough mystery and intrigue to compel me to read late into the night, this was a well-delivered, stellar read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • An enjoyable psychological thriller with elements

    Starting with an angst-ridden teenager, this psychological thriller debuts the twins Haley and Taylor Ryan of Port Gamble. Into their world of schooling, family, boyfriends and the usual teenage microcosm of forging an identity comes the murder of a former friend. Not satisfied with the suicide ruling, the twins discover the darker secrets lying beneath their small-town life as they investigate further. Many skeletons long hidden in the closet will be revealed including some regarding the twins. An enjoyable psychological thriller with elements of the supernatural, an entertaining read with a three-and-a-half-star rating. With thanks to NetGalley and the author for a preview copy for review purposes.

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  • Small town mystery

    Gregg Olsen has reissued an earlier release with a new title. Envy has now become Beneath Her Skin. No matter what name you use, it is a fantastic thriller with lots of questions to find the answers to. Katelyn is found dead in her home on Christmas night and the police rule it a suicide. What makes it even more tragic, Katelyn is a survivor of a horrible bus crash from ten years earlier that the small town of Port Gamble, Washington never really got over. Taylor and Hayley are twin sisters and childhood friends of Katelyn's and they want answers. What could have been so bad for Katelyn to take her own life? Taylor and Hayley sometimes get feelings about events and they believe someone else killed Katelyn. This book is full of twists, thrills and questions that need to be answered. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Gregg Olsen for the chance to read this book in exchange for a fair review. If you haven't read Gregg Olsen's books, pick this one up and enjoy staying up way to late at night to finish it

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  • Good mystery

    Beneath Her Skin by Gregg Olsen is the first in the Port Gamble Chronicles series. It was originally released as "Envy". It is a YA Paranormal novel.  That being said, I must have missed the YA part when I was checking out the book.  However, being in my 50's, I'm entitled to read what I want, and I've always enjoyed Gregg Olsen's true crime novels, so.....  I found I enjoyed this one too. Taking place in small town Port Gamble Washington, the story is centered around twins Taylor and Hayley Ryan, who have a gift.   When an old friend "Katelyn" is found dead in a bathtub, electrocuted by a coffeemaker, the twins don't believe it was suicide.  Using their psychic telepathy to investigate further they soon discover more than they wanted, and not just about Katelyn.  The town has many secrets, and bullying is just one of them. Olsen is a great author, and he did a great job on his first attempt at YA writing (even if I am too old to qualify).

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