Gregg Olsen Books In Order

Publication Order of Empty Coffin Books

Envy (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Betrayal (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Waterman & Stark Books

The Bone Box (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl in the Woods (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Now That She's Gone (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Vengeance Books

Girls on Film (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Wicked Snow (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Cold Dark Place (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heart of Ice (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Victim Six (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Closer That Blood (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fear Collector (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shocking True Story (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Abandoned Prayers (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mockingbird (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bitter Almonds (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Starvation Heights (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Confessions of an American Black Widow (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If Loving You is Wrong (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cruel Deception (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Deep Dark (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Twisted Faith (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Taken in the Night (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bitch on Wheels: The Sharon Nelson Double Murder Case (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Boy Who Fired The First Shot (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl and the Horrors of Howard Avenue (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stranger and the World's Bravest Little Girl (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
If I Can't Have You: Obsession, Murder and a Mother's Strange Disappearance (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Madness, Sex, Serial Killer (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Cheerleader (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Sequins (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Gregg Olsen is a famous American novelist and a USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of crime-related novels. He has written a number of nonfiction books and novels based on the thriller genre. He has written many novels based on the life of noted American criminals. Olsen was born on March 5, 1959 in Seattle, Washington. He has received many awards and acclaim for his works. His book ‘The Deep Dark: Disaster and Redemption’, was selected as the “Idaho Book of the Year” in 2006 by the Libraries Association of Idaho. He was also a finalist for a Spur Award by the Western Writers of America for the best contemporary historical nonfiction book in the year 2007. One of his books was also selected by the Boise State University as a part of the syllabus for freshmen. Another book Starvation Heights was selected by the Washington Secretary of State for its annual literary program as a means for contributing towards the culture of the state. It was also used for adaptation for a stage play by Oregon playwright Ginny Foster, Portland and was a part of the National New Festival in 2008. The book was also selected to be adapted into a film by producer Jason Forgelson and Tracy Letts. Olsen has appeared on a number of international TV programs for discussing criminal cases. The young-adult novel ‘Envy’ written by Olsen was officially selected for the National Book Festival of Washington and by the Washington State Library. He lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, who is a graphic designer, their twin daughters and three chickens.

Olsen has been successful in giving the insights of the lives of people who are caught in unusual circumstances, by creating a detailed narrative. He has worked in a collaboration with author Lee Child on a collection of short stories. He has appeared on educational shows for the History and Discovery channels and various other national and international shows. Olsen’s popularity has also made him to appear in magazines such as the USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Redbook, Seattle Times and the New York Post. His book ‘Bodies of Evidence’ written along with author Rebecca Morris debuted in The New York Times bestseller list at #16 and another book ‘If Loving You is Wrong’ made it to #4 in the list. Apart from these, many other novels written by him have featured in the bestseller lists. Olsen has written many stand-alone novels and nonfiction stories along with few book series’. All the three novel series’ that he has written are very short, consisting of only a couple of books. His first novel series ‘Empty coffin’ comprised of two novels published in 2011 and 2012. They were titled ‘Envy’ and ‘Betrayal’.

In Envy, the city of Port Gamble in Washington is depicted as an “Empty Coffin” as it is covered with the darkness of winter. The city if full of criminal activities and truth is as far from the city as sunlight is from darkness. A character named Katelyn is seen as a depressed teen, regretting her miserable at one time. The next time, she is seen lying on a stainless steel slab with frosted skin and glassy eyes. No one knows the cause of her death. At some other place down the street, a pair of twins named Taylor and Haley Ryan are seen trapped in the encroaching darkness of winter. They are frightened by the news of Katelyn’s death and realize that they very much entwined in the Empty Coffin, which is circulating evil. Just as they are wondering about the truth about the death of Katelyn, they are pushed by an unknown force to uncover the truth. They believe it to be the soul of Katelyn, who is helping them to escape the Empty Coffin. Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out the truth about the culprits and the victims using their wits and twin-sense intelligence. As they proceed with the investigation, they come across even more disturbing dark truths. The novel was based on a true crime involving cyber-bullying that resulted in the death of a 13-year old girl, Megan Meier. It was well appreciated by the readers for its well-paced story and the natural unfolding of the events leading to the conclusion.

The supernatural elements of the novel were also praised by the reviewers. It shows the devastating effects of bullying prevalent in the society which needs to be stopped. Fellow writers regarded this story as a riveting page-turner that could not be stopped without finishing the whole story. It explores the serious issue of cyber-bullying in a well-crafted way. Olsen has been praised for the real life depiction of his characters and the intricate plots. The novel was a dark truth about the online anonymity that tears apart families and individuals due to its tragic consequences. With this novel, Olsen established himself as a true crime writer. He showed his caliber of writing crime novel by taking inspiration from the actual crime news and happenings in the society. It was an enjoyable experience for the mystery loving fans who liked the appeal of the crime genre.

The next installment of the series was an action-packed thriller named Betrayal. It shows a crime scene where a foreign exchange student is stabbed to death. The crime takes place just after a party and the victim is Olivia Grant. Her best friend is the prime suspect in the case and the twins Taylor and Hayley again strive hard with their limited intelligence to bring out the truth of Olivia’s death. They soon realize that nothing is what it looks and they have to look at every aspect of the case in great detail. The novel was inspired by real life case involving Amanda Knox. It featured all the real life crime solving techniques and suspenseful thrillers. It had the heart-stopping mysteries and ethical questions with a plenty of red herrings. As the twins move deeper and deeper into the crime, they come across the truth about a family member regarding their past. They suspect their family member to have carried out the crime and the worst kind betrayal of all.

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  • Elaine

    What is the next book after “The girl in the woods” or is it a stand alone book??