Dying To Be Her – Gregg Olsen

Olivia Grant is a foreign exchange student from England, who winds up in rainy Port Gamble, Washington, far removed from the Hollywood type people she had hoped to meet. On the fateful night that opens this novel, she’s attending a Halloween party at the home of Brianna Connors, while Brianna’s Dad is out of town. Feeling a bit under the weather from whatever she’s consumed, she curls up in Brianna’s bed to take a nap, only to wake to find an assailant standing over her, quickly becoming a homicide victim. 

Taylor & Hayley Ryan, twin sisters with very unique extrasensory abilities, are both awakened by the sense that something is very wrong. As they communicate their concerns with one another telepathically, they both agree that they hadn’t felt something like this in quite a while. It’s not until the next day that they receive a text message from their friend Beth, providing them with the shocking details of Olivia’s stabbing. 

When Annie Garnett, the local police chief, arrives on the scene, she’s astonished at the lack of empathy displayed by the spoiled, rich Brianna Connors and her equally spoiled boyfriend Drew, as they lament their party being spoiled by a murder. She’s also disgusted when she receives word of Brianna & Drew being seen shopping at Victoria’s Secret the day after the murder. Brianna is also using the murder to boost her own notoriety on social media.  Then, Brianna and Drew disappear. Meanwhile, a class assignment has the twins digging through boxes of old family photos, where they find old newspaper clippings that tell a very different story of past events that what they’ve come to know…

As Taylor & Hayley do their own investigating into events, both past and present, they begin receiving texts from an unknown person they deem ‘Text Creeper’. Emboldened by their discoveries, they plan to meet ‘Text Creeper’ in a public setting, instead they end up fleeing for their lives – but at the same time, the girls make a startling discovery…

As with all of Brian Olsen’s books, this one grabbed my attention from the first page and didn’t let me go, with me frantically flipping pages into the early AM hours. I’ve read many of his novels over the years but had totally missed this one – and the one that precedes it, which reportedly involves many of these same characters. This is be easily read as a standalone, especially if you don’t know otherwise! But, I’ll be heading to Amazon to check out the twins past exploits in just a second!  

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