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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Book Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder #2
Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Thriller
Publication.Date:February 15, 2011
Pages:355 (hardcover)
Published By:  HarperCollins Children's Books
Website:Kimberly Derting 

Desires of the Dead on Goodreads
My review copy:
Borrowed from local library

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The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found. Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally, she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.


She washed and changed quickly, trying to banish the disturbing sensation that lingered making her shiver long after the wintry cold had faded. The unsettling awareness that someone had left her a message tonight.
Jay sat down across from Chelsea and took both of her hands in his. The oversized lunchroom was buzzing with activity, and he practically had to yell to be heard

"Chelsea, for the love of everything good and holy, please . . . please stop running my friend."
She'd been so afraid of letting anyone else get hurt because of her.

But now she knew; now she understood it wasn't her fault. None of it. She couldn't help what she did, what she was capable of, any more than if she'd been born without the ability to find the dead. It was just part of who she was.

I loved The Body Finder. The narration was tense and the plot shocking. Desires of the Dead was still good, but I did not enjoy it as much. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, it just felt more like a filler novel than a sequel and I was slightly disappointed by that.

Violet is having a rough time after dealing with the events of The Body Finder. She isn't sleeping well and has turned into herself, not wanting to upset her parents or Jay. Unlike The Body Finder, there isn't a murder roaming around town who becomes interested in Violet, this time the party obsessed individual wants Violet's life. Not in the "I'm going to kill you" way, but in the "I want to be you" way. While not as tense, I do appreciate the fact that Kimberly isn't doing murderer after murderer after murderer. Because how many serial killers can one small town have? Am I the only one who has that pet peeve?

Violet catches the attention of an FBI agent after finding the body of a small boy in a shipping container. This agent seems to know more about Violet's situation than she's letting on and is, rightfully so, wary this woman and her associate Rafe. Both are hiding things from Violet, trying to get her to truth them, while Violet attempts to figure out if they can be trusted and the reasoning behind their deep interest in her and her ability.

As far as the characters, I simply adore Jay. He and Violet simply have the cutest relationship. I honestly think the years they spent as friends have truly solidified their romantic relationship, even when they aren't on the same page. Violet is the main character that I like, but annoy me to no end when they don't talk to their friends / family and try handle everything themselves.

Without getting too deep into spoiler territory, the ending is where this book found its niche. The ending is tense and nerve wracking; the reasons I enjoyed this series in the first place. Desires of the Dead has a good story line, and I really enjoyed addition and the plot points that came about with the FBI, but I did find it to be a bit too predictable. I'll be interested in seeing what happens with The Last Echo and cross my fingers that the tension and and creep factor from The Body Finder will show up again.

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