Sunday, July 17, 2011

Desires of the Dead (Body Finder #2) by Kimberly Derting

Genre: paranormal mystery
Series and Book #: Body Finder #2
Pages: 355

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.


I read The Body Finder back in May, and I didn't enjoy it. I had said that I may read the sequel, and when I happened upon it in the library, I decided, Whatever, I might as well give it a chance. And I'm somewhat glad that I did.

I still have problems with the sequel. I felt as if Kimberly enunciated words way more than she needed to, and I was tired of there being so much force behind the simplest words. And despite what the summary says, the story wasn't really about the little boy Violet found or the FBIs awareness of Violet's ability. It was about a person who was silently threatening Violet, trying to scare her, and that was the mystery. But it was a great mystery. Kimberly dropped hints suggesting who was threatening Violet, but she added the tiniest details that had you questioning who it really was. Once she told you who it had been, there was still a lingering mystery that held Violet's interest, and I was so intrigued by the story.

Unlike my concerns in The Body Finder, I don't think that Violet and Jay's relationship covered the mystery. I felt that the book was more about the threats than their relationship. There was still the subplot of Jay and Violet's love life, but I didn't think it was completely taking over the story.

Overall, much better than The Body Finder. I felt as if Kimberly had more mystery instead of romance. My favorite character was Chelsea, Violet's friend. I also thought that the new kids Mike and Megan were a brilliant add to the novel. I'm excited for The Last Echo, the next installment in the Body Finder series.

The Cover: Not as great as the first. I think the pink defeated the darkness that I think the book really is about. But I love the flower. It again reminds me of the echoes of the dead.

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