Book Review: Desires Of The Dead

Desires Of The Dead CoverBook: Desires Of The Dead by Kimberly Derting

Published February 2011 by HarperCollins|Pages: 384

Source: E-book|Nook Store

Series: The Body Finder #2

Genre: YA Paranormal

Goodreads|Kimberly Derting’s Website

Summary: 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 have no idea why it took me a while to pick up Desires Of The Dead.  I’m wishing I started this one months ago, because I am really liking this series!

I find Violet’s ability to sense the echoes of those who have been murdered really intriguing, and it didn’t come as a surprise that there are others who have their own abilities.  I’m really curious as to how this is going to play out in the rest of the series, because I have an inkling that it will become more important in the books to come.  Also interesting is that Violet has caught the attention of the FBI when she discovers the body of a missing child…which is how we learn about others with abilities in the first place.  I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Violet help out with cases, especially since her ability can be a pretty useful one.

I love Jay and Violet together, and their relationship was definitely interesting.  I’m not sure how I feel about Mike’s sister hating Violet and Jay as a couple- it felt too random and a little out of place.

Speaking of Mike and his family…I get their role in the book and how they were important to Violet deciding to work with FBI Sara.  They are pretty important but thinking about it now, it also felt really random.  Still, I loved how Derting is able to tell Violet’s story and have the occasional chapter highlighting the thoughts of her stalker.  There’s the same sort of creepiness in Desires Of The Dead that you saw in The Body Finder.  That mysterious creepiness wasn’t as strong as it was when I read The Body Finder, but it was still there.

I just love all the mystery, and it’s just so fun to see what happens to Violet.  It was a hard book to put down, and Derting does a great job at making you want to know what happens next!

Final Thoughts:

I absolutely LOVED Desires Of The Dead!  It was a fun read that was hard to put down, and Derting does a great job with keeping the story going.  I wasn’t at all bored, and I totally understand Violet’s reluctance to tell people what’s going on.  I’m really excited to read the next one in the series.  Desires Of The Dead gets 5 stars!

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