Book Review: The Last Echo

The Last Echo CoverBook: The Last Echo by Kimberley Derting

Published April 2012 by HarperCollins|Pages: 368

Source: E-book|Nook Store

Series: The Body Finder #3

Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery

Goodreads|Kimberly Derting’s Website

Summary: In the end, all that’s left is an Echo.

Before, Violet’s morbid ability to sense the dead led her to uncover dark murders and long-buried secrets in her small town. Now that she’s working with a special investigative team, Violet hopes she can help even more people—whether by saving a life or catching a killer.

Although she’s relieved to finally be honest about what she can do, her instant connection with her mysterious partner, Rafe, is both confusing and unsettling, and their unique bond creates tension with her boyfriend, Jay. When she discovers the body of a college student murdered by “the collector,” Violet refuses to give up on the case. With her own relationship on the line, Violet doesn’t realize that the serial killer is looking to add to his collection and that she may have caught his eye. Will the life Violet has to save be her own?

I am totally liking this series!  We finally see Violet working for Sara’s team, and there’s certainly an assortment of characters she has to work with.

The thing I thought was interesting was the group that they work for- they are a very mysterious group of people that we never meet but know exist.  Violet gets kidnapped by a serial killer, and needs a break from working with the team…and is told by her therapist that she needs to work with the team, because the people they work for want her to.  And naturally, if she doesn’t, she’ll be risking the lives of her friends and family.  Like, on the one hand, I’m not surprised, and I kind of feel like they’re up to something.  There’s definitely something shady going on there.

Violet’s connection to Rafe was interesting, and I totally get the tension that it causes.  But, like, Violet has finally found some people who can do what she does, and even though she doesn’t seem to completely fit in, she finally has a group of people who know what it’s like to have a special ability.

I love how there’s so much mystery in this series, and in The Last Echo, we have a serial killer who takes a liking to Violet!  Naturally, he kidnaps her (as previously mentioned) and naturally, she gets away…with an imprint of her own, because she kills him in self-defense.  So, it’s no wonder she wants a break, and she has no idea how to explain it to her parents.  Because what I didn’t mention was that she has a meeting with her therapist, who tells her to stay with the tell or else, even though Sara said to take all the time she needed.  So…yeah…there’s something shady going on, especially since we see Violet take some pills to help her sleep and how they make her ability to find dead people less effective.

And Jay and Violet are absolutely adorable together, and I so want them to stay together!  I’m hoping that there isn’t a love triangle because of how long it took for Jay and Violet to get together.

Final Thoughts:

I love the mystery and how there’s a different villain in each book.  I didn’t love it, and I think a little bit of it might be because of her therapist telling her to come back or else.  There’s so much I really like about this series, and The Last Echo is a great addition to the series.  I’m definitely looking forward to the last book to see how everything resolves itself.

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