Book Review: Dead Silence

Dead Silence CoverBook: Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

Published April 2013 by HarperCollins|400 pages

Source: E-book|Nook Store

Series: The Body Finder #4

Genre: YA Paranormal

Goodreads|Kimberly Derting’s Website

Summary: Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

Dead Silence is a great conclusion for this series!

One thing I loved was Violet connecting to her now-deceased grandmother through the journals her grandmother left behind.  I know her grandmother had the same ability, which was mentioned for sure in The Body Finder.  And I can’t remember if it came up in the other books, but I did like the connection between her team and the team her grandmother was on.  It’s all rather creepy, actually, because Violet’s team is comprised of people who had relatives that were part of the team her grandmother was on.  I’m sort of wishing that we got more glimpses of this super-secret group running her team.  We learned enough about them and what they do…and what they will do if you don’t do what they want.  Part of me wanted more, but there’s another part of me that’s okay with not knowing everything about this mysterious group because I love the air of mystery surrounding the series.

I really liked the random chapters following the serial killer.  It makes it more creepy, and it’s always a mystery to see the other person connects with Violet.

Seeing Violet deal with her own imprint was pretty interesting.  And her learning that there’s only an echo if the person has their heart was an interesting revelation- all thanks to her grandma.  Her discovery leads to her not walking around with her imprint, but she’s still dealing with what happened in the last book.  Which is totally understandable because killing someone- even when it’s self-defense- can’t be easy.

It was also nice to finally see Violet open up to her friend Chelsea.  Having the ability to find dead bodies can’t be easy, and sharing it with someone has to be hard, but it was nice to see her come to the realization that she needs to be more open with her friends.  And seeing the entry in her  grandma’s journal where her grandma had to move because of her ability because people found and thought she was crazy sort of put it into perspective.

The ending was pretty open, which leaves the door wide open for more books.  But things were also resolved enough that I’m okay with this one being the last book.

Final Thoughts:

I really liked Dead Silence, and thought it was a great last book.  I didn’t love it but overall, it fit with the other books so well.  Dead Silence gets 4 stars.


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