Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Desires of the Dead
By: Kimberly Derting
Source: Bought E-book
Released: February 15, 2011
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"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." (summary from

Kimberly Derting's Desires of the Dead is the exciting and surprising sequel to The Body Finder. Violet, who can sense the echoes of the dead, finds herself using her unique ability once again when she catches the attention of the FBI after discovering the body of a young boy. The FBI is interested in using Violet's gift, but she has kept this part of her life a secret for so long.  Aside from all of the problems Violet is facing, she is unknowingly being watched by someone with a dark obsession. 

Violet and Jay's relationship goes through many ups and downs throughout the book. They were first best friends who could tell one another anything, but as their relationship grows and changes, Violet is finding it difficult to trust and open up to him. Jay is also spending much of his time with the new kid, Mike, and Violet finds herself competing for his attention. Both Violet and Jay have many flaws, but this is what makes their characters and relationship realistic.

Desires of the Dead is as dark and suspenseful as The Body Finder. Derting once again creates a mystery for the reader to solve alongside Violet. The writing flows easily from one page to the next and several chapters are told from the perspective of a mysterious character obsessed with Violet. New and interesting characters are introduced, and I personally am intrigued to read more about Rafe. Characters from The Body Finder also return, such as Violet's hilarious friend, Chelsea. I could not put this book down once I started it and completely devoured it in one day. The ending leaves the story open for many possibilities. Desires of the Dead will not disappoint and I can not recommend this book enough.  

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