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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Book Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder, #2) 
Synopsis (from Goodreads):   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.

My Thoughts:  So I signed up for a tour of the third book in this series, The Last Echo, thinking I had read this one only to find out that I actually hadn't!  So I bought it and read it right away as I loved The Body Finder.

I was sadly disappointed in this one.  There were so many things I didn't care for and many times I stopped to try and remember why I loved the first one so much.  This wasn't a horrible book but remembering how quickly I read The Body Finder and how enthralled I was with it, I was very let down.

First and most annoying was Violet!  She was jealous, put herself in danger SO many times, wouldn't open up to anyone and overreacted to stupid things while not reacting at all to important things.  I seriously wanted to smack her.  She gets phone calls from an FBI agent after finding the body of a dead boy and she won't tell anyone about it.  The FBI agent does not suspect Violet but has some questions for her and Violet refuses to talk to her, even when it could help her.

Now, let me go into all the times Violet went off by herself despite her claims that she didn't want to worry anyone.  Really?!  How completely stupid can one person be?  Especially at the end!  I almost threw the book out the window (which would have been tragic since it was on my Nook Color) because I was so mad at Violet!

Jay is too perfect in this one.  He puts up with all of Violet's secrets, even when he sees her with another guy.  She offers no explanation and while she knows Jay is "upset" he still puts his arm around her and tells her it is okay.  Really?  Hmmm....

I did like the addition of Mike and Megan.  Although their story was predictable and I actually knew "who done it" long before the book was over, they added a lot of new excitement.  I also liked the addition of Rafe and Sara and only wished we could get to know them better.  I am hoping in the next book we will.

So, I will stay on the tour for the last book and hope it is better than this one.  Hopefully Violet gets smart and quits being so whiny and annoying.


1 comment:

  1. I felt the same way about this one. I loved THE BODY FINDER, though, so I think I'll read the last one just to see how the story wraps up. I also just finished Derting's dystopian novel, THE PLEDGE, and I really liked it. If you like that kind of thing, you should check it out!