by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder #2
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (March 15, 2011)
Author's Website: http://kimberlyderting.com/index.php
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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.
If you haven't read THE BODY FINDER, you will want to read it before reading this review. Check out my review here.
I can't tell you how excited I was to be able to get an advanced copy of Desires of the Dead. Thanks so much to Harper Teen for sending me a review copy! The Body Finder was one of my absolute favorite reads this year, so when I got this book in the mail, I dropped everything to read it! TBR list? What TBR list? I wasn't disappointed!
Desires of the Dead picks up where The Body Finder left off. Violet and Jay are just as disgustingly adorable as they were before, but Violet is haunted by the things that have happened to her. The book takes a different tone this time. Where I felt the first book was upbeat, funny, and cheerful (I know, strange considering the storyline), this book was much more somber. I feel like Violet bordered on depressed throughout most of the book. This is completely understandable considering what she has had to go through, and also considering the agonizing choices that she is having to make. But instead of leaning on Jay, and confiding in him, she begins to pull away from him, and the secrets take their toll on her and on their relationship. It was so frustrating to see her withdrawal, and consistently put herself in danger, making the same mistakes over and over. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her and scream, "DON'T GO OFF ALONE!! Especially when you have a creepy stalker!" *Shakes head in disbelief* I'm pretty sure that's what Jay wanted to say to her too! :)
The romance between Violet and Jay was very steamy. I really do adore them together. I think he is so ridiculously good to her. He's romantic and thoughtful, always putting what's best for her first. I do think the romance went a little overboard in this one. My daughter was reading a book recently and said she almost felt like a third wheel when she read about the heavy romance between the two main characters. That's kind of how I felt with this book. But the relationship between the two of them was still really cute, and the romantic tension later in the story was fierce. I felt so much emotion.....
The mystery, suspense, twists and turns are almost as intense in this book as in the last one. Early in the story, you get a glimpse into the mind of a very disturbed girl who is out to get Violet. Kimberly does such an amazing job, pulling you into the thoughts of not just the main character, but also this other strange and sinister mind. My own mind was spinning, constantly coming up with different scenarios of who was out to hurt Violet and why. By the end of the book, I was exhausted! My heart was pounding right up to the last chapter!
You may want to know: This book contains some heavy cuss words, a moderate amount of violence, some heavy make-out scenes, and a somewhat detailed sex-scene between teens. For more details, go to Desires of the Dead on Parental Book Reviews.