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Monday, March 19, 2012

The Last Echo (The Body Finder #3) by Kimberly Derting: Book Review

The Last Echo
by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder #3
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 17, 2012)
Buy the Book:  Amazon
Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet's talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals--including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe--it's Violet's job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice.

When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by "the girlfriend collector" she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new "relationship" and Violet may have caught his eye....
If you haven't read The Body Finder, stop right now and BUY IT.   Or, go read my review, and then BUY IT!

At a Glance:

Kimberly Derting doesn't just do it again, she does it bigger, better, scarier, and more intensely than before!  The Last Echo was exhilarating and nerve-wracking, keeping you constantly on your toes and holding your breath the whole time!

So How Did This One Compare?

I adored The Body Finder, and really liked Desires of the Dead.  I think The Last Echo was every bit as good as book one.  It had a different feel than The Body Finder, though.  It was much creepier and darker.  While I thought The Body Finder was mostly fun and light with some creepy thrown in there, The Last Echo was the opposite.  I can't say that I liked one way more than the other, I just really enjoyed them both.

About the Creepy:

Wow!!  This book!!  I was seriously holding my breath 4/5 of the time!!  I kept expecting some horrible thing to happen at every possible moment.  Kim did an amazing job of building the suspense!  It was like one of those horror movies where the music builds and the main character turns around slowly, and you know she about to be stabbed in the face or something, but then a cat jumps out of the closet, and you finally breathe.  Of course, at some's not a cat anymore, and then you want to scream, DON'T OPEN THE FREAKING DOOR!!!  PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS!!  WHY ARE YOU ALONE??!!  You'd think that Violet, after being attacked by crazies multiple times, would know this, and that she would also learn kung fu, but no.  Instead she makes me have a panic attack, worrying about what's going to happen next.  And I must mention the sections from psycho-killer.  Like in the other books, Kim writes some sections from the killer's point of view.  This killer was crazier, freakier and more insane than he predecessors.  I have to say, I'm not sure I'd want to meet Ms. Derting in a dark alley.....this woman has a little too much insight into the mind of this crazy man.

Did the Romance Hold Up?

I was a little worried that I'd be completely sick of Jay by this time.  I mean, I love the guy, and I love him and Violet together, they're seriously the cutest couple ever.  But after awhile, I tend to get bored with couples that are all lovey-dovey.  I think that's why I loved Rafe so much in this book.  I love that he brought some tension to the relationship, and some questioning.  I know some people don't like a love triangle, but I seriously liked both of these guys, and I think Kim pulled it off fantastically!  If I were Violet, I just don't know what I'd do!!

Book 4?

While this book definitely had it's own arc, the ending left a BIG FAT OPENING for another book!  I'm so excited about this!  Especially considering the direction it looks like it may go in, and the fact that there will probably be a whole lot more Rafe tension!!  The only problem is, if the series continues to get scarier and scarier, I may not have any fingernails left by the time it's over!  Book 4 is set to release some time in 2013, which is forever away and I can't wait!!

Will I Buy It?

Um, yes.  It will join my other two beautiful hard cover copies.  You should buy it too!  Speaking of pretty covers, check out what Kim had to say about her covers in her guest post!

Book Doppelgangers:

Clarity by Kim Harrington, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

  • Profanity:  Moderate/Heavy
  • Sexual Content:  Mild
  • Violence:  Heavy
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  1. Sounds like a great book! I can't wait to read the crazier killer's POV!
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    1. It's awesome!!! And just be prepared to shiver!

  2. Omg I'm all tense just reading your review! I love this series, cant wait to read this! Awewsome review :D

    1. I was seriously scared to walk out to my car in the dark afterward! FREAKY!!

  3. I thought The Last Echo was right up there with The Body Finder too...and I had been terrified by the "last" in the title thinking that there wasn't going to be more, so glad that isn't the case!

    1. I know! I think this was the end too!! But, YAY, it's not!! I wonder if it will just keep going or what?!

  4. WHAT? Love triangle? Gahhhhh that really bugs me. But I guess I'll have to read it and find out if it's really that bad. :/

    1. Haha! Don't let the triangle discourage you, it really is more of a minor point, and not much of a triangle anyway! READ IT!!

  5. (Spoilers!!)

    I liked DOTD but this one was really up there with book one. The one question I had from TBF was answered in this book; "What would happen if... AHEM ended up killing someone?" To be honest it was about time they did end up killing someone, so many serial killers what's a girl to do?
    Aw the love triangle! You knew there was something up because Rafe was REALLY different from DOTD, at least where Violet was concerned. I didn't mind this triangle so much only because Violet and Jay are probably THE couple of the year (3 yrs running) and I don't think anyone or anything can come between them, I just felt sorry for Rafe. As long as Jay is part of Vi's life I don't see him having a chance.
    The killer was a fur-reak! Kimberly is really touching everyone's worst fears with her killers in each book, TBF and TLE ones being too real to ignore.
    And OMG that cliff-hanger!! CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!!!

    1. AHHHHHH!!!!! I'm so glad you loved it too!!! AND YES! I had the same question about what would happen if you know who did you know what. Now I'm like, is it forever?? Will she figure out some way to make it stop? It's driving me crazy! Can you imagine?

    2. It must be forever because an echo never really leaves does it? At least this echo is an okay one, it could've been much worse o_O It'll just become part of the background noise for her I think.


      I kept wondering if maybe someone would come along and teach her how to block out the noise, or maybe she would outgrow her ability, or someone has an ability that would turn it off or something. The thought of living with that forever, gives me a headache! haha

  6. Same here but I guess she'll just have to get used to it :(


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