The Body Finder was one of my favorite books of 2010, so I was extremely excited when I found out there was going to be a sequel. I was very curious to see how Kimberly Derting would continue Violet’s story since the first book could very well be a stand-alone book. Whatever it would be, I was positive that I wanted to see more, lots more, of Violet and Jay as a couple. She completely delivered on that front!
Violet and Jay are one of the most amazing couples in Young Adult fiction, and I think a lot of it has to do with how well they know each other. They have numerous things in common, they’re considerate to one another, they have trust, love and definitely a lot of attraction. In this book, they become even more intimate, and those scenes when they are together are written beautifully! But like any couple, things aren’t always perfect, and Violet and Jay go through a rough patch that nearly killed me. I was in so much pain for them!
While in The Body Finder Violet’s family is in the forefront, in Desires of the Dead it’s her friends who have taken the spotlight. Chelsea and Claire have some of my favorite scenes in this book. As far as the new characters go, I’m really interested in seeing what roles Sara Priest and Rafe will play in future books.
Another thing I was happy to see was the chapters where we get to hear from “the bad guy”. It was one of my favorite things from The Body Finder…part of what made it so creepy was getting into the killer’s head. The ones in this book are more disturbing than creepy, but they were just as fascinating.
Kimberly Derting delivers another exciting, suspenseful mystery with Desires of the Dead. She kept me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, those last few chapters. If you’re looking for a book that will get your heart racing, from both the suspense and the romance, this is it. :)
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder #2
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: February 15th 2011
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult
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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.