Thursday, February 17, 2011

Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder, #2) by Kimberly Derting

Title: Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder, #2)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Harper Collins
ARC, 358 pages
Date Published: February 15, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

When Violet Ambrose's morbid ability to sense the echoes of those who've been murdered leads her to the body of a young boy, she draws the attention of the FBI. She is reluctantly pulled into an investigation that will endanger more than just her secret...but her relationship and possibly her life as well.
Violet Ambrose has the strange ability to sense the dead. She picks up on echoes of those that have been murdered and the corresponding echo to their killers. This time around, Violet is pulled into an FBI investigation and meets someone who may know a little more about her than she expected.

The Body Finder opened the door to Violet’s world of dead bodies and piqued my morbid curiosity. Desires of the Dead delivered the story that I was so desperately hoping for. Violet’s ability is further explored, as is the nature of keeping it from the people around her. Violet has kept her ability a secret her entire life, only telling her family and her best friend – turned boyfriend, Jay, but now, someone from the outside seems to know. The FBI’s involvement in Violet’s world forces her to really consider what her ability means. At the same time, and she grows as a character.

The people that surround Violet, namely Jay and her friends from school, become much more three dimensional this time around. Her relationship with Jay heats up and I was happy to him as more than just her best friend/boyfriend. He comes into his own and I’m finally seeing his allure.

Packed with mystery, a good deal of humor (thank you Chelsea), and a creepiness I’ve come to expect from a novel about a girl who finds dead bodies, Desires of the Dead is even better than the first. Derting’s writing is vivid and illustrious – I could see, hear, and feel everything that surrounded Violet. I became entangled in her world and the echoes that assault her senses. And while the ending did have a bit of finality to it, I could see Violet’s story continuing, but I’m not sure if I want it to because I'm not sure if it could top this one.

Opening line: Violet leaned forward on her hands and knees over the frozen landscape. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines: Here, she could hide away without pretending to be anything other than what she really was:
    A girl who found dead bodies. ~ pg. 53
And this one is perfect:
Magical, Violet thought, the desires of the dead. And even as the pain reclaimed her, she was acutely aware that the nature of her ability was nothing less than miraculous.
    In that moment, it was a thing of beauty. ~ pg. 324

*This is the ARC version and lines, cover art, etc. may be subject to change before official publication
Spectacularly creepy - easily 4.5
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Bere said...

Oh my, wonderful review, Nikki! I just got this one in the mail today and I seriously cannot wait to dive in. When I read The Body Finder I couldn't believe I had taken that long to pick it up and when I did I so totally fell in love. I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed this one. Thanks, Nikki, I'm so excited =D.

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