Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting


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


This is the second in the series by Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder being the first and my review for that can be found here)  This is a major warning for spoilers for the 1st book in this review but it IS SPOILER FREE for this book.

So we know that Violet is special and not just because she’s got a talent at school or generally well liked.  She can sense the dead but not just anything that has died; the dead animals and people that have suffered in their death.  Murder victims, suicides, road accidents and this isn’t an easy gift to bear when you’re a teenage girl that is trying to make it through high school without anyone else finding out your secret.  Violet and Jay are still very much blissfully in love when we meet them again in Desires of the Dead which I’m SO happy about because I love Jay and I love those two together.  In the last book I was getting actual achey pains in my chest when it was all ‘will they; won’t they’.  That rarely happens to me so it’s a general sign of great writing and I just love how Kimberly Derting builds her characters and the sense of dread and danger through out her books.

In the 1st Body Finder book we had a serial killer on the loose and this time its the death of the past that is haunting the present.  It’s forcing Violet to keep secrets to those she loves and risking exposing and revealing her secret to those she doesn’t know.  She has to decide if telling people the truth about her gift is worth the risk or will it just put them into harms way.  With two new kids at school, one of which is best buds with Jay, Violet has to get used to new people in her life while she’s also being stalked by a mystery person leaving her on edge.

I think I loved the characters and how they developed in this book more in this book than the last.  Violet and Jay’s relationship was EPIC.  They are just so cute together and a big high five for role reversal (Violet very much wants “things” to progress quicker than Jay does).  Jay is her knight in armour but Violet isn’t a damsel in distress; she can fight her own battles and this can cause some friction between them but I kind of like that it’s not perfect 24/7.

I did wish that the plot had a few more twists and turns like the 1st book which had me doing the awkward gasping in public when you get TOO into a book on the train but it was still full of questions and that lurking danger like The Body Finder; just wanted more.

I’ve already got The Last Echo, the 3rd book, on my TBR and it’s calling me like one of Violet’s death echo signals.

Rating:  8/10

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  1. This series is one of my favourites! But I agree completely, the plot of the first book was just that tiny bit better. The Last Echo is really good though! Just not as much Jay 🙁 Great review!

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