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I Belong

Review: Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

Dead SilenceTitle: Dead Silence

Author: Kimberly Derting

GenreYA Mystery

SeriesThe Body Finder (Book #4)

Publication Date: April 16, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 389 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062082221 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062082220 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

Quick & Dirty: Great book full of suspense, romance, and fantastic characters. The Body Finder series is one of my all time favorite young adult mysteries ever!

Opening Sentence: Jay hit the door with his shoulder, but it didn’t splinter beneath his weight or anything so dramatic.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Violet has finally felt that she is in more control of her ability to find the bodies of the murder victims and their killers. But now she has an imprint of her own and she feels like her control is starting to slip. She wants nothing more than to finish her senior year and spend time with her boyfriend, Jay. However, the people that run the special crime unit she is a part of won’t let her quit and they have made threats to the people she cares about most.

Violet is drawn to a horrific murder scene where a family was brutally killed. One of her friends becomes a suspect and to clear his name she must find the true killer. As the killing spree continues, Violet must use her unique ability to try and tract the madman that has to be stopped. As she gets closer she realizes that she’s not just putting herself in danger, but all those she cares about as well.

Violet is just as cute as she was in the first book. From the very beginning of this series, I felt a huge connection with Violet. She was so easy to love with her sweet demeanor and loyalty. In true Violet fashion she tends to make some dumb mistakes and gets herself into unfortunate situations, but her flaws just make her more likeable. She grows so much as a person throughout the series and it was wonderful to see the amazing woman she has become. I am so sad to see the end of her journey and I will really miss her.

Jay is such a stud! He is such a great guy and the way he treats not only Violet, but everyone, really is so endearing. He is one of those guys that is always trying to help whenever he can and makes everyone feel good about themselves. His relationship with Violet hasn’t been perfect, but it has been realistic. I wish that there would have been a few more Jay moments in the story, but the parts that he did have were perfect and he has become one of my favorite book boys.

I loved this series and I am really sad to see it end. Just like its predecessors, Dead Silence was brimming with suspense, romance, and creepy serial killers. The characters that Derting created are so engaging and easy to connect with. The plot is full of intrigue and keeps you guessing until the very end. I actually binge read the whole series this week and found that I couldn’t put it down until I was finished. There were a few things I didn’t like about this book. The first one being that there was another love interest for Violet. I felt that it was completely unnecessary and added drama that was slightly annoying. The second thing that I wasn’t a huge fan of was the ending. It’s not a bad ending but it was left very open ended and I was left with a lot of unanswered questions. I don’t mind leaving some things up to the imagination but instead of filling satisfied like I wanted to, I was left wanting so much more. I don’t know if there will be anymore books in this series, but I hope that there is or at least a spin off series with some of the secondary characters because I feel like the story isn’t quite finished. With all of that being said, I still really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys a good mystery.

Notable Scene:

She’d known there would be bodies. Of course she’d known it, she told herself, as she shoved her palm against her mouth to keep from screaming out loud.

She stayed frozen like that, with her hand stuffed in her mouth as she leaned against the window for several long seconds … minutes … or possibly hours.

She couldn’t tear her gaze away from them.

All three of them.

Her vision was nearly blocked now as the colors of the kaleidoscope echo swirled and whorled and erupted in front of her eyes, leaving only gaps through which she could see.

But it was enough.

She could make out their sightless eyes. And their gaping wounds. And exposed throats.

The Body Finder Series:

1. The Body Finder

2. Desires of the Dead

3. The Last Echo

4. Dead Silence


FTC Advisory: HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Dead Silence. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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