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Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Title: Desires of the Dead

Author: Kimberly Derting

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: The Body Finder (Book 2)

Publication Date: February 15, 2011

Format: Hardcover, 368 Pages

ISBN-10: 0061779849 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0061779848 (Harper Teen)


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.

Quick & Dirty: This tale is a perfect mix of danger, romance and suspense.  Packed with tension and twists and turns, readers will be thrilled with this exciting story.

Opening Sentence: Violet leaned forward on her hands and knees over the frozen landscape.

Excerpt: Chapter 1-7

The Review:

Violet Ambrose is back, and she has another murder to solve.  Unfortunately for Violet, she’s drawn to death echoes.  After discovering another body, Violet tries to do the right thing and notify the authorities.  Turns out, that was a big mistake.  The FBI starts hounding Violet about her involvement in the investigation.  Someone wants her to disclose her talents, yet Violet knows that she can’t trust anyone else with her secret.  As if the events surrounding the investigation weren’t enough, Violet is also under siege from a stalker.  Troubled and feeling like she has nowhere to turn, Violet takes matters into her own hands.  As Violet struggles to turn to Jay in her time of need, someone just might be waiting in the wings to take her man and her life.

Desires of the Dead is the sophomore installment in The Body Finder series.  I loved The Body Finder so much that Ms. Derting instantly cemented herself a place on my auto-buy list.  Without a doubt, The Body Finder is one of the best YA books from 2010.  Ms. Derting succeeded in crafting a suspenseful story with an intriguing plot and compelling characters.  The characterizations are amazing and the villains are simply unforgettable.

In Desires of the Dead, Ms. Derting not only delivers another suspenseful storyline, she deftly weaves a gripping and HOT romance between Jay and Violet.  Their love story is blended beautifully throughout the story, so much so that you’ll have a hard time letting them go.  Despite the fact that their relationship has matured and that they have grown as characters, there is still an element of giddiness, innocence and newness to what they share.  The intimacy and sexual exploration that they share is not only sweet, emotional and realistic, it’s breathtaking.

While Desires of the Dead remains captivating and intriguing, it doesn’t have the same edge and fear factor as its predecessor, The Body Finder.  The suspense in this book will keep you on the edge of your seat, but it’s just not as intense as The Body Finder.  The serial killer element from the first book was riveting and down-right scary.  I loved the POV from the serial killer and the tone and atmosphere that it set for The Body Finder.

Overall, Desires of the Dead is definitely worth reading.  Beautifully written and clever, this suspenseful tale will leave you eagerly awaiting the next story.  This series manages to maintain pitch-perfect addictive romance, danger and excitement.  It’s everything that a reader could want.

Notable Scene:

The blackness was stifling, overwhelming.  She was afraid it was going to suffocate her.  But it was the cold that was unbearable.

She searched around her once more, exactly as she’d done every few moments for the hours — or days — that she’d been trapped inside.  Time had stopped holding any tangible meaning as seconds stretched into minutes, stretched into hours.  Stretched into days.

It was useless, her efforts futile.  There was no escape, and she already knew it, but her warning survival instincts refused to allow her to surrender…to accept her fate.

There was no light.  Not a trace.  Not even a flicker.

And no light meant no openings.

But she searched anyway, because she couldn’t give up, feeling with her fingertips along every surface she could find…the floor…the walls…the corners.  They were all too familiar to her now, and her skin was raw from probing the unyielding and punishing surfaces.

Panic took hold, again, and she screamed, beating her bruised fists against the walls that confined her.  The voice that came out of her mouth was foreign, even to her own ears.  It was weak and small.  It sounded like someone who had already conceded to death.

The darkness closed in on her, filling her lungs until it was hard to breathe and impossible to scream any longer.  The sounds of her stranger’s voice rasped and echoed around her until she found herself gasping to catch real air…clean air…undark air.

The Body Finder Series:

1. The Body Finder

2. Desires of the Dead

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FTC Advisory: HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Desires of the Dead .  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.  In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.

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One Response to “Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

  1. SarahNo Gravatar

    That sucks it wasn’t as scary and dark as the previous book in the series. I keep seeing The Body Finder title around. I really need to try it out, it has great reviews on GR at least.

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