Hardcover: 355 Pages
Published: February 15, 2011
Series: The Body Finder
1. The Body Finder
2. Desires of the Dead
3. Last Echo
4. Dead Silence
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.
Violet and Jay are continuing their journey from book one. They are still drawn to each other and Violet's ability to sense the unsettled dead is getting stronger. More than anything this book is based around the growth of Jay and Violet's relationship, the trust that is earned between a new couple, and receiving help from unexpected people.
After an incident at the dance in the previous book, Violet has decided to help the secret FBI group of people who share her abilities. This secret group of teens help the FBI find murders and bring them to justice. After the events of the previous book, Violet is hesitant to jump into action because not only her life is at risk, but that of her friends and families as well. When dead bodies start showing up again, Violet is more determined than ever to find the killer and put him behind bars.
My favorite part was how Derting incorporated the killers POV in between chapters. It was creepy and thrilling at the same time to see what the killer was doing and planning. But when the killer accidently gets his eyes set on Violet, the plot changes very quickly. Instead of random girls being murdered, the killer is planning on murdering Violet. However, she doesn't know that he is after her, but the reader does. So you can only imagine how far off the cliff I was while this scene was playing before my eyes. At numerous times I was yelling and to my surprise the characters wouldn't listen to my warnings... Overall, I think this murder mystery will keep anyone on their toes. Derting was successfully able to create a story where not only the reader was in the dark but the characters as well.