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Product Details

  • Series: Body Finder
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061779849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061779848
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“[T]his absorbing suspense tale … stands out in the sea of supernatural fiction.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for The Body Finder:“The romance and the mystery in The Body Finder were so intense that I didn’t know whether to hold my breath or scream. I did know I wouldn’t be getting anything done until I read the whole book.” (Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely)

“You’ll be drawn in by the love story—and kept up all night by the suspense.” (Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Evernight series about The Body Finder)

“First–time novelist Derting has written a suspenseful mystery and sensual love story that will captivate readers who enjoy authentic high–school settings, snappy dialogue, sweet romance, and heart–stopping drama. A real page–turner, this will have readers checking behind themselves and refusing to go anywhere alone.” (Booklist about The Body Finder)

About the Author

Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.

More About the Author

Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, and THE TAKING series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.

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Customer Reviews

I am just sad that I now have to wait for the next book in the series.
Archimedes
Desires of the Dead picks up right where The Body Finder ending with Violet and Jay happily in love with each other.
Mariya M Davis
Kimberly Derting is great at crafting her stories and developing her characters.
Maddie Wilson

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cari VINE VOICE on February 15, 2011
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Desires of the Dead is the follow up to The Body Finder where Violet has the ability to find the dead if they are not properly laid to rest. She also sees a matching imprint on the killer which could make her extremely valuable if her gift is ever revealed. The only people who know about what Violet can do is her family, as it was passed through the women in her family, and also her best-friend-turned-boyfriend Jay. Jay learned about what Violet could do when they were kids and has always accepted who she is. There has been much swooning for Jay. When Violet finds an Echo, it seems to drain her of any energy until the body is put to rest. Jay is always by her side to keep her going but readers shouldn't get the impression that this makes Violet a fragile girl who needs to be saved; if anything, she doesn't run or hide from her gift.

On a regular outing with her friend, Violet finds an Echo calling to her and drawing her closer. Violet isn't able to do anything without her friend finding out, but that doesn't mean that she will stop. This particular Echo changes Violet's life in more ways than she could imagine. In helping, she attracts the attention of the FBI and realizes since Jay is now her boyfriend, she can't tell him everything as she did when they were best friends. Jay, as a boyfriend, wants to protect Violet and that might mean telling her parents about the dangerous situations she puts herself in; but Violet isn't ready to share everything with her parents.

With the FBI on her trail and Jay's overwhelming need to protect her, Violet also feels that she is being stalked. First, hang up calls and then, creepy gifts are left at her car and later, threatening letters. When she turns to Jay, she doesn't find the answers she needs and things get shaky.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Bennett on March 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Desires of the Dead, the mysterious and thrilling sequel to The Body Finder, is the perfect book to read curled up next to your fire with the wind howling and the fog settling outside your window. I couldn't have asked Mother Nature for a better setting in which to read this book--although I really could have done without the freezing rain.

As someone who is just delving into the supernatural/paranormal world in my reading, this series is an excellent start for me. These books are more of a mystery/thriller book with an underlying dash of the supernatural. This series is especially good for those who are reluctant to read anything out of the realistic YA genre. This series has reminded me of why I loved reading both Nancy Drew and anything by RL Stine or Christopher Pike as a young teen. I liked the suspense and feeling like I just couldn't read fast enough to figure out the mystery and I liked being creeped out. Ok, I lie. I slept with the light on most nights.

The first book ends with all the loose ends tied up so there aren't any lingering questions nagging at you when you begin this book and it was kind of nice to start fresh and get to see how Violet and Jay were doing since all the events of the first book. I was anxious to see what sort of shenanigans Violet would find herself in during this book and Derting didn't disappoint. She, again, had some alternating chapters written from the perspective of the "bad guy" but I honestly didn't find it as effective and as chilling as I did in the first book and that was something I really found to add to the creepy factor of the first book. Overall, I thought the first book was a little bit creepier and a little bit more action packed as it practically gave me a blister from flipping the pages all day.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aimee on February 16, 2011
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I've been waiting (im)patiently for this book to come out. After finishing the first book I was excited to know I had found something that was unique, fresh, and different from different ya paranormal books I have read. The second was no different! I just loved the book!

We are getting to see a different spin on this as we get through part of the book and I'm excited to see where this goes. The addition to the story, I think, will make for a very interesting series. And I'm glad the author didn't come right out and say what was going on. Kim left some mystery in there, so we are left guessing just where this might go. Normally I'm not a fan of stuff like this, since I just have to know, I think the anticipation and building will have me coming back for more... even if I can't seem to wait as patiently as I'd might like.

I don't know about you guys, but I love Violet and Jay. I was a bit worried in this book, but the struggles of the relationship just make it seem more real. As you all know, I'm not a fan of love triangles and that is what I love about this book. The relationship is strong, even if things aren't always alright. The only thing I'm not happy about is the wait for the next book. Oh well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Novel Novice on February 15, 2011
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Everything I loved about The Body Finder is back and better than ever with Desires of the Dead. It's wonderful to see Jay & Violet finally together, and to watch the trials that come along with a fledgling romance -- especially a romance that is rooted in so many years of friendship. Even in their most trying times, the relationship grounds the story in reality: these are the things every reader can relate to.

Meanwhile, Violet is still coming to accept her "gift" of hearing the echoes of the dead -- and as she struggles to accept her gift, she is suddenly faced with a decision. Should she continue using her gift to solve crimes? This decision is only made more difficult when one of her tips lands her under the watchful eye of the FBI, and one investigator in particular who could really be a good match for Agent Mulder from The X-Files. And then there's the intriguing new character of Rafe -- who probably isn't a potential love interest for Violet, but he certainly could be. More importantly, he may know more about her gift than he's letting on.

And much like The Body Finder, Derting once again takes advantage of her Pacific Northwest setting and maxes out its creepy potential. There's nothing like searching for a possible dead body in a dreary, drizzling, dark day to get your heart racing. Derting truly has a gift for suspense, and she plays to this advantage perfectly.

If you enjoyed The Body Finder, you will easily devour Desires of the Dead. The book is a superb paranormal crime-thriller meets YA romance. And if you haven't checked out this series yet, now is the time to do it. I can't wait to see what Derting has planned for Jay and Violet's next adventures.
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