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Desires of the Dead: A Body Finder Novel Hardcover – February 15, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Body Finder Series

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Body Finder (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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*mild spoilers*
I don't know, maybe it's me, but when I repeat the same process, expecting a different result, I generally mumble to myself, "what an idiot". Only Violet never seems to have these lightbulb moments. I'd blame it on her being a teenager, except I know plenty of teens and that's an insult to every one. This was the primary reason I had an issue with this novel. Despite the fact that her "wandering ways" has proven to be practically deadly, to her and Jay, there she goes, traipsing into shipyards and through snowdrifts in the woods. What?? Did you not learn anything in the first book? Do you simply refuse to act like reasonable person? Who goes out into the woods, knowing a killer is in their midst, in the dead of the night? I get the whole "pull" to uncover the dead thing, but do you lose all ability to be rational? It was frustrating and a cop out. Surely there were other methods available to build the necessary tension without making the protag seem like a moron.

Anyway, enough ranting. If you can get past the above, the balance of the story is well crafted. The various arcs wove together nicely and the new cast of characters added intrigue and mystery. That being said, what's the deal with Chelsea? One sec she's a bitch, the next she's vapid, after that she's empathetic and concerned? Huh? I just didn't get it and if it keeps up in book three I might poke my eyes out.

Lastly, I'd like to see Violet evolve. Yep, that's right, I'd like to see her move beyond the whole "whoa is me, I can't tell anyone my secret, I have to lie to my family and boyfriend" thing. It's boring already. Grow up.
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Even though Violet just got Jay, already she feels like she's losing him--as a friend and boyfriend--to a new kid named Mike. A lot has been happening to Violet, but she feels that since her and Jay are more than friends now she can let him in as much as she used to. When Violet make what she thinks is an anonymous phone call to the police regarding an echo she found leading to storage container, she hopes that they will take car of it and she will no longer be drawn to it. What Violet doesn't count on is being found out. Somehow now she has drawn the attention of the FBI and they want her ability. Her secret has always been just that, a secret, and she doesn't know if she can, or wants to let someone else in. When she needs help of her own though, she might just agree to help someone else in return for a little assistance. Even if all her detective work leads to her and her friends ending up in harm's way.

Once again Kimberly Derting brings all her weapons to the table to craft a creepy and crazy story. This second novel wasn't quite as creepy as the first one, especially by way of the killer's voice that is interspersed through the novel. It was weird seeing Violet not able to talk to Jay, and having him be so super protective of her. It's great that they are together and maybe by the third book they'll have worked out some of their communication issues. I totally appreciate that Kimberly knows how to end a novel. Heck, she knows how to end a page. Everything was closed off at the end of the story, so that there could be more, but you don't have to wonder how the story will end until you can read the next novel. I guess this book could stand alone, but I think you would lose a little understanding if you had not previously read The Body Finder.
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