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Desires of the Dead

Desires of the Dead

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By (author) Kimberly Derting

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  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 131mm x 196mm x 24mm | 235g
  • Publication date: 17 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0755378962
  • ISBN 13: 9780755378968
  • Sales rank: 57,131

Product description

Violet and Jay are finally dating, but adjusting to the new relationship is not as easy as Violet anticipated. Especially when she has to split Jay's time and attention with his new best friend, Mike, and Mike's pesky younger sister - who happens to be obsessed with Jay. Meanwhile, when Violet's special abilities lead her to the body of a young boy, her tip to the police puts her on the radar of the FBI. Violet tries to fend off the FBI's questions while maintaining the semblance of a normal life, but somebody's leaving her threatening notes and an echo around Mike's house reinforces that all is not right. Violet is forced to admit that perhaps the only people who can help her figure it out are the very people she's desperate to avoid - the FBI.

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Kimberly Derting is a full-time writer who lives in Western Washington state with her husband and three children.

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By Moodyno1 22 Mar 2014 3

Favourite Quote: “Sometimes not knowning was better. Easier. And maybe even safer.”

This is a re-read for me and the first time I rated this book a 5/5 stars, however now a few years later reading it again, I give it a 3/5 stars!

The main reason I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one was the plot! I felt this one was much less frightening and exciting, at least until the last couple of chapters! I also guessed most of the twists from earlier on which kind of ruined my enjoyment! But overall the plot was okay, but I hope the next book’s is even better!

Another reason why I dropped a star was Violet! The first half of the book I just couldn’t connect with her. She was being childish, immature and selfish! So I never really liked her. Some of the decisions she made I felt were reckless and some I would never do, so again I couldn’t connect. During the second half, she was okay again but I still don’t like her as much as I did in the first book! As for the other characters, I loved Jay just as much as the first book! And the rest of the side characters were funny or interesting so that was a plus!

Overall I didn’t enjoy this as much second time round and the first is well better in my opinion! Neverless I will be continuing with this series!

By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012 5

Several weeks have passed since the incidents of THE BODY FINDER. Now that Violet and Jay have changed their status from best friends and to more than friends one could think their relationship wouldn't be intriguing anymore. Although they are together neither has lost his unique personality. Both protagonists develop new sides of their personalities and show that they can ,beside being together, still be two individuals.

Kimberly Derting generously considered our demand for more Jay and Violet and wrote so many more exciting, romantic and steamy scenes that one has to love DESIRES OF THE DEAD only on their account.

Violet is finally willing to explore the wide possibilities of her talent to sense the dead and Jay more than ever determined to protect her. There were times Violet annoyed me with her stoic and reckless behaviour, but in the end it were the conflicts, are always the conflicts that awake my interest.

With the new case Violet is eventually thrown into and the involvement of the FBI, new dimensions of her ability are demonstrated. We get a glimpse of the working methods of the FBI and meet many new characters that communicate a different spirit than already established characters.

We meet Sarah who works for the FBI and her assistant Rafe who is the most mysterious character in this series so far. Although Violet has a relationship with Jay there is something that also connects her with Rafe. He knows things he couldn't know and does things he shouldn't do.
I sense a love triangle emerging and am really anxious to read about the relationship and feelings between the three of them. As I already stated I am team Jay , but I can't resist that pull to excitingly new character Rafe. I really want to find out what's the matter with him and which role he plays in Violet's life. He seems to have a special ability of his own and I cannot wait for Derting to reveal it.

The new murder case is not the only criminal and immoral incident that is thematised. A new family has moved to town with a bunch of secrets in tow. I don't want to go into detail, you should find out yourselves.

As in THE BODY FINDER Derting's writing is excellent and absorbing. She writes about the darker sides of life and the wicked thoughts of the human mind and is totally authentic and believable. Her language is rich, her characters are interestingly edgy and her story well-developed.

The story is told from Violet's point of view on the one hand, on the other we also hear thoughts and witness actions of another narrator. This person is not as insane as THE BODY FINDER murderer, but sometimes just equally creepy. Derting plays with her readers and our loyalty towards Violet when applying a second point of view that is determined by the hatred for Violet and whose actions are directed towards the goal of Violet's destruction.

I am more than thrilled about Derting's announcement of two more novels in THE BODY FINDER series and I am terribly curious to find out what happens next, which other bodies haunt Violet and if someone or somewhat could be able to come between this special something that connects Jay and Violet.

THE VERDICT

DESIRES OF THE DEAD can definitely fulfill the desires of every reader in search for a phenomenal novel with high creep 'n' cuddle factor!

By Joy Chuah Xin Yee 30 Sep 2011 4

A great sequel to The Body Finder. I like it but wasn't really adsorbed into it this time around. Desires of the Dead somehow lacked the thriller-ish atmosphere I loved in the first book but nevertheless, Kimberly Derting still did manage to surprise me with the twist in the plot. I'm looking forward to read&learn more about the brooding and mysterious Rafe. I hope there won't be any love triangles. Please. It gets pretty tiring after awhile. I also hope we see more of Mike too *fingers crossed*. Poor Chelsea.

By Maryam H 15 Mar 2011 4

I talked a lot about Jay in my review of The Body Finder and I'll probably do the same now... I love him! He is so utterly and unbearably perfect!

I still love Jay and Violet's relationship in this book. I was sort of worried that it would be all clichéd and that it wouldn't develop from the last book but I wasn't disappointed. It developed even more really well and seemed to be realistic and natural making it really believable which helps the whole story.

I loved how one chapter leads to the next. There was a really nice flow to the story which made one event lead into another flawlessly. It definitely made this another unputdownable book. I read it entirely in two sittings it was that engrossing.

The tension and suspense build up was excellent. It really sent shivers down my spine at times which is always a good thing!

One thing I didn't really like though, was that the plot got a bit predictable at times. It wasn't enough to put me off, and even if I guessed what was going to happen I still enjoyed reading about it when it did eventually happen!

I can only hope that more from Kimberly Derting comes soon!

Review quote

In this absorbing suspense tale, 16-year-old Violet has a special ability: Dead bodies call out to her, demanding that she find them. This sequel to The Body Finder (2010) easily stands on its own as a new, separate story, with only minimal references to the earlier book. Even better, Derting convinces readers to believe in Violet's supernatural ability, perhaps because it stands out in the sea of supernatural fiction... The author paces the story beautifully, weaving together several story lines as she inches up to the final, desperate scene. As Violet's difficulties increase, readers see her finally begin to learn that she may find more satisfaction through using her gift to help others than by guarding her own privacy. Imaginative, convincing and successful suspense. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up) Kirkus