Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Desires of the Dead

Desires of the Dead
by Kimberly Derting

It's been three months since a serial killer nearly ended Violet's life, but now things are going well for her.  She's got great friends, decent grades, and a yummy boyfriend who would (and has) jumped in front of a gun for her.  

She's also got a stalker who seems to like leaving dead animals and threatening letters for her.

And there's the fact that there's a pesky woman who works with the FBI and her very cute teen partner who has his own secrets.

Add to all of that a couple of new students with their own trauma and the body of a boy in a storage container at a shipping yard and it seems that Violet's life will probably never go back to normal (whatever that is).  

When you're a girl who can sense the bodies of those killed by violence, is anything really normal?

Final thoughts:  I really liked The Body Finder and was hoping for more of the same from Derting with this second book.  Unfortunately, it got a little predictable at parts and definitely hit the repeat button a few times.  Violet makes a number of bad choices, the biggest being not confiding in anyone.  Throughout the book she keeps pushing people away, which seems stupid when just talking to a couple of people could have solved her problems in half the time.  Violet's connection with a new boy also leads me to think that future books are bound to have some romantic entanglements no matter how devoted she and Jay seem to be, especially since Derting basically kept shoving it in my face over and over again.

Rating: 3/5

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