Book Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Title: Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder#2 Series)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 0061779849

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.


I was on a cross road for this book – I can’t seem to decide if I like it or not. Desire of the Dead was definitely better than The Book Finder but it still has disappointing issues. I’ll try to lay everything down for you guys.

First, there’s Violet. Stubborn and over sensitive. Violet is too much drama for me to handle. She has issues with a lot of stuff, too much stuff that isn’t as important as it should be but she’s worried/bothered/or angry about (can’t even decide which is which). Unnecessary on my opinion. Next is Rafe. I get that Derting is prepping this character for the next book but seriously the introduction was lacking. I know he’s special and he’ll be a big part of the next book, that’s it. That’s all I know and that is irriating, the lack of information to go on to but also a great strategy to lure readers for the next book. Serial killer angle – again with this one. Like the first book, this is lacking here BIG TIME. It’s like, there’a case, everybody is scrambling to solve the case, then there’s Violet finding the echo, and case close. That’s it. Ohhh there’s a little confrontation. Itsy bitsy part and then everything is wrapped up quickly. See where my problem lies?

Overall, Desires of the Dead as way better than The Body Finder. The momentum is definitely going up and I believe that book 3 would be awesome or I hope it would be gauging on how Derting builds up the story from the first book to this so I am looking forward to that. Would I recommend this book – hmmmmmm that remains questionable although I would suggest that you read The Body Finder first, if you enjoy that one then yes I can recommend this. If by any chance you didn’t like the first story, reading Desire of the Dead is entirely up to you. Great story, awesome pacing – with all its flaws it is still a notch higher than The Body Finder so it lands on a 3 stars rating for me. 🙂

The Body Finder Series

1. The Body Finder

Book Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Body Finder (The Body Finder#1 Series)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Pages: 327
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 0061779814

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer… and becoming his prey herself.


Violet can sense the dead, a gift that is very unique but haunting. Not only can Violet “hear” the dead but she can also remember their echoes especially if they have died prematurely or before their years. The Body Finder is a combination of different elements – paranormal, romance and serial/murder mystery – but the impression it left me is that it’s heavily on the romance side.

It started off by giving us a view of Violet’s life, it slowly shows us of how was it growing up and how is it today as she continuesly cope with her gift. Her gift is hereditary, she was not the first to have experienced what she is going through but somehow her experience is more compared to her relatives. For a serial book, it was heavily leaning towards Jay and Violet, on the romance side and most of part of the book it was not as enjoyable as it should be. I mean, I get it – Violet likes Jay and Jay the same – but to repeat the angle over and over again in each chapter most chapter  is nerve racking. Oh the drama. I get the picture, move on!  I felt that the serial killer angle was just added but not the main theme – but that’s not really the case since it should be the other way around right?

I felt that the story build up was slow and then when it came to the near end, everything was quickly finished with a big bright red bow. It was too perfect, to quick and to flat – the momentum of the story goes up, plateuas, and then goes up again and eventually plummets down fast. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the book, it was actually a fast read – enjoyable as it should be but the execution of the story was all over which makes reading it not as I expected it. Bottom line is – The Body Finder was an okay read but it didn’t deliver enough for me to go gaga over it. It’s interesting enough for me to read the next book and I definitely hope things would go up from there. Stays at 2 stars on my list.