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Review: “Desires of the Dead,” Kimberly Derting

July 14, 2011
Review: “Desires of the Dead,” Kimberly DertingDesires of the Deadby Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder #2
Published by Headline on March, 2011
Genres: Mystery, Psychics
Pages: 358

The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

When Violet Ambrose’s morbid ability to sense the echoes of those who’ve been murdered leads her to the body of a young boy, she draws the attention of the FBI. She is reluctantly pulled into an investigation that will endanger more than just her secret…but her relationship and possibly her life as well.

Fans of the first book, The Body Finder, will be really pleased with this second installment. There is some ‘new’ material that is offered, but Kimberly manages to work with what she knows and what her fans have already proven to love.

I think I enjoyed the first book slightly more than I enjoyed Desires of the Dead. It had a lot more to do with plot and suspense, and less on the everday ‘drama’ of our main characters. I enjoy Violet and Jay, but the secondary characters of this series – such as Chelsea, Mike, etc – don’t really hold my interest all too well. There’s always an ‘annoying friend’ and Chelsea fits that role perfectly in the Body Finder series.

I ‘like’ reading this series, but that’s about as far as it goes. There’s just something holding me back from really ‘loving’ it and I can’t for the life of me pinpoint what it is. It’s certainly not Kimberly Derting’s writing style; I think the way she writes flows well and the descriptions are great. It’s not the characters; I like Violet well enough as a leading lady and Jay is great, too.

As a second novel in the series, I was hoping Desires of the Dead would grow and expand on what The Body Finder offered. It did, slightly, in the introduction of Sara Priest and the FBI (and I’m excited to see where this heads in the next novel, really) but in other ways it didn’t. I also wasn’t too fond of the introduction of Rafe. While I am sick of ‘love triangles’ in YA novels today, I will still enjoy it if it’s written correctly and believably. I think we needed a fresh, exciting new character and Rafe halfway delivered. If we would have learnt more about him I think I would have warmed up to him a little more. For the most part, Rafe was stand-offish and abbrasive and if he’s to be the third-point in our upcoming love triangle, then I certainly won’t be rooting for him.

The ‘mystery’ in Desires of the Dead wasn’t all that fantastic in my opinion. It’s more about Violet being stalked than anything. I won’t give away who it is (it’s pretty straightforward and predictable for the reader, as we are given enough clues) in case you haven’t read it yet, but I certainly enjoyed the murder-mystery more than I enjoyed a storyline fuelled by jealousy.

I’ll be picking up the third book, The Last Echo, when it comes out, but for more of a ‘fun, light read’ than anything. I think I’m more excited about the start of Kimberly’s new series – The Pledge – than more of Violet’s world at the moment.

Recommended to: Fans of the series won’t have any trouble getting into Desires of the Dead!

About Kimberly Derting

Kimberly Derting 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.


  • Reply Sas (Tea Mouse) July 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Great review Brittany – I haven’t gotten around the The Body Finder yet, but it looks really enticing.
    Hmm.. so this one suffers from Second Book Syndrome a little? Hopefully it will pick up for you again when you get to The Last Echo!

  • Reply Andrea @ Reading Lark July 14, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am a fan of this series and Kimberly’s, but I do agree that this one was lacking in many ways. I didn’t find the mystery aspect as compelling as I did in the first book.

    Andrea @ Reading Lark

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