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Friday, March 4, 2011

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

From GoodReads: 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.

Kimberly Derting's debut novel, The Bodyfinder, was such an amazing, brilliant, orginal, unique book that I had ENORMOUSLY high hopes for Desires of the Dead, the second novel in this series.  The Bodyfinder was such an original concept, had wonderfully realistic and relatable characters, and was such a great mystery that I never saw who the bad guy was coming.  
I went into Desires of the Dead expecting it to be as-good, if not better, than The Bodyfinder.  Unfortunately, even though the characters were still amazing and the story was still brilliant, I felt that she all but hit us over the head with who the bad guy was going to be.  I didn't have that same oh my gosh moment that I had at the end of The Bodyfinder.  I just felt like I knew who it was the whole time.  And that really left me with a feeling of being let down and disappointment.  I don't know if Kimberly Derting is planning a third book in this series, but if she is, I will definitely read it hoping for the greatness that she had in The Bodyfinder.  I can't say that I hated Desires of the Dead, but I can't say it was even in the same league with The Bodyfinder.  I pray that she will not be a one-it-wonder letting me down more and more with every book like a few authors I have read.  I have to believe that Kimberly Derting will come back next time with a story that will make me eat my words from this review and have me back kneeling at her feet screaming "We're not worthy" Wayne's World-style.

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