Title: Desires of the Dead
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publication: February 15th 2011 by HarperCollins
Source: ARC courtesey of Around The World Tours
Summary: "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. "
Thoughts: Holy cow! Desires of the Dead is one of the best sequels I've read in a really long time. I forgot how amazing Kimberly's writing is. I'm literally at a lost for words.
There's a new bad guy/gal in town, but this one is directing all their murderous hatred towards Violet. Violet has something she wants and will stop at nothing to get it. And though Violet's in danger, the real question is, who can Violet trust? Her abilities help her hear and see the calls of the dead, but it doesn't let her read intentions nor minds. In the end, is the only person she can trust herself?
What I love about Desires of the Dead is how Kimberly writes from Violet's point of view, but switches every now and then to "the bad guy's" POV. This is what originally hooked me on The Body Finder. It's dark, it's twisted, it's made of win!
Violet and Jay's relationship begins to develop into something hotter, sexier and more complicated than it was in The Body Finder. Just like all couples, they start dealing with intimacy and trust issues. It's not always happy, and not always perfect, but at least it's entertaining!
Oh, Jay! I must say, he's one of my favorite swoon-worthy boys. I don't normally like the sweet guys (since I'm a bad boy kind of girl), but Jay just does something to my little heart that makes it go pitter-patter. I love his kindness and understanding with not only Violet, but every character in the book. At times, he's a bit overprotective of Violet, but it's understanding considering who she is and what she can do.
Unlike a lot of sequels out there, this one comes around full circle. I really enjoyed that. Sometimes, too much of a cliffhanger can become not only tiresome, but irritating. In this case, it's just the right combination of satisfaction yet craving for more.
Fans of The Body Finder will jump and cheer for Desires of the Dead. It's deliciously dangerous in all the right ways.