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Desires of the Dead: A Body Finder Novel

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Desires of the Dead: A Body Finder Novel

DESIRES OF THE DEAD is the second gripping mystery featuring psychically skilled Violet. The first book, THE BODY FINDER, introduced the high school student as she struggled to use her unusual skills for good. But her talent is not what everyone may want. She can sense the presence of a dead body, whether animal or human, and can see the imprint on those who have committed murder.

Violet knows she's about to discover another body when she starts having troubling dreams. She is being pulled strongly towards the waterfront  and knows that her new boyfriend, Jay, would not want her to go there. They're still finding their way after recovering from the traumatic events of their first case. Her family has become super protective, especially her uncle, who now bears the imprint of the person he had to kill to save Violet's life.

But Violet can't turn off the pull and heads down there. She places an anonymous call that results in the discovery of the body of a little boy who had gone missing. It also leads to the FBI coming to Violet and wanting to know more about her skills. Avoiding the FBI is not an option, but she's not entirely comfortable with the group of other people with special skills she finds through them. One in particular, Rafe, is compelling. She tries to connect with him, but both find it too hard to discuss their talents and lives. Violet is drawn to the FBI work, though, as she continues to pursue using her skills for justice.

Violet withholds information from Jay and her family about her work on a new case, as well as threatening notes and gifts she has started receiving. She loves Jay, and their relationship is growing quickly, but her secrets begin to come between them. Her talents also draw her to a case involving two students and their missing mother. A trip to a mountain cabin with friends from school brings all the issues to a head, and soon Violet finds both another body and a new level of danger.

Author Kimberly Derting brings readers a character who has emotions and is coping with issues they can relate to, even with the fantastic elements. Both THE BODY FINDER and DESIRES OF THE DEAD also provide mounting suspense and clues that will keep teens turning pages.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on February 15, 2011

Desires of the Dead: A Body Finder Novel
by Kimberly Derting

  • Publication Date: April 17, 2012
  • Genres: Fiction, Supernatural, Thriller
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0061779865
  • ISBN-13: 9780061779862