Book - Desires of The Dead.
Author - Kimberly Derting.
Rating - Five Stars.
Theme Song - "If I Die Young" - The Band Perry.
Synopsis - 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 enjoyed reading "The Body Finder" so much that I put a lot of other books aside in favor of reading the sequel, "Desires of The Dead." I was not disappointed, to say the least. These books are alluring, you want to know what happens next without fail. This isn't the type of book that you can put down and come back to, you have to keep reading, no matter what. You have to know what comes next. Some things that occur are unsettling and completely devastating. This book is written so well that the characters emotions suddenly become your own. So, there you are with them feeling every ounce of what they do. It's the most perfect example of how a book should make you feel.
I felt attached to the characters, not wanting them to do and say certain things. The main character Violet has faced so much and continues to do so. She takes it all in stride and hardly ever lets anyone, even her loving boyfriend, Jay see her sweat. Jay is Violet's best friend and boyfriend, the one she tells everything to and always has. The love they have for one another is passionate and heartwarming. Their characters grow so much and even endure a brief breakup during this book. Most of all, there are new characters introduced into this book that cause quite a stir. Mike and Megan Russo, a brother and sister duo shape most of the book, especially the ending.
In the beginning, the main thing tugging at Violet's heart is the fact that she found another body while in Seattle with Chelsea. She picked up the trail to it and followed it right into the shipyards, a really shady and dirty part of town. She soon found that what she was picking up was closed off in a shipping container. She couldn't get to the body and she didn't know how to solve the problem. She knew she wouldn't be able to fully rest until the body was laid at rest, but how was she to go about alerting the authorities? After much thought and careful consideration, Violet chose to go back to the spot and use a nearby payphone to call 911 and give them an anonymous tip. All was well and good, Violet was able to do the right thing and was finally released from that specific body's call.
Soon enough though Violet began getting calls from an FBI agent, or so she believes. The phone calls turn into visits and Violet learns how difficult it is to evade Sara Priest. While Violet is dodging everyone in her life, she can't escape the truth and the proof of what is. She can't deny the fact that she's been linked to the findings of several bodies. Sara Priest is not with the FBI, but was once and now has her own department of business. Along with meeting Sara, Violet meets Rafe also. Rafe works very closely with Sara, but never fully reveals in what way. Rafe is someone who becomes very valuable to Violet throughout the story. It's obvious that there's something different about Rafe as soon as he touches Violet's hand. There's a connection between the two of them, but not a romantic one, a connection that reaches Violet's very core. Rafe has a special ability too, only hinted at. At the end of the book Rafe saves Violet by knowing when she was in trouble and letting Sara Priest know too. Although, in the beginning, Violet faced a lot of difficulties regarding Sara and Rafe they end up being great assets to her and amazing characters.
In regards to Mike and Megan Russo, they also shape the book. Jay and Mike become close friends right off the bat, even to the point of making Violet feel somewhat left out. Chelsea, one of Violet's best friends also develops a huge crush on Mike which turns out to be a whole lot more. Megan Russo becomes the antagonist although no one except Violet ever believes she is. After a series of odd happenings, Violet believes all roads lead to Megan and in a lot of ways, they do, but that's much as I can tell you. The final showdown takes place at Mike and Megan's cabin where Violet, Jay, Chelsea and Clare are visiting. The ending is quite emotional and will rip your heart out. I felt so much compassion toward Mike and Megan in those moments.
All in all, this was a fantastic book. I loved it from start to finish. I especially love the relationship between Violet and Jay, they're the most amazing couple and greatest dynamic of characters I've seen in a long time. I can't wait to see what comes next with the two of them and with Violet, in general.