Desires of the Dead by Kimberley Derting — book review

Desires of the Dead by Kimberley Derting. Headline ‘6.99

Reviewed by Ian Hunter

This is a sequel to The Body Finder, in which sixteen year old Violet Ambrose realised that the gift she had had since she was a little girl ‘ sensing where the undiscovered bodies of murder victims were (and also tuning into the vibration of their killers) ‘ was going to help her catch a serial killer who was murdering people in the small town where she lives. Sorry to give away the plot, but given that this is book number two in the series, Violet obviously triumphed in her previous quest and came to no harm. What worked in that book was the basic premise, the well-rounded characters, the pace, the romance (hey, it is a young adult book after all) and the creepy chapters told from the killers viewpoint.

Now we go from book one with the blue flower on the cover to book two with the pink flower on the cover, as a few months have passed and Violet is trying to lead as normal a life as she can, but by helping the police out again she has come to the attention of the FBI (and to be honest the involvement of the FBI here is a bit clich’d and not that original). She does her best to resist their advances as best she can, but her life takes a dark turn and they might be the only people who can help her. Desires of the Dead could almost work as a stand alone title, but again it shares the same drive, romance, twists and unexpected turns as its predecessor due to a good mixture of third and first-person narrative, which is a welcome change from the normal introspective first-person fare of the young adult novel. My only quibble is that Derting’s next novel. The Pledge. is possibly the start of a new series of fantasy books so it might be a while before we can say hello to Violet again.

Desires of the Dead by Kimberley Derting. Headline ‘6.99

Reviewed by Ian Hunter

This is a sequel to The Body Finder, in which sixteen year old Violet Ambrose realised that the gift she had had since she was a little girl ‘ sensing where the undiscovered bodies of murder victims were (and also tuning into the vibration of their killers) ‘ was going to help her catch a serial killer who was murdering people in the small town where she lives. Sorry to give away the plot, but given that this is book number two in the series, Violet obviously triumphed in her previous quest and came to no harm. What worked in that book was the basic premise, the well-rounded characters, the pace, the romance (hey, it is a young adult book after all) and the creepy chapters told from the killers viewpoint.

Now we go from book one with the blue flower on the cover to book two with the pink flower on the cover, as a few months have passed and Violet is trying to lead as normal a life as she can, but by helping the police out again she has come to the attention of the FBI (and to be honest the involvement of the FBI here is a bit clich’d and not that original). She does her best to resist their advances as best she can, but her life takes a dark turn and they might be the only people who can help her. Desires of the Dead could almost work as a stand alone title, but again it shares the same drive, romance, twists and unexpected turns as its predecessor due to a good mixture of third and first-person narrative, which is a welcome change from the normal introspective first-person fare of the young adult novel. My only quibble is that Derting’s next novel. The Pledge. is possibly the start of a new series of fantasy books so it might be a while before we can say hello to Violet again.