Sunday, June 24, 2012

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Violet Ambrose has a special gift; she senses the echoes of people who have died brutally and tragically. Not only can she sense the echoes of the dead, she can also see the imprint on their killers. The only downside to this gift is that Voilet never reaches the victims in time to save them. 

When the echo of a young boy leads her to his body, she gains the attention of certain law enforcement who want to use her "talents" to crack a cold case. Not sure if she's ready to expose her secret, she retreats into the security of her perfect family, boyfriend, and friends only to be unsettled by eerie phone calls, threatening notes, and little "presents" left for her at her home. The more Violet tries to deny her gifts, the more the dead refuse to let her. 

This is the second book in the series, and other than a few references to the near-death experience at Homecoming and serial killers, it's completely stand-alone. I had no problem getting to know the characters or following the plot - maybe because it was so simplistic. This leads to the downside to this book. It was boring and predictable. The book jacket boasts of suspense, but the author's writing style left little doubt as to who the stalker and killer were long before the end of the novel. Not only that, but too much attention was spent on Violet's perfect relationship with her perfect boyfriend Jay. Even when they were fighting, he was perfect. Instead of adding to the story, it became annoying, and I found myself gravitating towards Chelsea, the spunky, off-color, totally inappropriate best friend.

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