Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

Published: April 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages:  358
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: Goodreads

In the end, all that's left is an echo...
Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet's talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it's Violet's job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by "the girlfriend collector" she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new "relationship" and Violet may have caught his eye....


Interestingly, this is the second book that I've read this month with the name Rafe.  Before this, I'd never even heard of the name.  The first book was The Calling by Kelley Armstrong.  Is Rafe always associated with a dark, brooding stranger?

So I'm a big fan of Ms. Derting.  She is one of my favourite authors and doesn't seem to get enough credit for her work.  I have enjoyed every single book she has written and has the same level of creepiness as Simon Holt's The Devouring series.  Reading the Body Finder series is like a cross between riding a fast moving rollercoaster and walking through the set of a horror movie flick.  Kimberly has a knack for making the reader see into the minds of the sadistic villains in her books...which makes me wonder...uh Kim, is there something you aren't telling us?  Like maybe an alter ego of sorts?

We see a little triangle develop in this episode of The Body Finder series and I have to say, tsk! tsk! tsk!  Violet and Jay are such a perfect couple, how can she (Violet) even doubt their perfection?  Sure she has some kind of electric thing going on with Rafe but she has so much history with Jay!  And trust. And understanding.  Does anyone else feel that Violet and Mia (from The Calling) should see if they can get a double discount for relationship counselling?  Girls, the perfect men are right in front of you.  Don't fall for the dark and brooding Rafe's in your lives!

Did you know that Kimberly Derting is doing a huge tour and giving away lavender nail polish to her readers?  You'll need the phrase that pays to collect your prize.  Make sure you say to her - "You can't hide!" in order to collect your prize!  (creepy...hey, could another name for lavender be VIOLET???...oh the irony!)

The Last Echo was a thrilling read for young adults.  She did have a little language in this title so you might want to keep that in mind if you are referring younger readers.  It is a bit scary but in a suspenseful way, not violent or gruesome.  Kim did not disappoint in keeping me entertained and wanting more.  I think I sped through my title in 2 days.  That's quick for someone who doesn't have much time to read, like me.  Needless to say, I was tired all week.  I tweeted Ms. Derting and there will be more books in The Body Finder series.  I'd be happy to lose more sleep reading your books Kim.  :D

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1 comment:

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