Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

desires of the deadDesires of the Dead
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Age Group: Teen
Source: Library
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Rating: 3 out of 5

Summary from Amazon:

The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found. 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.


3 out of 5

3 out of 5

My Thoughts

It’s taken me over a year to read Desires of the Dead, the second book in The Body Finder series.  I absolutely loved the first book, The Body Finder.  It had so many elements that I look for in a book.  There was an awesome main character (Violet), there was romance (Violet and Jay!), there was a mystery, and there was a little paranormal thrown in.  It wasn’t too dark or too light.  It’s was exactly what I look for in a book.  Which I think is why I waited more than a year to finally read Desires of the Dead.  I knew it couldn’t live up to The Body Finder.  And I’m sorry to say that Desires of the Dead was a bit of a let down for me.

I think what frustrated me the most about Desires of the Dead was Violet.  I thought she made so many stupid decisions.  She kept so many sercrets, both from her boyfriend, Jay, and her parents.  I could understand that at the beginning, but as she continued to keep secrets it really bothered me.  Violet’s parents know of her special ability (she can find dead bodies).  Her parent’s are great, and it’s clear that Violet and her parents have a close relationship.  So I couldn’t understand why she wasn’t talking to them about certain things that were happening to her.  It just seems natural for her to tell them a little something.

Violet also wouldn’t confide in Jay.  Jay also knows of Violet’s ability, and although I really wanted Violet to talk to Jay, I could understand more why she didn’t tell him.  But though I could understand, she also would do things that were so dangerous without telling anyone what she was doing.  It just seemed ridiculous, and as readers, we knew that it wouldn’t end well.

Speaking of Jay and Violet, I think it’s kind of standard for there to be trouble in paradise in the second book of a series, and unfortunately Desires of the Dead is no exception.  There’s one part of the book where Violet and Jay get into this HUGE argument, and although I understand why Violet was so mad, I thought she made some seriously drastic decisions.

Another thing that I didn’t love was that there seems to be hints of a love triangle for future books.  You guys, I hate love triangles so much, but especially when it involves a couple I love and know should be together (Violet and Jay).  It makes me not want to read the third book.  I could be wrong, but nonetheless, it makes me nervous.

However, even with this frustrations, I did like Desires of the Dead.  The characters were well-written and well-developed, and the story, if a little predictable, was still well paced. I really enjoyed Violet’s best friend Chelsea.  She was such a fun character to throw into the story, and she was endlessly entertaining.

Although I did have some issues with Desires of the Dead, many of them are just personal preferences on my part.  And even with those frustrations, I am glad I read it.  So, if you liked The Body Finder, definitely give the second book a try.  And if you haven’t read this series, but like paranormal mysteries will some romance DEFINITELY read The Body Finder.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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2 Responses to Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

  1. A third party that will ruin my OTP?? Not okay! Violet and Jay were meant for each other from the beginning – hands down.

    I’ve taken forever to get my hands on this sequel too… And for some reason I don’t think I’ll be reading it any time soon either.

    • Quinn says:

      I can’t say for sure that there will be another love interest for Violet, but it sure felt that way in Desires, and I agree – NOT OKAY!

      But it isn’t a terrible book. There definitely wasn’t enough Jay though.

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