Grade: 3 stars out of 5
Violet Ambrose has the ability to find dead bodies through their echoes. She can also find the ones who killed by their imprints. This may be a “cool” trick for some people to talk about, Violet doesn’t think so. But her ability has attracted the FBI and her bestfriend turned boyfriend has attracted a rival for Violet that wants her gone.Having read the prequel, The Body Finder and was less than amazed, I went in reading Desires of the Dead with a held breath. I came out. Here’s the thing, Desires of the Dead does not impress at all if you were to focus of the thriller/mystery genre. By page 60 I already figured out who the supposed “killer” and the one who wanted Jay all to herself was. It wasn’t hard frankly speaking. As a coming-of-age and romance novel, it fairs much better.
Jay and Violet really connect to each other, but it’s almost too sweet. Yet I seem to have a sweet tooth and find myself with a smile cheesy grin on my face. They’re adorable together, what can I say.
Back to the crime thriller aspect of the novel: there’s a small twist that isn’t so obvious with puts very contemporary issue of the forefront. Not the killing part I mean. The FBI shtick was only an introduction it seemed. There are plenty of open-ended questions and new characters that need more developing for me to get a grasp of.
Desires of the Dead sets the tone for a chapter with Violet.
Source: unsolicited ARC from HarperTeen
still don't understand the concept of these flowers being on the cover
Published: 2011 March 1; hardback