Dead Silence (Body Finder Series #4)

Dead Silence (Body Finder Series #4)

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by Kimberly Derting

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Sometimes the Dead Can't Be Silenced.

Violet thought she had made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers . . . until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the

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Sometimes the Dead Can't Be Silenced.

Violet thought she had made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers . . . until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team she works for have no intention of letting her go.

Violet will do whatever it takes to keep her loved ones safe—even if it means lying to her boyfriend, Jay. But when an echo calls to her, she stumbles upon a murder scene unlike anything she's ever witnessed. The murders are frenzied and twisted, and the killer left a disturbing calling card for all to see—a brimstone cross sketched in blood on the wall. And Violet finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a vicious madman with an army of devoted followers.

Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jane Murphy
Violet Ambrose returns in the fourth installment of Kimberly Derting's Body Finder series. Once again, Violet uses her "gift," the ability to locate dead bodies, whether animal or human, and the "echoes" that surround them as well as the "imprints" of their killers. The empathic traits found among the members of her "team"—a collection of similarly abled teens who are aided by a forensic psychologist and Violet's uncle, the town's police chief—set the stage for another compelling suspense tale with entirely believable adolescent characters who work together to prevent and solve crimes. BFFs, love interests, interfering parents all converge to make this story a great read. This volume incorporates the diaries of Violet's grandmother, who also had the ability to locate the dead and belonged to a group known as the Circle of Seven, whose members were all forbears of the circle of Violet's friends. Her therapist is revealed to be a member of the elder group. Childhood friend and now boyfriend Jay Heaton proves to be a loyal and committed partner. The danger of letting her secret out to her best friend complicates matters further. This volume made sense to a reader not familiar with the previous books in the series. The author recaps enough previous material to bring the reader up to speed. The pages turn very rapidly as the drama unfolds. Some of the descriptions are gory, and there are references to sex and drugs, so recommend this book to older teens in high school, and for medium to large public library young adult collections. Reviewer: Jane Murphy
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—After being kidnapped and forced to kill her captor in The Last Echo (HarperCollins, 2012), 17-year-old body-finder Violet Ambrose must try to move on despite the murderer imprint now clinging to her. Her friends and boyfriend are there to help her adjust to "normal" life, but soon Violet's psychic abilities lead her to another gruesome discovery—a family of three murdered in their own home. With the killer's trail quickly growing cold, Violet and her team of psychics set out to find and protect a missing fourth family member—a teen about Violet's age. Dead Silence is a fast-paced paranormal thriller that will delight fans of the series as well as readers unfamiliar with it. Told partially through Violet's grandmother's journal entries as well as the killer's point of view, the book delivers a few intense action sequences and plenty of nail-biting suspense. Violet's ability to sense connections between dead bodies and their killers will appeal to teens who love Lisa McMann's "Wake" trilogy (S & S) or Libba Bray's The Diviners (Little, Brown, 2012). The murder discovery scene is quite bloody and may disturb sensitive readers, especially since one of the victims is a young boy. Dead Silence is rumored to be the last in the series; however, a few loose ends remain, as does the potential to continue Violet's story.—Leigh Collazo, Ed Willkie Middle School, Fort Worth, TX
Booklist Online
“In spite of providing a tough, likable heroine and a sweet, romantic element, Derting unflinchingly explores the twisted minds of sadistic killers. It’s a combination that keeps her readers clamoring for more.”
Interweaving suspense, steamy romance, supernatural elements, and themes of jealousy, anger, and other deadly sins, this fast-paced, compelling read features a multifaceted protagonist and intriguing supporting characters. Wholly absorbing, this will leave readers hoping for future titles about talented Violet.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Body Finder Series, #4
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Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.28(d)
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Dead Silence 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 25 reviews.
Christine_Fonseca More than 1 year ago
Writing a series is hard. Writing one that keeps the interest of the readers is even HARDER!!! But Kimberly Derting not only crafted a fantastic read, she has managed to keep this series fresh and interesting throughout. Dead Silence continues with the plot lines started throughout the series, delivering another fabulous, fast-paced, exciting and somewhat thrilling read. Fantastic!
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Read the prologue of DEAD SILENCE and tell me you are not feeling a compulsive need to finish this book in one sitting, for this prologue is a very scary and unsettling start to the story. Things are feeling more urgent and dangerous than before, because now one of Violet's friends is on the culprit's radar. Pick up the fourth THE BODY FINDER novel and risk another sleepless night spent reading. As seen in the three previous books, the chapters of Violet's perspective are again complemented with chapters from the murderer's perspective. And this one's a tough case of wicked evil mind with scary and insane issues. Every single one of Violet's murder cases has been thrilling so far. And I was equally entranced and repulsed by the vile and violent case Kimberly Derting envisioned in DEAD SILENCE. The new killer could be even more disturbing than others before him, expect a few very gruesome details. DEAD SILENCE shows us another side of Violet, a new courage to trust the ones around her with her secrets. I liked that Violet opened herself a bit to her friends and Jay, too. Still her senseless way to dash off and hunt the killer on her own made me want to shake her more than once. The romantic aspect of DEAD SILENCE wasn't as strong as in DESIRES OF THE DEAD or THE BODY FINDER. I mean Jay was as sweet and swoon-worthy as ever, but there just wasn't that much space for Violet and Jay to spend alone-time together as a couple or further develop their relationship. As the romance is definitely not the focus of this book, now the mysterious Center is observed more closely. Violet discoveres old journals from her grandmother and we will learn more about her experiences, her ability to sense the dead and what it was like to live with it a few decades ago. Rafe, Sara and the Team of other specially gifted teens will be back, too. But the main focus isn't on them solving cases together, it's more a personal story of Violet finding out more about her grandmother's life and about Violet's personal posture towards the Center and her own involvement in solving the murder cases. I was as content with DEAD SILENCE as I was with the other books, but if this is truly the ending to the whole series…SO NOT ACCEPTED! Kimberly Derting can’t just leave it at that, with questions unanswered and the future uncertain. The ending felt just like the ending of a book in a series, not of an entire series. I can't imagine a Top 2014 list without a new BODY FINDER title on it! 4/5 **** DEAD SILENCE – A twisted murder case that will be calling dibs on your reading time and won't let you rest for a second, until it's solved! Kimberly Derting's fourth THE BODY FINDER installment introduces us to a new stage of awareness of Vilolet's world, filled with imprints and echoes. Minor shortcomings romance-wise and the lack of an ENDING ending are compensated by Kimberly's writing that's as engaging as in the previous THE BODY FINDER books. THE TAKING is a novel I'll be looking forward to read in 2014 then, but I'm still hoping, wishing, pining for another THE BODY FINDER book. Who would believe that Violet would ever stop getting involved with echoes and crimes, huh?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this whole series now and I can not begin to express how much I love it. I can go on and on about it to anybody who will listen. I'm a seventeen year old who has been reading nonstop for as long as I can remember. I reccomend this series to anybody; its nothing less than amazing.
GeorginaH More than 1 year ago
I love the Body Finder Series....they only get better as the story continues, which I hope continues for awhile....always looking forward to the next installment.
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PaigePP More than 1 year ago
*Review from Paige's Pages* I just finished reading Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting. It is the fourth and final book in the Body Finder series. This series is about Violet Ambrose a teenage girl with the ability to sense echoes of the dead whom have been murdered. Violet can also sense imprints on the person responsible for the killing. In the previous book the Last Echo Violet joined a secret organization of other paranormal teenagers with different abilities. In this final book it did seem that the author rushed through the book. The author did reveal some more knowledge about Violet's ability and about her grandmother. Violet started reading her grandmother's journals and it reveals some secrets from the past and you find out a little bit more about the organization that violet is involved in. Her grandmother was also involved in an organization similar to the one she is in except her grandmother called the circle of seven and they were not on the good side of the law. In the Last Echo, Violet was threatened when she wanted to quit the "team", so she continued on. In Dead Silence Violet continues to work with the team, but the author never told us who was behind the scenes. It does make you wonder if the author may continue with the story and maybe write about one of the other characters in the story, possibly Rafe! I did enjoy the book, but it was not my favorite of the series. I believe the Last Echo was my favorite and the most dark of them all. I would give the book an overall rating of 3.5 stars because it was pretty badass what jay did in then end going after the killer!
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crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15  I am unsure if I have ever read a book that mixes murderous suspense super thriller with a romantic twist and have it blend so beautifully. Dead Silence is the fourth book in the Body Finder series where Violet, who is able to sense voices of the dead and the imprints that their killers attract, finds herself the victim of her own ability as she gets imprinted also as a dull reminder that she too was victim once and still is in many ways. All she wants to do is move on and lead a normal life, but what is normal when you have special gifts that are always haunting? However, her dreams of normalcy is short lived as it appears her employer only has intentions of keeping her put where she is most useful to them. When murder hits a little too close to home, Violet will protect the ones she loves at all costs, even if she feels the face of defeat laughing down at her. “Yeah, I wasn’t really sure what the protocol for ‘freaked out by dead bodies’ was. You’re not sick, so bringing you soup was out of the question. And you didn’t know the people, so giving you flowers seemed wrong.” I felt I could really relate to Violet. Deep inside she is just a normal girl yearning to have a normal life and be nobody, but life is always getting in the way. I would have given the book five stars, but I felt just a little like I really needed to read the first three books to truly get on a deeper personal level with Violet and really feel for her character. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*   *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
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Fran89 More than 1 year ago
love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's just AMAZING, just like all the the other book in The Body Finder series. I wouldn't change a thing in them, there just PERFECT.  By far my favorite book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the body finder series and i totally recamend this book to read!!!!!!! It has 270 nook pages and has a good scare to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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