Desires of the Dead (Body Finder Series #2)

Desires of the Dead (Body Finder Series #2)

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by Kimberly Derting
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Claudia Gray
“You’ll be drawn in by the love story—and kept up all night by the suspense.”
Melissa Marr
Praise for The Body Finder:“The romance and the mystery in The Body Finder were so intense that I didn’t know whether to hold my breath or scream. I did know I wouldn’t be getting anything done until I read the whole book.”
Booklist about The Body Finder
“First–time novelist Derting has written a suspenseful mystery and sensual love story that will captivate readers who enjoy authentic high–school settings, snappy dialogue, sweet romance, and heart–stopping drama. A real page–turner, this will have readers checking behind themselves and refusing to go anywhere alone.”
Booklist
“First–time novelist Derting has written a suspenseful mystery and sensual love story that will captivate readers who enjoy authentic high–school settings, snappy dialogue, sweet romance, and heart–stopping drama. A real page–turner, this will have readers checking behind themselves and refusing to go anywhere alone.”
VOYA - Etienne Vallee
Violet and Jay are now in the middle of their junior year, and their relationship has evolved into love. Following their adventures in The Body Finder (HarperTeen, 2010/VOYA August 2010), the dead, whom Violet can sense through signals marking both them and their killers, have left Violet peacefully alone. The arrival of new students Mike and Megan, however, interrupts the rest she and Jay have enjoyed. A trip to Seattle with a friend leads to Violet's discovery of a young boy left to die in a shipping container. The FBI quickly realizes who had called in the body, and an agent begins asking Violet troubling questions about her abilities. She is then targeted by Megan, who is attracted to Jay and will stop at nothing to break up their relationship. As the messages left by a string of dead bodies grow stronger again, Violet hopes to solve this mystery before her relationship with Jay is irrevocably broken and this new killer manages to eliminate her. Her feelings for Jay and Megan's naked hostility cause Violet to question her life, and the persistent calls from the FBI force her to decide whether she will use her affinity for the dead to solve mysteries or continue to keep it a secret. Derting's second novel continues the tale of Violet and Jay in a style similar to her first book. Perspectives are once again intermingled as the reader follows Violet's and Megan's actions. The twists and turns, while not as unpredictable, keep the pages turning, and fans of the first book will find this a welcome sequel. Violet's decision to get involved with the FBI suggests a third volume. Reviewer: Etienne Vallee
VOYA - Rayna Patton
After a near fatal encounter with a serial killer in the previous Body Finder title, The Body Finder (HarperCollins, 2010/VOYA August 2008) , Violet Ambrose seems to have found a quiet place with her high school friends and Jay, her best friend and boy friend. But the feelings and visions Violet experiences when she is near the violently killed, or their killers, seize her again when she receives the imprint of a kidnapped little boy who died inside a Seattle shipping container. Violet notifies the FBI, drawing the attention of Sara Priest, FBI consultant, who realizes that Violet could not, in the normal way, have known the child's whereabouts. A newcomer, Mike Russo, enrolls in school, and Violet is jealous of Jay's friendship with Mike, while Mike's younger sister, Megan, is desperately jealous of Violet. Dark secrets are hidden in the Russo family: an alcoholic father, an absent mother. Increasingly, Violet is haunted by victims—the little boy, a dead cat, a dog, and, finally, the murdered mother of Mike and Megan. Violet's reluctance to reveal her talent to Sara, together with a wish to spare her family worry, lead to a rift with Jay and ventures into dark and dangerous places. A perfect boyfriend and a suspenseful plot will keep teens turning pages. The cover art is very attractive. Expect Violet's story to continue as Sara enlists Violet to join her team, which includes a strange boy called Rafe who is instrumental in saving Violet's life. Reviewer: Rayna Patton
Children's Literature - Allison Fetters
Violet Ambrose had always thought of herself as a freak because of her unusual talent, the ability to sense the dead and their killers. When the calling begins, she is unable to ignore it and is helpless to the pull that the restless dead have over her. After placing what she thinks is an anonymous phone call to notify the authorities of a body she has located, her life begins to take a different turn. Sara Priest, former FBI, contacts Violet and after much persuasion Violet begins to feel that maybe she can use her talents to help both the living and the dead. Her first challenge in this new mindset is to find the missing mother of a new friend. Though she begins to accept her inherited ability as a talent rather than a curse, she still operates as inconspicuously as possible not knowing who to trust. The intensity of the story line and the gracefulness of the writing move the reader through the events surrounding the protagonist. Reviewer: Allison Fetters
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This sequel to The Body Finder (HarperCollins, 2010) is just as suspenseful and gripping as its predecessor. Violet Ambrose is trying to balance the normal (a boyfriend, jealous classmates, a boy-crazy best friend) with the paranormal. She has the unique ability to sense and locate bodies, and if the dead can't rest, neither can she. So when the teen detects a dead boy hidden in a shipping container, she makes an anonymous phone call to the police. Suddenly she is in the direct path of Sara Priest, an FBI consultant who commands a team of "gifted" people who help with criminal investigations. Sara wants her assistance, but Violet is afraid of being poked and prodded by a government agency. However, when she starts receiving disturbing threats, she reluctantly agrees to help Sara in a case that ends up hitting very close to home. The third-person narrative reads more like a crime novel than paranormal teen fiction, and readers will hold their breath as Violet traipses around deserted shipyards and dark woods looking for the bodies that call to her. In addition, the sexy scenes between Violet and her boyfriend will satisfy romantics and the introduction of an enigmatic new character will heighten the conflict in the next installment in this riveting series.—Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Northampton Community College, Hawley, PA
Kirkus Reviews

In this absorbing suspense tale, 16-year-old Violet has a special ability: Dead bodies call out to her, demanding that she find them. This sequel toThe Body Finder(2010) easily stands on its own as a new, separate story, with only minimal references to the earlier book. Even better, Derting convinces readers to believe in Violet's supernatural ability, perhaps because it stands out in the sea of supernatural fiction. Violet senses bodies that have been murdered, whether animal or human. She also can sense the "imprint" of the crime on the murderer. But adolescent Violet wants to keep her ability a secret, especially from an FBI consultant who finds her when Violet leaves an anonymous tip to the police about the location of a body. She also doesn't want to tell anyone about the FBI, although keeping that secret strains her relationship with her adored boyfriend, Jay. Violet even wants to hide the fact that someone is stalking her. What she doesn't know is that she might be in real danger. The author paces the story beautifully, weaving together several story lines as she inches up to the final, desperate scene. As Violet's difficulties increase, readers see her finally begin to learn that she may find more satisfaction through using her gift to help others than by guarding her own privacy. Imaginative, convincing and successful suspense.(Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062069795
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Series:
Body Finder Series , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
43,094
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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