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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. Her best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay, is the only one outside of her family who knows of her morbid ability. But when Violet discovers the body of a missing boy, she draws the


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. Her best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay, is the only one outside of her family who knows of her morbid ability. But when Violet discovers the body of a missing boy, she draws the attention of the FBI.

As Violet dodges their questions, she is pulled into an investigation that will endanger more than just her secret. For without even meaning to, Violet has stumbled upon a dark truth—and a desperate killer.

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.”
“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.”
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
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
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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HarperCollins Publishers
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Body Finder Series , #2
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5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
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14 - 17 Years

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Claudia Gray
“You’ll be drawn in by the love story—and kept up all night by the suspense.”

Meet the Author

Kimberly Derting is the author of the Body Finder series, the Pledge trilogy, and the Taking series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark and creepy. Her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children serve as an endless source of inspiration and frequently find things they say buried in the pages of their mother’s books. You can visit her online at www.kimberlyderting.com.

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Desires of the Dead 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 305 reviews.
mtz1101 More than 1 year ago
The Body Finder was one of my favorite books of 2010, so I was extremely excited when I found out there was going to be a sequel. I was very curious to see how Kimberly Derting would continue Violet's story since the first book could very well be a stand alone book. Whatever it would be, I was positive that I wanted to see more, lots more, of Violet and Jay as a couple. She completely delivered on that front! Violet and Jay are one of the most amazing couples in Young Adult fiction, and I think a lot of it has to do with how well they know each other. They have numerous things in common, they're considerate to one another, they have trust, love and definitely a lot of attraction. In this book they become even more intimate, and those scenes when they are together are written beautifully! But like any couple, things aren't always perfect, and Violet and Jay go through a rough patch that nearly killed me. I was in so much pain for them! While in The Body Finder Violet's family is in the forefront, in Desires of the Dead it's her friends who have taken the spotlight. Chelsea and Claire have some of my favorite scenes in this book. As far as the new characters go, I'm really interested in seeing what roles Sara Priest and Rafe will play in future books. Another thing I was happy to see were the chapters where we get to hear from "the bad guy". It was one of my favorite things from The Body Finder.part of what made it so creepy was getting into the killer's head. The ones in this book are more disturbing than creepy, but they were just as fascinating. Kimberly Derting delivers another exciting, suspenseful mystery with Desires of the Dead. She kept me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, those last few chapters. If you're looking for a book that will get your heart racing, from both the suspense and the romance, this is it. :)
ReadingTeen More than 1 year ago
Desires of the Dead picks up where The Body Finder left off. Violet and Jay are just as disgustingly adorable as they were before, but Violet is haunted by the things that have happened to her. The book takes a different tone this time. Where I felt the first book was upbeat, funny, and cheerful (I know, strange considering the storyline), this book was much more somber. I feel like Violet bordered on depressed throughout most of the book. This is completely understandable considering what she has had to go through, and also considering the agonizing choices that she is having to make. But instead of leaning on Jay, and confiding in him, she begins to pull away from him, and the secrets take their toll on her and on their relationship. It was so frustrating to see her withdrawal, and consistently put herself in danger, making the same mistakes over and over. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her and scream, "DON'T GO OFF ALONE!! Especially when you have a creepy stalker!" *Shakes head in disbelief* I'm pretty sure that's what Jay wanted to say to her too! :) The romance between Violet and Jay was very steamy. I really do adore them together. I think he is so ridiculously good to her. He's romantic and thoughtful, always putting what's best for her first. I do think the romance went a little overboard in this one. My daughter was reading a book recently and said she almost felt like a third wheel when she read about the heavy romance between the two main characters. That's kind of how I felt with this book. But the relationship between the two of them was still really cute, and the romantic tension later in the story was fierce. I felt so much emotion..... The mystery, suspense, twists and turns are almost as intense in this book as in the last one. Early in the story, you get a glimpse into the mind of a very disturbed girl who is out to get Violet. Kimberly does such an amazing job, pulling you into the thoughts of not just the main character, but also this other strange and sinister mind. My own mind was spinning, constantly coming up with different scenarios of who was out to hurt Violet and why. By the end of the book, I was exhausted! My heart was pounding right up to the last chapter! -Andye (http://ReadingTeen.net/)
Cariblogs More than 1 year ago
Desires of the Dead is the follow up to The Body Finder where Violet has the ability to find the dead if they are not properly laid to rest. She also sees a matching imprint on the killer which could make her extremely valuable if her gift is ever revealed. The only people who know about what Violet can do is her family, as it was passed through the women in her family, and also her best-friend-turned-boyfriend Jay. Jay learned about what Violet could do when they were kids and has always accepted who she is. There has been much swooning for Jay. When Violet finds an Echo, it seems to drain her of any energy until the body is put to rest. Jay is always by her side to keep her going but readers shouldn't get the impression that this makes Violet a fragile girl who needs to be saved; if anything, she doesn't run or hide from her gift. On a regular outing with her friend, Violet finds an Echo calling to her and drawing her closer. Violet isn't able to do anything without her friend finding out, but that doesn't mean that she will stop. This particular Echo changes Violet's life in more ways than she could imagine. In helping, she attracts the attention of the FBI and realizes since Jay is now her boyfriend, she can't tell him everything as she did when they were best friends. Jay, as a boyfriend, wants to protect Violet and that might mean telling her parents about the dangerous situations she puts herself in; but Violet isn't ready to share everything with her parents. With the FBI on her trail and Jay's overwhelming need to protect her, Violet also feels that she is being stalked. First, hang up calls and then, creepy gifts are left at her car and later, threatening letters. When she turns to Jay, she doesn't find the answers she needs and things get shaky. Violet is also dealing with the insecurities that come with dating a guy who every woman seems to want. I would like to include myself on that list! All the stress and secrets cause major problems for Jay and Violet. Kimberly writes scenes so beautifully that you can't help but to get emotionally invested in these characters. Jay, I heart you! I love that Violet's family members see that she is going through a lot and give Violet the space to deal with it in her own way, but they are always close enough if she needs them. I can't remember reading a YA book with such emotionally-stable families. Desires of the Dead really has it all! There is plenty of stalker/ killer creepiness, and yet lots of love, kissing, sweetness, and of course the emotional stuff. Kimberly Derting is an amazing author and has quickly become one of my favorites. I can see myself re-reading both The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead over and over. I would recommend this book to everyone and I see movie potential all over these books.
Heather_Lynn More than 1 year ago
Desires of the Dead is the second book in the series The Body Finder. The love, passion, and suspense in the book are great. If you have read The Body Finder you will not be disappointed. However, I did find that Desires of the Dead was not as suspenseful as The Body Finder. I was still freaked out and felt like I need to lock the doors. However, The Body Finder left you not wanting to even leave your bed. So, just keep in mind that you may not be "pee your pants" freaked but you will definitely be left a little nerved.
mybook37 More than 1 year ago
A little slow to start but well worth it. Great story, good characters, action, romance. Super.
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
DESIRES OF THE DEAD, by Kimberly Derting, is the continuation of The Body Finder series. We left off with Violet and Jay turning their friendship into a relationship amid Violet coming out about her ability to sense the dead and the respective killer. Where I felt The Body Finder lacked in action, Desires of the Dead definitely upped the anty. Many heart-pounding situations were happening simultaneously, and I found myself speeding through the book to get to the end. Violet and Jay are the sweetest couple (probably ever) and I love how they went through numerous ups and downs together throughout the book. Violet's gift and her solo exploration of it was the main issue that poked holes in this relationship and showed them how to make it stronger. I liked the introduction of new characters in this book. Sara, the FBI agent, and her 'helper', Rafe, added to the mix of this really great sophomore novel of the series. I was intrigued (and still am) with Rafe and his mysersious connection with Violet. I hope to see these characters in future books. My love for Violet and Jay, many new characters, and this cover (BEAUTIFUL!) really made this book linger in my mind long after it was finished. I cannot wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone who is wondering about rafe's story you can find out a lil more about him and his first love named sophie in a book called Enthralled on page 285 by ms.Derting and the mini story is called skin contact. But i really do hope rafe has a happy ending he really should get one after all he has gone through
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is the continuation of the body finder. This book might have a slow start but will definetly catch up and end up to be one of your top favorites. It keeps you flipping the pages nonstop until there is no more. AMAZINGLY AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!
NookBookMommy More than 1 year ago
I read the first book and really enjoyed it, so I decided to read the second book. It has a great story line, with several twists that I didn't see coming. By the ending, you can tell there will be more books. As for the characters, Violet really got on my nerves. She's really indecisive and mopey. She is not the lovable character from the first book. Also, this book has more mature content (as Violet and her boyfriend take things further than teens should). I would not recommend this book for younger teens.
puppyloverMH More than 1 year ago
Page turner 100%. Great sequel. It was even more shocking then the first book. It kept you guessing til the very end.
Jayme Fierro More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I hope there are more to come!
cynthial11 More than 1 year ago
After reading The Body Finder I was a bit curious to find out what Kimberly Derting would come up with in the next book in the series. The Body Finder does not leave you on a cliffhanger, the problem was resolved and it had a great ending that could've made it a stand alone novel. Even though I wasn't really sure what to expect on Desires of the Dead, I knew that I definitely wanted more of Jay and Violet, but mainly swoon worthy good guy Jay. Thanks to my generous friend, I had the opportunity to read Desires of The Dead and get to know more about these wonderful characters. Desires of the Dead started off a little slower for me than The Body Finder did, it took me just a little longer to get into it and it had a bit of a different feel to it. Just like in The Body Finder we get to see the story unfold from Violet's point of view but also from someone else, someone that's jealous of Violet's happiness and secretly hates her. It wasn't as creepy as the chapters we got from the killer in the first book but it was still a little disturbing to see the point of view of someone full of hate and jealousy, someone that seems damaged, but I really didn't feel she was as dangerous as the killer in the first one. I did find it very interesting that the titles from each of the stalker's chapters was named after one of the seven deadly sins and they fit each little chapter perfectly. I ended up liking that a lot, we get a feel of what this person is really like and what's going through the stalker's mind, I loved that we get little clues into who might be the stalker with each chapter as we read. At first I wasn't so sure I was liking the direction that the story was taking, we have the stalker and at the same time we have Violet trying to understand her ability a lot more and get a little control over it. We also have the addition of a couple of new characters that might play an important role in Violet's future and what she decides to do with her powers, I wasn't so sure how that was going to turn out. After a while and once I got into the book I decided the new direction the story was taking was going to be a good one in the end and since it didn't really affect the love I had for Jay and Violet I was ok with it. You really have to read it to find out what it is because I don't want to spoil it for you. Just know that Kim once again throws those twists and surprises as the story is unfolding that prove all of your predictions wrong, just like she did in the first book. Even though it didn't give me the chills and goosebumps like The Body Finder did, I still liked Desires of the Dead a whole lot! I love Jay and Violet's relationship and how it grows even stronger in this one, the writing that flows easily and the well developed characters, even the side characters that we get to know a lot more. Definitely a great sequel and I cannot wait to see what will happen next in this series because even though it doesn't end in a cliffhanger it leaves you wondering of the possibilities of Violet's future.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this one. It's hard not to when the first in a series comes out with a bang. With the paranormal element and a cast of characters you can't help but love, I think think series will go far. I really love Violet's ability. The author has definitely put some thought into it. Each death has a distinctive call for Violet and I think that is truly a unique aspect to this story. I think she's really coming to terms with what she can do. Before it was just a matter of animals and proper burial. I think she's realizing she can use it for the greater good. I like the character growth involved in this. Although there was awhile there she was your typical teenage girl. It had nothing to do with her ability and everything to do with Jay. I wanted to smack her and tell her to stop being so foolish. I hope Jay is always there to be her knight in shinning armor. It's not that she needs saving, but the dead call to her so strongly that sometimes she doesn't realize the danger she puts herself in. He's known her for so long and cares for her so much that it's hard not to find him so endearing. I also liked the addition of Rafe. I hope the author doesn't make it a love triangle in the future. But Rafe would make a great shoulder for Violet to lean on. I pegged the mystery pretty easily this time. But, I don't think it was about the mystery in this installment. It was about Violet accepting that she can use her ability to help others. Which brings us to the FBI involvement. I wasn't sure about Sara at first. I couldn't figure out what she was after. But, I was glad she was so interested in Violet and I think she (and her crew) can really help Violet. I highly recommend this series to anyone that likes a touch of mystery mixed in with their paranormal. It's perfect for teens and adults!
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MontzieW More than 1 year ago
Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2) by Kimberly Derting is another awesome book about Violet who can 'feel' echos of people that have been murdered and track them down. This gets her into a bit of trouble this book because now she is noticed by more than her family and Jay. Someone is also threatening her with notes, calls, and a dead cat. These books are always filled with intrigue, mystery, excitement, and real life dialogue and feelings between Violet and Jay. Violet is compelled to follow the echo and help the dead and that leads her into trouble. Wonderful plot, twists, and surprises, and great suspense. Love these books.
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Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
I loved The Body Finder. The narration was tense and the plot shocking. Desires of the Dead was still good, but I did not enjoy it as much. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, it just felt more like a filler novel than a sequel. Violet is having a rough time after dealing with the events of The Body Finder. She isn't sleeping well and has turned into herself, not wanting to upset her parents or Jay. Unlike The Body Finder, there isn't a murder roaming around town who becomes interested in Violet, this time the party obsessed individual wants Violet's life. Not in the "I'm going to kill you" way, but in the "I want to be you" way. While not as tense, I do appreciate the fact that Kimberly isn't doing murderer after murderer after murderer. Because how many serial killers can one small town have? Am I the only one who has that pet peeve? Violet catches the attention of an FBI agent after finding the body of a small boy in a shipping container. This agent seems to know more about Violet's situation than she's letting on and is, rightfully so, wary this woman and her associate Rafe. Both are hiding things from Violet, trying to get her to truth them, while Violet attempts to figure out if they can be trusted and the reasoning behind their deep interest in her and her ability. As far as the characters, I simply adore Jay. He and Violet simply have the cutest relationship. I honestly think the years they spent as friends have truly solidified their romantic relationship, even when they aren't on the same page. Violet is the main character that I like, but annoy me to no end when they don't talk to their friends / family and try handle everything themselves. Without getting too deep into spoiler territory, the ending is where this book found its niche. The ending is tense and nerve wracking; the reasons I enjoyed this series in the first place. Desires of the Dead has a good story line, and I really enjoyed addition and the plot points that came about with the FBI, but I did find it to be a bit too predictable. I'll be interested in seeing what happens with The Last Echo and cross my fingers that the tension and and creep factor from The Body Finder will show up again.
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Another great book from this series
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