Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Review: The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Last Echo
Series: The Body Finder Series
Book #: Three
Author: Kimberly Derting
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Source: Around the World ARC Tours

Format: Advanced Reader's Copy 
Buy The Book: Amazon
My Rating:  
In the end, all that’s left is an echo.

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice.

When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye.... 
Gah, I love this fabulously creepy, spine-chilling series. I'll be the first to admit that I'm a complete wimp when it comes to horror stories, and this book had me a wee bit freaked out in bed at night. This "bad guy" is even more twisted than his predecessors. Even his name, "the collector," gives me goosebumps. It is for that very reason, among others, that I adore Derting's novels. She knows just how to balance humor, mystery, romance, and horror in her fantastic YA novels.

Unlike in the previous novels, Violet doesn't have to bear the burden of her "gift" alone. This time, she is a part of a supernatural team that hunts down killers before they can claim their next victims. The team is really what sets The Last Echo apart from the other books. I really enjoyed the bonds Violet forged with her new partners, and it was fascinating to see their unique powers in action. 

*spoiler* When Derting first introduced Rafe into the equation, I groaned internally. I don't think I could handle it if yet another one of my favorite protagonists fell into a ridiculous love triangle. Not to mention that I adore Jay, one of the sweetest fictional boyfriends I've ever read about. Rafe could never replace this boy in my eyes. Luckily, Violet steers clear of any messy romances and stays true to her devoted best-friend-turned-boyfriend. Thank goodness, or I might have chucked this book out of my window.

My favorite aspect of this series is Violet's gift. Now, as morbid as that sounds, I do have my reasons. First of all, it is entirely unique. I read a ton of young adult literature, and I've yet to see anything quite like it. Secondly, it adds so much to Vi. With the weight of the dead's secrets on her shoulders, she's grown and developed throughout the series. I can't even imagine how I would handle such a devastating curse.

Overall, I was immensely pleased with this installment in The Body Finder series. Fans of Lisa McMann and Laurie Stolarz will eat this series up. I cannot wait to see what creepy tale Derting publishes next!