DESIRES OF THE DEAD By Kimberly Derting [Review]

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Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting is the second novel in The Body Finder series, and while I found the first book a little too creepy at times for my taste (not a big fan of serial killer stories), I enjoyed the second book much more.

For those who don’t know, the series follows Violet, a young girl who hears echoes of dead people that haven’t been put to rest calling out to her to find them. Desires of the Dead opens some time after the events of The Body Finder have come to pass. Violet is still recovering from what happened, when she stumbles upon the body of a young boy. This time her discovery attracts the attention of the FBI risking her secret ability becoming public.

But that’s not all, Violet now has to deal with her new relationship with Jay, especially when Jay is not as supportive as she needs him to be and spending more time with his new friend Mike.

And finally to make matters worse, Violet could be the object/victim of a new obsession, which eventually leads to unveiling a dark secret.

As I mentioned above, this second book was a little more to my liking, not that I didn’t enjoy the first book, but between the creep factor and somewhat of an unsatisfying ending wrapped up too quickly, I was happy that Desires of the Dead entertained me the whole way.

The best way I can describe Desires of the Dead for me is that it was entertaining, but nothing more, nothing less. It wasn’t really a book that got me excited about it, but it wasn’t a book that I hated either, it was right in the middle. It’s like an enjoyable movie you go see over the weekend. Would I recommend it? It depends. Are you looking for a book that will impact you and make you think? This is not it. But if you enjoyed The Body Finder or are looking for something diverting to read, then you might want to pick up Desires of the Dead.

However, I will say this fans of the first book, will most likely be happy to reunite with the characters they have come to know in The Body Finder. Furthermore, the “side chapters” told through the point of view of the killer are back, but this time it’s obviously someone different, but also with different motives.

Overall, I enjoyed my time with Desires of the Dead, but I probably wouldn’t put the next book in the series at the top of my list.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars | Publisher: HarperTeen | Pages: 368 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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