Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Published By: Harper Collins

Date of Publication: February 15, 2011

Categories:Fiction, Mystery, Series, Urban Paranormal, YA

Pages: 368

Summary (from

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.

Review: I was really looking forward to reading this sequel after reading The Body Finder. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Violet and Jay’s relationship was still just as cute as ever, without being over flowery. I really liked that when they’re together they’re so perfect for each other, but they still manage to be able to get along without each other too. The characters aren’t based on each other, so they’re still interesting when they’re apart. I have to admit that Jay is one of my favorite YA boyfriends.

One thing that I really like about Violet’s character is that she’s a strong, independent female main character. I’ve read book after book where the main character is nothing like Vioelet (sometimes it works, but often it doesn’t), so it was a lot of fun to have Violet back again. She doesn’t sit around and wait for someone else bigger and stronger to save the day when she’s in trouble. She does something about it herself.

One part of the story that I really enjoyed and thought kept it fresh was the FBI storyline. I thought it was interesting to see how Violet reacted to that. I’m excited to see where that goes in the next book.

In terms of the mystery part of this book, I have to admit that for me it fell a little short of The Body Finder, although it wasn’t bad at all – it just wasn’t as creepy as the first one.

If you’re looking for a book with great characters, a really sweet relationship, a paranormal component, and a mystery, this is definitely the book for you.

Click here to check out my review of the first book in this series, The Body Finder.


Disclosure: I got this book from the library.


One thought on “Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

  1. I’ve heard so much about this series but never really had a look at them. They sound so interesting and different.
    The first in the series is always the best normally – it’s the one that grabs your attention for the series and gives the author an audience to write the rest for. It’s the same with the Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen, I thought too.
    Great review, so interesting 🙂

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