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.
(Summary from GoodReads)
Desires of the Dead is a book I put off reading for quite a while—I was worried it would feel too much like reading The Body Finder but with a slightly different plotline. Luckily, Derting’s sophomore novel had me rapidly turning the pages and constantly trying to predict what was coming next. Desires of the Dead proved to be a thrilling read with a compelling emotional component.
Derting continues with her theme of writing passages from the killers’ perspective. I thought this might feel tiresome after one book, but Derting does an excellent job of keeping each person individual. The whole book, but these parts especially, were extremely atmospheric.
Jay, along with Violet’s friends, continued to do very little for me. They aren’t badly written characters, but I do think of them as being so ordinary that they’re boring. Luckily Jay’s friend Mike and his sister Megan added a lot of emotional depth to the story. Derting introduced us to a few new characters who had a particular interest in Violet’s power, which made for an intriguing plotline.
While Desires of the Dead has a few elements that don’t appeal to me, overall it showcases Derting’s strength as a writer, particularly her ability to write series. She expanded her premise and story in a way that was both logical yet fascinating. Desires of the Dead doesn’t have a spot on my favorites shelf, but it was good enough to lead me to the third book in this series.
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.
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