Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Like with her first book, The Body Finder, Derting hooks readers from the beginning with a combination of an engaging heroine with a strange ability and romantic tension between her and her best friend Jay. Though Violet and Jay's relationship occasionally borders on unrealistically fairy tale-like, even when they're arguing, it's easy to overlook when Derting's writing is so addicting and her mysteries so compelling. Michael and his family are intriguing characters, and Derting builds the mystery that surround them well. Sara Priest, her affiliations, and her investigation into Violet also add another serious edge to the story as Violet finally has to deal with the consequences of finding so many bodies and the curiosity of the outside world. Both elements are balanced well throughout the novel, and open up some interesting possibilities for Violet if the series continues. The mystery in Desires of the Dead isn't quite as intricate as its prequel's, but Derting does write an entertaining book with a few twists that does concentrate more on Violet, her emotional health, and how she is forced to handle life. Though the book wraps up nicely, fans will be hoping for another book in the series.
Cover Comments: This one is a lot like the cover of The Body Finder, which I loved. And I do like the vibrant pink of this cover. My only complaint is that it is so similar to its prequel's cover that they might get the two confused. Other than that, beautiful!
If you haven't read The Body Finder yet, it's available now in e-book format for only $1.99!