Author: Kimberly Derting
Date of Publication: April 17, 2012
Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book
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Synopsis: 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...
Derting seems to have really hit her stride with this novel, full of heart pounding action and non-stop excitement I could hardly put this novel down once I got into it. The perfect blend of romance and mystery this series only improves with every coming novel, leaving me eager for the fourth novel, Dead Silence!
One of the major reasons I loved this novel so much was the larger role of the killer throughout the novel. With more chapters devoted to looking inside the murderers mind I relished the chance to really understand what made the killer tick. One of the most developed and interesting murderers in the series by far the mystery aspect of this novel blew my expectations out of the water.
The excellent mystery definitely made up for the lack of romance in The Lase Echo. Even though Jay was present he played a much smaller role than in previous novels, making me suspect a love triangle may be in the works. Despite Violets vehement comments about Rafe only being a friend I have a feeling that there will undoubtedly be something between them that will come to the surface in the next novel.
With a heart stopping ending followed by a horrible cliff-hanger I'm definitely excited for the next novel in the series! Derting has improved a lot during the course of this series and I have loved watching more secrets regarding Violet and her friends come to the surface. I always love a good mystery and The Body Finder delivers every time!
I would highly recommend this series to older teens looking for a good mystery with plenty of romance. Appealing even to older fans of YA this is a series that should not be missed for any reason!