|Title: Desires of the Dead||
|Author: Kimberly Derting|
|Elements: Thriller, Mystery|
|Series: Book 2 of The Body Finder series|
This was a good sequel to THE BODY FINDER. It gave me more of Violet and Jay's relationship, but I felt that at the same time, there was less of the mystery that so thrilled me in TBD. The revealing of the clues regarding Violet's stalker was obvious, given the situation, and I felt frustrated as Violet had to make some hard choices, and this caused a rift between Violet and Jay.
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.
Derting definitely has a style when it comes to writing the thriller aspect, and while this worked on many levels, the surprise wanes once you start anticipating the moves of the antagonist. When the reveal came, I wasn't as interested as I was in Violet and Jay's relationship. DotD's real thriller is there. I would have thought there would be more romance between them, seeing how lovey dovey they both were at the end of TBD, and was surprised to find that the magic had gone by the start of DotD. The thing is, I can see where Derting's going with this. She lays out Violet's thought and Jay's actions so clearly that I could see both their point of views when they had fights.
I'll be reading the next book once it comes out, seeing as how The Body Finder series is more episodic rather than having a series long book arc. This is a great book for those who are looking for a contemporary thriller and romance, and Derting doles out both generously.