The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder #3
Published April 17, 2012 by HarperCollins
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Series: 1. The Body Finder 2. Desires of the Dead 3. The Last Echo*
Source: Bought @ B&N
Challenge: All Summer, All Series
Rating: Loved It

In the end, all that’s left is an echo…

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….(Source: Goodreads)

What I Loved about this final book in the series…the creeptastic serial killer. Derting took us back to The Body Finder, once again putting us in the mind’s eye of the killer. Violet has found a positive outlet for her secret talent of sensing murdered victims. Being part of the special FBI task force makes her feel normal. Somewhere she doesn’t have to hide what she can do. They’ve been brought in to help find the collector. His abductions and disposal are meticulously planned. He even dresses and paints the girls’ nails before calling in their location. Being forced to look at things through his point-of-view made me read quicker, if I didn’t finish I was going to have nightmares. Violet is the perfect female protagonist to follow. She is sweet and a rule follower. Her moral compass drives her to help, though throwing her into deadly situations face-to-face with more than just one killer. She appears fragile, but she harnesses her will to live and fights back with all of her might.

What I wasn’t so sure of…Derting introduces Violet to some new relationships and new dynamics to old ones. She has to figure out a way to balance her role on the team with the worry of her parents and Jay. Should she defy them to catch this killer? How much danger is she in? Then can Violet be just friends to Rafe, who is a suffering, brooding hottie? I wasn’t sure I could trust Derting to not break my heart. You’ll have to read to find out, but the few Jay scenes we got were good ones. You could feel their love for each other pour off the page and into your heart filling it up. They were too few.

I highly recommend the entire series. Even though Violet can sense dead people, it really has a contemporary feel for those that aren’t friends of the paranormal. And it is probably as close to true crime as I want to get. It scared the bajeezus out of me, but I trusted that Kimberly wouldn’t let Violet get hacked up into little pieces. It is different from anything else I’ve read in YA.

Had me on the edge of my reading chair with my nerves all bundled up ready to pee my pants. The best YA suspense, thriller I’ve read.

6 responses to “The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

  1. I may have to try a YA suspense at some time. I just have a hard time believing teenagers being in (or working with) the FBI. Though I admit they probably do under extraordinary circumstances. I should set aside my preconcieved notions and give one a whirl.

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  3. myparahangover

    Awesome review!! Thanks for no spoilers ;) I still need to get to this series… at least at this point it’ll be available at the library (yay!)

  4. I love this book and I agree not enough Jay! I can’t wait for the final book in the series!

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