Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Harper (HarperCollins)
Release Date: April 17th, 2012
Interest: Favorite Series
Source: ARC received from the publisher
Summary (From Goodreads): 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….
First of all, if you haven’t read this series yet then you shouldn’t read this review, but you SHOULD read The Body Finder pronto!
For those of you who are up to speed with Kimberly Derting’s fabulous series, I positively loved The Last Echo! It has all of the normal goodies from The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead (mystery, suspense, romance, Jay, etc.), but The Last Echo also feels more mature which fits with where Violet is in her life. She’s joined Sara Priest and others to help the police find murderers which is a very adult job to take on as a teenager. This means Violet’s working more closely with Rafe and consequently there’s more tension between those two and also between Jay and Violet.
I like where Kimberly Derting is taking the story and how she’s developing Violet’s character. Watching Violet trying to navigate through her life as a teen, but also as a teen with a supernatural ability and adult job is really intriguing and has kept me reading the story. One of the reason I enjoy The Body Finder series so much is because while it has a supernatural element, I feel like I’m still reading something realistic. Jay isn’t the typical paranormal guy love interest who acts like he’s 30 even though he’s a teenager. He still rings true for me as a regular teen guy who’s really in love, and just a bit jealous as well. Violet’s life isn’t exactly normal, but she she still has common worries like other teens her age. Keeping these characters grounded in the story makes it more believable and entertaining. I feel like I’m watching Violet grow up and I can’t wait to see where the story takes her in book four.
Of course, while I love the reality, I was completely engrossed in the mystery! Like always, I had so many predictions and only some were close to accurate. This “girlfriend collector” is creepy! As in the past books we get to read sections from his point of view, and when I read those sections I kept making sure my door was locked. He seems so unsuspecting, but not someone I would want to cross paths with. The Body Finder had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, but not as much in Desires of the Dead. I’m happy to report that The Last Echo is very similar to The Body Finder (and then some) in regards to mystery and suspense!
Violet and Jay’s relationship in these books is swoon-worthy. It didn’t feel quite as steamy in The Last Echo, but it’s becoming more of a relationship of understanding and acceptance while still maintaining a strong sense of romance. Jay is still always by Violet’s side and supporting her, but the tension with Rafe in the picture and Violet’s new job adds new levels of stress. Both Jay and Violet are working on trusting each other and working together to be more supportive and understanding. Jay is still one of my all-time favorite Y.A. crushes. I won’t say too much more about the relationship because there’s so much left to ponder at the end of Desires of the Dead.
Overall, I am incredibly thankful that HarperCollins sent me this ARC because The Body Finder series is one of my favorites and continues to be. This book rocked and left me excited for the fourth book!