Readers, despair. Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting is (presumably) the fourth and final book in The Body Finder series … and that just won’t abide.
Sure, Dead Silence is spectacularly creepy (and I’m still a bit worried about Derting, who seems so friendly & chipper on the outside). And sure, Violet’s romance with Jay is delectably curl-your-toes-and-squeal-worthy. And sure, there’s a whole potential government conspiracy going on that involves talented teens like Violet and her friends.
But that’s it. There’s no more. No more mysteries for Violet to solve (that we get to read about, anyway). No more encounters with Jay. No more brooding conversations with Rafe, or new discoveries about Violet’s “gift.” No more walking into dangerous situations and nearly getting herself killed because of a persistent echo.
Kimberly Derting, what have you done?!?!? The Body Finder series is spectacular. These books — every single one of them — have grabbed me from the first page, and refused to let go until I’d read every single word. Dead Silence was, of course, no exception. (I was seriously sleep deprived the week I read this book. My fiance hated me for keeping him up at night while I read in bed, and he tried to sleep.)
I think my only disappointment with Dead Silence is that this last book was less about the mystery du jour, and more about Violet herself: her imprint, her relationship quandaries, her friendships, her family history, and her place with her “team mates.” And while I loved seeing Violet’s struggles with these — I felt as if the crime that carried throughout this story faded into the background. And what’s more … at the end of the book, I still wanted MORE.
So here’s my plea, to Kimberly and to her publisher, Harper Collins. I WANT MORE. I want more Violet and Jay and Rafe and Chelsea. I want more body finding. I want more creeptastic crimes and murder mysteries. I want to see what happens when Violet finishes her senior year of school. I want to see how she continues to balance keeping her secret (or not???) with her school and her friends and her family. I want to know what happens next.
So Kim? Harper Collins? Can you make that happen, please? That would be great, thanks.
Dead Silence is in stores April 16th. Here is the official synopsis:
Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.
When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.