Book Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

If you ever meet Kimberly Derting in person, you’ll immediately see that she is a sweet, friendly and all-around awesome person.

Don’t let that fool you.

Kimberly Derting will scare the crap out of you. At least, her writing certainly will.

Her books The Body Finder and the upcoming Desires of the Dead are creepy. Scary. Intense. They are crime thrillers masquerading as Young Adult paranormal romance.

Don’t get me wrong — there’s plenty of YA paranormal going on in both books, and the romance is squeal-inducing delightful. (I mean, giggle-to-yourself-with-glee romance.)

But The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead are both suspenseful crime thrillers at heart, and reading them will get your heart racing and your blood pumping. They’ll creep you out. They’ll make you jump at small noises; hallucinate lurking threats in the night; give you nightmares as you try to fall asleep. And in a good way. In the very best way imaginable.

When we interviewed Kim last year, shortly following the release of The Body Finder, she told us that she read a lot of Stephen King growing up — and that his work had a heavy influence on her own writing.

Well, freaking DUH. That’s clear to anyone reading The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead. Clearly all those years reading King have paid off, and Derting has learned from the master himself — because she’s got wicked skills keeping you on the edge of your seat, toes curled in terror, anticipating the worst while hoping for the best.

Everything I loved about The Body Finder is back and better than ever with Desires of the Dead. It’s wonderful to see Jay & Violet finally together, and to watch the trials that come along with a fledgling romance — especially a romance that is rooted in so many years of friendship. Even in their most trying times, the relationship grounds the story in reality: these are the things every reader can relate to.

Meanwhile, Violet is still coming to accept her “gift” of hearing the echoes of the dead — and as she struggles to accept her gift, she is suddenly faced with a decision. Should she continue using her gift to solve crimes? This decision is only made more difficult when one of her tips lands her under the watchful eye of the FBI, and one investigator in particular who could really be a good match for Agent Mulder from The X-Files. And then there’s the intriguing new character of Rafe — who probably isn’t a potential love interest for Violet, but he certainly could be. More importantly, he may know more about her gift than he’s letting on.

And much like The Body Finder, Derting once again takes advantage of her Pacific Northwest setting and maxes out its creepy potential. There’s nothing like searching for a possible dead body in a dreary, drizzling, dark day to get your heart racing. Derting truly has a gift for suspense, and she plays to this advantage perfectly.

If you enjoyed The Body Finder, you will easily devour Desires of the Dead. The book is a superb paranormal crime-thriller meets YA romance. And if you haven’t checked out this series yet, now is the time to do it. I can’t wait to see what Derting has planned for Jay and Violet’s next adventures.

Desires of the Dead is in stores February 15th. We’ll also be featuring both books as our March Book of the Month!

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  1. I can not believe I have not read either of these books yet. They are on my list though, and I am glad to hear they are so good. Thanks for the review.

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