The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

Posted April 11, 2012 by Sara | Novel Novice 2 Comments

The stakes are higher than ever in Kimberly Derting’s Body Finder series in the third book, The Last Echo, in stores April 17th. The book picks up after the fallout of events in Desires of the Dead, and follows Violet on her new role with a group of misfits who also possess bizarre paranormal gifts as they assist law enforcement in solving some unsavory crimes:

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…

As always, Derting is a master of suspense and the killer in The Last Echo may be her creepiest yet — which is saying something, because Kim has a knack for creeping me out! (Seriously, after reading this book, you’ll never look at purple nail polish the same way again.) But the killer that Violet and her team are looking for isn’t the only danger Violet’s facing.

Besides being in the cross-hairs of some despicable criminals, Violet also finds herself grappling with her turbulent “friendship,” if you can even call it that, with fellow team member Rafe. He’s always been there when she needs help, but his standoffish attitude is sending major mixed signals — at least to Violet. Then there’s her boyfriend Jay, who means everything to her, her parents and the rest of her family, and the other members of her team … adolescence is already a turbulent time, but Violet’s teen years are in even more upheaval because of her gift. And while some characters may crack under all the pressure Violet’s facing, she carries on and comes out a stronger person for it.

In The Last EchoDerting raises the stakes to whole new levels — and with a sinister twist at the end, she sets things on edge for what I can only image will be a truly intense ride when the fourth book in this stellar series hits store shelves. I’ve loved all the books in this series, but The Last Echo may be the best one yet.

Look for The Last Echo in stores April 17th.

Sara | Novel Novice

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