Monday, June 10, 2013

Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

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.

Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 389
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 17

Ahhh. Where to start. 

Dead Silence is the last in the Body Finder series (so far). Although overall I thought the pacing of this book was similar to Desires of the Dead, which was slower and more character-based, this book also started and ended with two major bangs. And in that way, a perfect way to finish the series (so far). Last I heard Kimberly Derting didn't say an official no to continuing the series, but is taking a break and writing new books

If you don't know about Violet's ability as "The Body Finder", she explains her knack for finding dead bodies and matching killers quite well in Dead Silence. 
"...every body develops a unique energy all its own. It's like a signature. I call it an echo...These echoes can be anything, a taste, a smell, a color, a sound, a sensation. No two are alike, at least that I know of...whatever that echo is also attaches to the killer too, exactly the same. I call it an imprint." 
It's not "spoilery" to talk about the prologue, because it happens in the very beginning. A main character dies, and that lends the book added suspense. You are just waiting, biting your nails, for it to happen! 

For readers who have been disappointed by the lack of Jay in books 2 and 3, he is in Dead Silence quite a bit. Which I love. Because I love Jay. So much. (So much). He's so average but in the very best way. Him and Violet are perfect for each other. One of the things I love most about these novels (save for the intense creepiness) is that even though there are boys and girls who test Violet and Jay's relationship, the couple always stays true to each other. I love that because it's rare in young adult novels right now. 

Having said that, Violet was incredibly annoying at the end of the book when she repeatedly did not listen to Jay (or anyone else). If she had, she could have saved everyone a whole lot of trouble. I give MC's quite a bit of slack, knowing they have to make a certain amount of 'stupid mistakes' to have a good book, but she was getting ridiculous. I do still love her character, though! She's very real and relatable. 

Besides Violet's stupid decisions, there was one more thing that irked me throughout the novel that really shouldn't, but totally did. Violet almost never says thank you to Jay. He treats her a lot better than she treats him, in my opinion. Even though there's no doubt she loves him a ton. 

If you can get past the first day of school cliches at the beginning, the novel still gets off to a great start. Two of her teammates join White River High School, which gives the book an added layer of depth that Violet has to deal with. 
"They were her teammates, sure, but they were also stirring up trouble in the part of her life she'd always considered her own. The one she tried to keep separate from the secrets of her team and her ability." 
Having these characters at her school allows Violet to finally confront the balance that's needed of her two separate lives. She also takes time to get over the post dramatic stress of how the third book ended, which left her scarred in more ways than one. These are subplots in the novel, and also take up the majority of the first part of the book before the main plot of the killer's point of view begins to unravel. 

That's one thing I loved and disliked about this book. I thought Dead Silence was going to be slow moving, because I couldn't figure out how in the heck the killer's point of view had anything to do with what was happening in Violet's life. Usually it's pretty easy to guess what the killer is up to and then you just wait for Violet's life to coincidentally meet it head on. In this case, murders were happening on Violet's end and practically nothing on the killer's end, and it wasn't until about halfway that you started to put two and two together, and understand the connection. That part was really clever! However, it did make the killer's point of view less intriguing at times. 

The last thing I'll talk about is the ending. It closes with unfinished business. But the open-ending just leaves Kimberly Derting the perfect opportunity to write more Body Finder novels if she chooses in the future. 

I certainly hope she does. 

If you can't already guess, I love this series. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in murder, hints of supernatural, romance, creepiness--the whole shebang! Go get a copy now! 

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  1. Hmmm... I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I read Kimberly Derting's first book in this series, The Body Finder, but I never followed up with the rest of the series. Funny, the same thing happened with The Pledge. I still haven't read The Essence. I doubt I'll finish this series, but it's good to know you enjoyed this book overall, and that there is room for more! I'm definitely going to check out her new seres... but I said the same thing when we first heard about The Pledge! D:

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. If I'm to be honest, I didn't like The Pledge series...I only read Book 1, so I agree with you there! But I don't know, there's something I really like about The Body Finder series. It was one of the first young adult books I read, so maybe I'm just emotionally attached to it. ;)


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