Book Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Desires of the Dead (Body Finder, book 2)
by Kimberly Derting
368 pages (Hardcover)
Published Feb 15th 2011 by HarperCollins
ISBN: 0061779849 (ISBN13: 9780061779848)


The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.


Desires of the Dead! Finally! If you haven't read The Body Finder yet, then you wouldn't understand how much I suffered waiting for this book. But if you have, I hope we share the same sentiment.

The Body Finder was one of the most gripping and breathtaking books I've read in 2010 so my expectations for Desires of the Dead were rather high. So, did DotD live up to my expectations? Sadly, no. I am afraid that the intensity of TBF was barely present in DotD. Were there more Jay and Violet romantic scenes? Fortunately, yes! I'm a very big fan of this couple, and there were more than a handful romantic scenes between them in DotD. Was Violet being annoying like in TBF? Oh yes, she was. The same reasons why she annoyed me in TBF were also the same reasons why she annoyed me in DotD. I also didn't like how she kept doing things on her own. She kept doing the same mistakes over and over until it got tiring and very old. So, were there new characters? Yep. 5, actually. All play a significant role. 2 of them we'll see in the next books.

All in all, is DotD worth reading even after it didn't live up to your expectations? Oh, yes. Even though TBF was undoubtly superior to DotD, it still has some level of intensity to it. Besides, the new characters are worth getting to know. Really, you just can't miss it.

Rating: 4/5


  1. Isn't it infuriating to love a book but also want to shake it's heroine? LOL I felt much the same way you did in both TBF and DotD. I simply love Kimberly Derting and her writing style, but Violet's perpetual need to constantly go off on her own was so frustrating!

  2. I've got to read The Body Finder! A lot of my blogger friends tell me that it should be moved up in my TBR pile! These books sound so good. Anytime someone is dying to read the sequel, waiting painfully for it to be released, then you know the books have to be good!

  3. I haven't read this one yet will be definitely be reading it as soon as I get the time because I loved The Body Finder and the relationship between Jay and Violet.

  4. I just downloaded the Bodyfinder on my Kindle. I can't wait to red it!

  5. I suffered waiting for this one too!! TBF was my favourite book of 2010 and Jay is my favourite book boy. I'm a little obsessed with him!

    I thought this one lacked a little of the suspense of TBF, but all that romance made up for it!!


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