Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting!
My stop is my review of the book, plus a tour wide giveaway at the bottom of the page!
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Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4) by Kimberly Derting
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected Publication: April 16th, 2013 by Harper Collins
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.
With the release of Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting, The Body Finder series comes to an end. If you've read The Last Echo, you know that Violet Ambrose experienced a trauma that nobody should ever have to deal with. Consequently, she now has her own echo and it doesn’t help that she can't get away from the Center because of threats made towards her family and friends.
Violet has been an interesting character to me over the course of this series. She’s a caring person who has the natural ability of sensing the echoes of the dead and those who were responsible for their deaths. It’s pretty much all she’s known for her entire life and her family, while it unsettles them, seems to have come to grips with this reality kicking and screaming. Then there are other times when Violet runs into dangerous situations without thinking about her actions and ends up in peril. By the end of Dead Silence, she finally gets it through her thick skull to allow others to help her so that she’s not put into harm’s way.
Dead Silence diverts a bit from the previous installments in that it takes a peek at Violet's grandmother and what she went through as a teenager with the same abilities as Violet. Reading her Grandmother's journals really put things in proper prospective for Violet. She realizes that there were others besides her, Sara, Rafe, Krystal, Sam, and Gemma that came together and did fascinating things together. I won’t go into further detail because it will definitely spoil the book for you.
If you are looking for a creepy and sinister villain in Dead Silence, you will find him in a character who calls himself Father. For me, reading about Father was like relieving the era of Charles Mansion and his so called family that went around killing people. I would say the entire group of misfits that followed Father was unhinged and unstable but that’s a little benign and not telling the entire story.
On the friends’ front, the usual suspects in Jay, Chelsea, Jules and Claire all remain a tight group with Chelsea finally getting a peek into Violet's rather unique life and abilities. Rafe will once again surprise you by his actions but not only toward Violet. On the romance front, for me it will always be Violet and Jay no matter how much we hoot and holler or choose what team we are rooting for. It would be disingenuous of us to break up the happy couple just so we can get the bad boy with the good girl.
In the end, I was actually hoping for a bit more which is why my rating is a bit lower than I would have liked. The ending was a bit abrupt and there’s no outlet to figure out what happens next for Violet and her teammates. I guess we can always allow our imaginations to run wild and hope that Derting will spin off her characters into a new series or novella. Only time will tell.
Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster). She lives in the Seattle area, with her husband and three children, who often find the outrageous things they say either in the pages of her books or posted on Twitter or Facebook for the entire world to see.
You can visit her website at www.kimberlyderting.com.