Warning! If you haven’t read The Body Finder or Desires of the Dead, please do so before continuing with this post about the third book in The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting, The Last Echo. Spoilers ahead!
I don’t know what it says about me that I’m fascinated with books about serial killers. (Maybe it just means that I’m incredibly interesting. Probably not, though.) I don’t mean that I like true crime books. I don’t. In fact, if it actually happened, I want very little to do with it. (Unless we’re talking about Jack the Ripper. Fictional books based on his crimes are kind of awesome, especially Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star.) I enjoy fiction that gives me a glimpse of what it *might* be like if a serial killer were running rampant. I also like it when teenagers are the ones responsible for stopping the killer. That explains why I’m such a fan of Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder series. In each book, the main character, Violet, uses her extrasensory ability to locate the bodies of the dead and match the echo attached to the body with the imprint left on the killer. (If you’ve read these books, this needs no explanation. If you haven’t, read the first book, and all will become clear…sort of.) This unique ability is both a gift and a curse. Sometimes Violet’s ability helps the dead to find peace. But sometimes it puts Violet in a killer’s sights…
In The Last Echo, Violet is coming to terms with people finally knowing about her ability. She’s working with a team of kids with their own psychic connections to the dead. When she finds the body of a young girl, she’s drawn into the case of a serial killer known only as “the collector.” This madman kidnaps young women and keeps them as his girlfriends…until they do something that upsets him. Violet and her team, including the enigmatic Rafe (who shares an unsettling connection with Violet), are using all of their considerable abilities to find this killer. They might even use a few less-than-legal methods.
When one of these adventures gets them into a bit of trouble, Violet unwittingly becomes the target of yet another psycho, a gang member who has so many imprints attached to him that Violet wonders just how many people he’s killed. In addition to tracking “the collector,” Violet is now working to put someone else, someone who may be even more dangerous, behind bars.
Violet’s life is more complicated than ever before. Her work with the team, while it makes her feel like less of a freak, may be putting her very life in danger. (And even though she kind of likes working with this special team, she’s getting a little sick of all the secrets being kept from her.) Her parents and her boyfriend Jay want her to quit, but Violet has this need to help the dead find peace. The only way to do that is to use her special ability to find their killers and bring them to justice. Violet may be in more danger, however, than she ever thought possible. She’s in the sights of not one but two killers. One wants her to die. The other wants to make her his…forever.
How can one girl cope with being a target? How can Violet use her ability to stop more deaths—including her own? Solve the mystery when you read The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting.
I know this is not my best review/recap, which kind of sucks since I enjoyed this book–the whole series, really–so much. I totally downplayed the complicated connection between Violet and Rafe and its impact on Violet’s relationship with her super-supportive boyfriend Jay. (No, that’s not sarcasm. Jay is almost too-good-to-be-true in his support of Violet and her decisions.) While I think this is a very important part of the book, I honestly feel that the story—the search for “the collector” and the other psycho fixated on Violet—is more important. The Last Echo was all about Violet and her issues with her ability, whether it helps her or puts her in the line of fire. In the end, it was totally up to Violet to save herself. (Also, I fully expect that the next book in this series will delve even deeper into the connection between Violet and Rafe. At least, I hope so.)
Speaking of the next book, there’s no word yet on a title, cover, or synopsis, but it is expected to be released sometime in 2013, probably in the spring.
For more information on The Body Finder series, the author, and other books by Kimberly Derting, visit http://kimberlyderting.com/. You can also follow the author on Twitter @kimberlyderting.
Still not enough? Well, check out this book trailer for The Last Echo from HarperTeen. It’s pretty cool. Enjoy!