Book Review: The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

Book Review: The Last Echo by Kimberly DertingThe Last Echo by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder #3
Published by Hachette UK on March 29th 2012
Rating: four-half-stars
Genres: Young Adult, General, Action & Adventure
Pages: 247

Violet has always kept her strange ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and best-friend-turned-boyfriend Jay. But now she's using her gift to help track down murderers, working in a group that includes the mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl murdered by 'the girlfriend collector', she is determine to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new 'relationship' and Violet seems to have caught his eye...

This book was soooooooooo good. It’s been absolutely ages since I read Desires of the Dead, but I started The Last Echo remembering pretty much everything about Violet, which says a lot about the previous two books because I basically just fell right back in love with this series. This is the third (and penultimate!) Body Finder novel, but it’s one of those series that doesn’t lag in the middle, doesn’t lose its way. Violet’s special ability is the forefront of the book, and once again she’s hunting for a killer, who leaves distinct echoes on his victims, but this time she’s not alone as she has her team to help her; well, the team she’s part of, technically it’s Sara’s team (well, considering that ending, I’m not sure *whose* team it is, but that’s another book – the final book, sob).

I honestly got so absorbed in this book that it only took two sittings to complete, and I read the vast majority of it in that final sitting, because it was just so darn good. There was so much tension, so much antsyness, I had to finish it, because I wanted to know what was going to happen next, and poor Violet doesn’t half go through the ringer in this one. But I like that Violet is strong and doesn’t let any kinds of incidents get her down, or stop her from using her ability for the best reasons.

And Jay! I love Jay. I know Derting’s trying to make some kind of triangle between Violet, Jay and Rafe, but to me there’s no triangle. It’s always been Jay and Violet, and to shoe-horn Rafe in makes me sad. BOYS AND GIRLS CAN BE FRIENDS WITHOUT ROMANTIC FEELINGS. Especially when the girl has a very loving, supportive, amazing boyfriend like Jay. Seriously, it’s not like Jay is a jerk and Rafe’s a hero. Jay is amazing, awesome, sooooooo sweet. Honestly there’s no contest. I mean Rafe’s not a bad guy, he’s lovely, but Jay wins this one for me.

I’m stoked to read Dead Silence, and mildly terrified, because I have no idea what’s going to happen, but I’m mostly stoked. The Last Echo was a terrific read, so absorbing and I was racing through the pages to get finished because I could barely put it down. Derting is such a good writer. So good, and this has been one of my favourite Young Adult series that I’ve ever read, and it says it all that it’s been about three years since I read Desires of the Dead and I remembered most of it really, really well, and very easily got into The Last Echo.


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