I love the Body Finder books by Kimberly Derting. Absolutely bloody love them. I get so excited when the time gets close to the release date… or, in this case, to the arrival of my ARC. I read them overnight and whinge until the next year and another book. I simply love them.
The Last Echo, which is book three in the series, took me three days to read, which is never a good sign… and I did not love it for a change. It was a bit of a let down.
Violet Ambrose has been chosen for a psychic team of forensic analysis because of her unique ability to sense corpses. She muddles along trying to find her place in the team, unsure what she is really doing in the scheme of things. Krystal is bizarre and Gemma plain despises her and Rafe… Rafe makes her feel unusual in a way that she can’t explain, except that his attention makes Violet’s boyfriend, Jay, extremely dissatisfied. Violet doesn’t know where her head and her heart lies but she has to figure it out quick. There is a new rash of murders plaguing the towns and the team has dubbed the perpetrator “A Collector”; a man who collects women and then kills them.
Violet is one of my current favourite of the YA heroines going right now. I adore her and love the relationship she has built with her paramour, Jay. She’s spunky and strong, but Violet in this book left me cold. She didn’t feel like herself. The first 300 pages of the book are a bit of a groan. We, as the audience, spend an inordinate amount of time with a new group of people off-formula from the previous books, and Violet herself struggles within the new dynamic. I found a lot of the book to be her trying to befriend the “cool kids”… Then there were the unnecessary measuring contests between Jay and Rafe over Violet. Sigh. The ending is really what saves this book, but it’s a shame that the beginning almost mars the journey.
Some great moments at the end though. Really, I’m not kidding when I say it saves the book. I read the last chunk of it as quick as I could and didn’t want it to stop. So, I guess my advice would be this – hold out… just hold out. The ending is so worth it.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
* The Last Echo releases April 17, 2012.