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The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

April 5th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

Source: Received for review through San Francisco Book Review

Publication date: April 17, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

Series: The Body Finder series book 3

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from In the end, all that’s left is an echo…

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye…

I have been in love with this series and could not wait to read what I had thought was the last book in the series (to my surprise it looks like the series will be continuing).  While I enjoyed this book I was not blown away by it the way I was with the previous two books.

One issue I had was Jay, who is one of my favorite characters, was relegated to a bit part and basically only showed up as a ride for Violet or whenever Violet needed a hug.  I really wanted to see more interaction between the two and have him lay a larger part in the storyline.  I might have been forgiving of his absence if only Rafe had stepped in as a strong partner in the story.  I was intrigued by him at the end of Desires of the Dead and had high expectations for him to partner up with Violet in hunting down murderers.  While we see a lot of Violet struggling over the “connection” the feel whenever they touch and Rafe’s powers showing up now and then he really does not play as large a role as I was expecting.  I also felt like the attraction and the zap the two feel when they touch was adequately explained.  Instead, the whole thing had the feeling of throwing Rafe into the mix just to have the love triangle that seems to be a requirement in YA books lately.

The rest of the team that was assembled by Sara Priest also played a much smaller role than expected.  There is one member we only see once or twice, a second who other than being the angsty girl with issues doesn’t do much either and the third who does lay a larger part but still seemed more like she was thrown in for convenience sake to carry the story along.

The murder mystery itself was creepy but nothing too out of the box.  The biggest twist comes at the end of the story and was also what made me realized this series will be longer than a trilogy.  Hopefully in the future books we will see more Jay and more of Sara Priest’s team.

Previous books in the series:

Book 1 The Body Finder

Book 2 Desires of the Dead

And I had to look it up and from Kimberly Derting’s FAQ page it looks like the series is supposed to be 4 books long and the fourth is due out in 2013.

Find Kimberly Derting online:

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Twitter: @kimberlyderting


Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Leanna

    I loved the twist at the end of this one, but I totally agree with you on Jay. I really needed more of him in this one!!

  2. Kailana

    While I enjoyed the first book in this series, I haven’t felt a huge need to rush out and read the sequels…

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Leanna-I know! I can’t believe that twist. Can’t wait for the last book.

    Kailana-I loved the first one, liked the second one and this one was so-so until the ending made me have to want to read the last one. lol.

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