Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
Bravo Kimberly Derting! Your writing certainly has the likability factor.
I say this because although the book description comes off a little typical and heard of by any young adult reader who love YA fiction...the book is one that will have you second guessing the whole way through.
The main character Violet is certainly one individual to look up to. She has the ability to sense death and to me, it's nothing I haven't heard of before but then there's Kimberly Derting. She entwined love and paranormal powers in a unique way that is precious in YA books, which is the presence of maturity in the characters, in this case teens. I love for a book with determined and caring teenagers, it goes perfect with Jay's and Violet's growing love relationship.
Derting is a fantastic voice for teens and young adults alike, she supports old school and presents fun flowing dialog . I just loved the visible maturity in Violets and Jays words. They've been friends since childhood and find that they're falling for each other but the book doesn't come off as cliche at all in my opinion.
I also should mention that I don't favor in "feels/hears the dead" stories but again this book has this originality that ties this book and author to one of my favorites definitely.
The sequel_*Desires of the Dead*_ is to be released on March 1st 2011 and is on the top of my list of "to read"