Apr 19, 2013

Review: Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

Title: Dead Silence
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 4.16.2013
Pages: 336
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Body Finder #4
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: B+

Summary (from Goodreads):
Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.

When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

Anytime someone asks me for a book reference, Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder series is one of my first recommendations. In the fourth installment, Dead Silence, Derting brings in some much-needed backstory about Violet’s abilities and a whole new big bad that gives our favorites a run for their money.

The love of Jay and Violet is quite possibly my #1 favorite pairing in fiction. Ever. And it keeps going strong here. I love that they were best friends who became a couple, and that they are a couple that doesn’t get stale. These two don’t play games with each other—they know their love is the real deal. They also know when to call each other out. Violet makes several mistakes and at one point Jay walks away. I like that they don’t just suddenly get back together … This is a couple that works at their relationship.

There’s a natural evolution to this series that unfolds throughout all four books. With each book Derting delves deeper and deeper into Violet’s world. What once started out as a small core group that knew about her abilities has expanded significantly to include more members, who each have their own agenda. The key is none of these added characters have ever felt forced in the story.

Except Rafe. But it might just be my intense hatred of anyone who threatens the Jay/Violet dynamic.

Sadly I’ve heard this is the last book in the series and it breaks my heart. The book is left on a really open note with several lose ends I would have much rather seen tied up. Regardless, this is an amazing series that is a gem in the YA world.

Reviewer: Hannah


  1. I have to read book #3 before I get to this one, btw thanks for the ARC! I've seen some reviews that aren't happy with the ending... I'm reading them anyway :)

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