Saturday, 4 May 2013

Review: Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

Title: Dead Silence
Author: Kimberly Derting
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Genre: Young Adult
Series: The Body Finder #4
Source: Pubisher

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
I have gone through this series so fast it is unbelievable.  I had the first two books on my TBR shelf and didn't read them till I received Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting for review.  That was all the push I needed and soon enough I had finished all four books.  Dead Silence picks up with Violet still trying to carry on with her life as normal after the events in The Last Echo, what started out as a planned trip to the beach soon turns into something that she didn't expect  when she stumbles upon a violent crime scene.

Dead Silence has everything the previous books had and more, the stakes are higher, the tension has been upped and the romantic meet ups between Jay and Violet are now on the rocks.  Violet is stressed, and worried and is doing her hardest to try to find who the killer is, and it feels like every time she stumbles upon something it leads to a dead end.  When she finally is able to put the pieces together its too late for someone close to her, and now it's a face against time to stop the murderer.

Throughout Dead Silence we also learn more about Violet's Grandmother, who also has the same ability as Violet, through the journals Violet was given from her Mum.  We get to learn along with Violet about how her Grandmother felt about this gift, and what she did about it.  When Violet spots a photograph with all members of her Grandmother's team on it, Violet tries to find out more about them, and what she finds not only surprises me, but also shocks Violet.  I loved this part of the book, getting to learn about Violet's Grandmother and uncovering all the hidden secrets certainly made the wheels in my head spin trying to connect the dots before Violet did.

With everything going on in Violet's life the cracks are bound to appear  and these begin between Jay and Violet, she is determined to keep everything hidden from him, but he can sense her uneasiness and when she is unwilling to tell him anything and disappears from school with Rafe it's the final straw.  Seeing this relationship blossom from the very beginning of this series made it even more emotional for me, seeing this couple who are perfect for each other suddenly not be there any more was tough, and although Violet carries on with her 'job' I was always wanting Jay to come back.

Another thing I like about Dead Silence was Violet is starting to let others into her world and her secret, and while part of me was happy to see this progression and have another person aware of what was happening, a small part of me worried like Jay did, the more people that know means there is a bigger chance of Violet's secret getting out.

The last few pages of Dead Silence were my most favourite ones, especially getting to see Violet stand up for herself and while Dead Silence it doesn't end with a definite happy ever after, it also leaves it open for the possibility of more books.  Whether this comes to happen in the future or not is a different matter, but I do know that what ever books come next, if any, I will not hesitate to buy or read them.

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