My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another sure-fire winner from the author of “The Body Finder,” this is the second in that series. If possible, this novel is even more intensely suspenseful. It hits the ground running with the Prologue and goes on nonstop. Readers who enjoyed the exploits of Violet in “The Body Finder,” as she hears from the wrongfully dead who will not be silent until they are interred in peace, will joy to find her pursuing similar aims; although in this book, she is dealing with the vagaries of a brand-new relationship mode with her lifelong friend, Jay.
Violet is especially targeted by humans who have died violently, specifically via murder, and of course, as she responds to these cries for release and justice, she naturally disturbs the status quo of their murderers, who then seek to destroy the disclosure problem: Violet.
Author Kimberly Derting is a special kind of writer, and appeals to YA age groups as well as to older readers (read, adults) who enjoy her deft characterisations, inimitable characters, and superb plotting. She is able to explore the ramifications of both natural death and serial murder without flinching, but also without bludgeoning readers with unnecessarily gory details. Then, too, she weaves the friendship-become-love fest between Violet and Jay with a deft sweep, endearing the characters to the reader and making them very difficult to forget.
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