The Last Echo (The Body Finder #3) by Kimberly Derting
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. (Goodreads)
If you haven’t read the first two books in The Body Finder series don’t let me ruin it for you. Read them! You should not be missing out on that much
Jay awesomeness. Otherwise be warned, there will be spoilers here.
Violet, hearer of dead people, is now working with Sara (of the tight-pony-tailed Saras) and her group of…psychics? Freaks? Misfits? All of the above? They’re trying to help catch serial killers. Violet’s ability to hear echos from dead bodies (and their killers) has helped locate the victim of the newest crazypants on the loose. With the team— Krystal, Gemma and the über pouty-faced Rafe—Violet begins to hunt for this new serial killer.
At the same time, Violet is still attempting to be a normal high school girl. She has homework and a boyfriend and a curfew. She has parents who take away her cell phone when she’s in trouble. But it all begins to take a backseat to her job. And things begin to affect her relationship with Jay, aka Mr. Sweet Hot Perfection. Jay is always worried about her (probably because she does some really stupid things. OMG Violet, do NOT go in there, Ok? Just call the police). He has a hard time relating to Violet’s work because it’s super-secretive and even worse, he’s pretty certain that Rafe, the guy Violet has to spend tons of time with, has the hots for his woman.
What I Liked:
Jay, obviously. I really wish there’d been more of him and less of Rafe. Even with his struggle with jealousy this time around, he handles it as all literary boyfriends should because he is the most awesome boyfriend ever.
I, of course, loved Violet. I’m amazed at what does not scare this girl, but I love that even when she is truly afraid she presses on to find the answers and the closure so desperately needed. Yes, she suffers from that common YA Heroine condition of I’m Clueless About Boys Who Want Me Syndrome (don’t worry Vi, I had a nasty case of that too), but she’s otherwise bright and extremely driven. I’m really into this freaky weird gift she has, how she struggles with it and how she desperately wants NOT to have it.
The serial killer here was, I thought, the creepiest so far. They’ve been good in all of the books, but I really felt that Derting outdid herself with this particular villain. He’s a monster who doesn’t believe himself to be evil and as I saw larger glimpses of him it only served to make him more frightening.
Crush Intensity: 4/5 I really love this series. Every book has been strong and Derting has kept the creepy storylines fresh and the romance alive. I’m looking forward to the next book which is due out in 2013.
Extras: You can find more info about the series here.