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Content Review: The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

The Last Echo
by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder #3
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (April 17, 2012)
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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....

Content:
  • Profanity:  Moderate/Heavy
  • Sexual Content:  Mild
  • Violence:  Heavy
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Kimberly Derting doesn't just do it again, she does it bigger, better, scarier, and more intensely than before!  The Last Echo was exhilarating and nerve-wracking, keeping you constantly on your toes and holding your breath.

I adored The Body Finder, and really liked Desires of the Dead.  I think The Last Echo was every bit as good as book 1.  It had a different feel than The Body Finder, though.  It was much creepier and darker.  While I thought The Body Finder was mostly fun and light with some creepy thrown in there, The Last Echo was the opposite.  I can't say that I liked one way more than the other, I just really enjoyed them both.

Wow!!  This book!!  I was seriously holding my breath 4/5 of the time!!  I kept expecting some horrible thing to happen at every possible moment.  Kim did an amazing job of building the suspense!  It was like one of those horror movies where the music builds and the main character turns around slowly, and you know she about to be stabbed in the face or something, but then a cat jumps out of the closet, and you finally breathe.  Of course, at some point.....it's not a cat anymore, and then you want to scream, DON'T OPEN THE FREAKING DOOR!!!  PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS!!  WHY ARE YOU ALONE??!!  You'd think that Violet, after being attacked by crazies multiple times, would know this, and that she would also learn kung fu, but no.  Instead she makes me have a panic attack, worrying about what's going to happen next.  And I must mention the sections from psycho-killer.  Like in the other books, Kim writes some sections from the killer's point of view.  This killer was crazier, freakier and more insane than he predecessors.  I have to say, I'm not sure I'd want to meet Ms. Derting in a dark alley.....this woman has a little too much insight into the mind of this crazy man. 

I was a little worried that I'd be completely sick of Jay by this time.  I mean, I love the guy, and I love him and Violet together, they're seriously the cutest couple ever.  But after awhile, I tend to get bored with couples that are all lovey-dovey.  I think that's why I loved Rafe so much in this book.  I love that he brought some tension to the relationship, and some questioning.  I know some people don't like a love triangle, but I seriously liked both of these guys, and I think Kim pulled it off fantastically!  If I were Violet, I just don't know what I'd do!! 



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