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The Last Echo – Kimberly Derting

The Last Echo coverThe Last Echo
by Kimberly Derting
The Body Finder – Book Three
Available 17 April 2012

In the end, all that’s left is an echo…

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.

This Blonde’s Review:
Violet finally has someplace she feels like she can fit in. She has a place where she isn’t the only one who can sense things most people can’t. Not everyone is accepting her with open arms, but enough do that she feels she belongs there. Jay may not be comfortable with it, and her parents may be worried about it, but Violet feels that everything is fine. She’s safe.

Except Violet isn’t as safe as she thinks she is. All of her searching has put her in the path of the wrong kind of men. One wants to kill her and the other wants to love her. No matter how careful she tries to be she can only be lucky for so long.

I enjoyed getting to know Violet, Jay, and Rafe in the first two books in this series. The Last Echo gave us another chance to get to know them. We were able to learn more about the other members of the group this time around too. Violet learns secrets about the other team members after one of them is injured and says something surprising. The information we learn can make us see some of our characters in a new light.

When Violet comes to the attention of the Girlfriend Collector we know the author won’t make it easy enough on her that he gets caught before he tries to take Violet. We all loved reading about the chase in the first book in this series, and let me say that you’ll love the chase in this one too. I especially love the surprise the author throws at us when we’re almost to the end. We don’t usually expect that sort of thing to happen to our main characters. You’ll love it.

I didn’t realize until I got to the end that this series would have more than three books, but with the curve-ball the author threw at us I knew there had to be a fourth. Luckily there is. I can’t wait to see how Violet deals with the new threat entering her life. It’s going to be great.

Kimberly Derting has given us a great mix of characters. At times it feels like she puts too many dangers in one book, but at the same time she balances them so well that I don’t feel like she has thrown problems at Violet just to keep from having down time. The author manages to give us the downtime to learn about our characters and decide what we think of them as people in between everything else. I love that about her. Getting to see from the killer’s viewpoint is another great thing Kimberly Derting gives us. We are able to look in his mind and see how really awful and creepy he is since he doesn’t see anything wrong with what he’s doing. Being able to look into the mind of the killer is something not every author can pull off but I think the author did a fabulous job.

You will not be disappointed by the third book in the Body Finder series. It will leave you eager to find out anything you can about the next book in this great series. If you haven’t read any of the books in this series yet you should get started on it soon. If you enjoy strong characters who can use a morbid talent to make good things happen you’ll enjoy Violet. If you like seeing a strong character stumble into the trouble she thought she could avoid and sitting on the edge of your seat to find out how far it will go before she’s saved or manages to escape, then you’ll love reading about what happens to Violet in the Body Finder series.