Author: Kimberly Derting
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Suspense, YA
Release Date: March 16th, 2010 by HarperTeen
Book Blurb from Goodreads:
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.
This is the second time I read a Mystery novel where in there's a killer. Yeah sure I've read a Mystery novel but this book has also suspense in it. I actually didn't realize that I was holding my breath as I read it yesterday when I exhaled. At first when I grabbed this book, I didn't read it yet. After a long time, I decided to read it, curiosity got the better of me.
The plot is so breathtakingly good but the romance between Violet and Jay is somehow predictable. Let me explain myself, I have read numerous of books, novels, short stories and the likes about best friends falling in love. So I actually know what would happen to their romance as soon as it start. But I liked how they interact together, I mean when they, you know.
Anyway, for the other part, the mystery part, I was kind of terrified of this killer. I actually refrain from reading when night came. I don't want the killer inside my head when I dream, you know. So I mostly read it at day. *yeah, coward me.* Being inside the killer's head is terrifying because you know that what he thinks about is psychotic, sadistic and sooooo wrong. I can't understand him doing the things he did to the girls. And honestly, I didn't thought of the partnership *oopps!*
I love Violet's ability though I don't wish it would happen to me. It's scary to have the ability to sense the echoes of the dead. And I love the way Kimberly made Violet's family so close. They support each other, even the Uncle and Aunt of Violet. I can feel their love towards Vi, how they protect her against anyone, how they protect her secret and not shun her. I love the way their family cares for Violet Ambrose.
All in all, I love it. I didn't regret reading it now. I wished I have read it when I first saw it. Kimberly Derting is now one of my favorite author! Kudos!
Grab a copy now! It's never too late to read an exceptionally good book!