- Format read: ARC
- Number of Pages: 336 pages
- Release Date: Mar 16 2010
- Publisher: Harperteen
- Formats Available: Hardcover, ebook
- Purchasing Info: amazon.com, bookdepository.com
- Book Blurb:
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 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 dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope 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.
It first happened when Violet was a young girl & out for a walk with her father in the forest, she found the body of a young girl. As years went by, she noticed that she could hear echoes of dead things and that the killers are also left with an ‘imprint’. When a serial killer begins terrorizing her small town, Violet knows she must use her ability to catch him.
A majority of the story revolves around the love story of Violet and her best friend, Jay. Violet & Jay’s relationship is just too cute. They have been best friends forever but teenage hormones have kicked in and feelings have developed into something more then friends. Jay is the kind of guy a girl dreams of: sweet, sexy, always there for you etc. But funny thing, I must say as much as I loved Jay, I found him to be too nice & therefore not so realistic, he needed some more edge to him. I thought the angst and shy/awkwardness of being together was brilliantly done, you can’t help but blush and feel so happy for them as their relationship progesses. Another huge bonus for me was Violet having the support of not only Jay, but also her family. In so many YA books, the parents seem to be out of the picture! Throughout the story, we are given a glimpse into what the killer is doing. This was a such a great addition as it take the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride, the contrast of Violet and Jay’s love & the fear instilled by the killer. This was an incredible debut by Kim which had me on the edge of my seat, and feeling all warm and fuzzy at the same time. I can’t wait to see whats in store in the sequel, Desires of the Dead.
I give this book 4.5 of 5 bookies!
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