Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4)

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Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4)
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14+
Release Date
April 16, 2013
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978-0062082220
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Sometimes the dead can't be silenced.

Violet thought she had made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers . . . until she acquired an imprint of her own. Forced to carry a reminder of the horrible events of her kidnapping, Violet is more determined than ever to lead a normal life. However, the people who run the special investigative team she works for have no intention of letting her go. Violet will do whatever it takes to keep her loved ones safe—even if it means lying to her boyfriend, Jay. But when an echo calls to her, she stumbles upon a murder scene unlike anything she's ever witnessed. The murders are frenzied and twisted, and the killer left a disturbing calling card for all to see—a brimstone cross sketched in blood on the wall. And Violet finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a vicious madman with an army of devoted followers. Violet has survived dangerous situations before, but she quickly discovers that protecting those closest to her is far more difficult than protecting herself.

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DEAD SILENCE has a prologue, which usually I don’t care for, because they’re kind of long and are about people whose existence is as of yet unknown to you. This, however, was the prologue that when other prologues read it they give up and go home - crying. It’s short and snappy and you know what it’s talking about, forming a kind of little sneak peek into the book. It’s the sort of prologue that, after you finish the book and are thinking about it, sort of winks at you and says, ‘See, I scared you there, didn’t I?’

This book has lots of new, little, mysterious elements popping up all over the place, many of them introduced by entries from Violet’s grandmother’s journal. I particularly enjoyed these little sporadic occurrences, mainly because they felt very personal, with plenty of everyday stuff, while getting to what we actually want to know. This way it doesn’t sound like a battle log, but still isn’t bogged down with a lot of waffle. Still, all of these new twists and redirections that were on a more personal level for Violet, along with the classical murder mystery gotta-catch-the-bad-guy parts, made the book seem like it was being pulled in two different directions. I understand why it was done the way it was and agree to a certain extent, but it could have been a bit better balanced.

The villains just keep getting better and better, twisted in a piteous way and propelled by a damaged sense of responsibility. This is definitely something this author knows how to do right.

That being said, DEAD SILENCE is a bit tamer than Kimberly Derting’s previous three. There is a nice big spurt of action towards the end, but it lacks the consistent anxiety that was so prominent in the others. It almost felt as though we were being given a bit of a breather to just sort some things out.
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If I had to describe this book in two words, they would be 'rich' and 'vivid'. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is literally alive with the lush settings and characters. There are two distinct races - the Seraphim and the Chimaera, the 'angels' and 'demons'. We have Karou, a seemingly ordinary 17 year old girl, who run errands for Brimstone. She is an artist and that was the first thing that made me like her. Extremely badass, she is not your typical innocent YA heroine. Then we have Brimstone, the apparent magus of the chimaera. Throughout the book, he appears gruff and strict but towards the end you realize he is loving and compassionate. There's also Akiva, tortured by his past and hungry for vengeance. The dynamic between Akiva and Madrigal was slow to develop but it was so beautiful.

This book was so beautiful to read that I now feel like hearing it one again in an audio book version. I never read as audio books, mostly because I like to actually 'read' it. But this is one book I think will be enchanting to re-read on audio
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Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4)
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I loved the whole plot and the setting and the amazing details. Kimberly Derting did a great job writing this novel! "Body Finder" series has been #1 on my reading chart.
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