This continuation in the “Body Finder” series features Violet Ambrose, a 17-year-old who has the ability to sense those who have died at the hand of another. She picks up an “echo” or a unique imprint from each body. Furthermore, she senses a matching imprint of the violent death if she encounters the perpetrator.
In this book, Violet has been working with a team associated with the FBI for the past two months. Led by Sara Priest, everyone on the team has a different ability to find murder victims: Krystal, 21, is a medium; Gemma, 16, is empathic; Sam, 15, can read the history of a person’s personal effects; and Rafe, around Violet’s age and sexy, volatile, but also caring, has precognition. As much as Violet loves her boyfriend Jay, she feels a connection to Rafe she can’t deny. She also feels “normal” around the team, and therefore values her time with them, even if their work is unpleasant. Sara, a bit older than the others, acts as a parental figure to the group, and insists that Violet go regularly to see a therapist, Dr. Lee, to help her cope with finding the dead.
The team is trying to find a serial killer known as “The Collector” – he picks “girlfriends” but one might say he doesn’t maintain long-term relationships with them…. After each “relationship” is over, he alerts the police on the approximate location of the “girlfriend’s” body. Violet inadvertently comes to The Collector’s attention, and soon the mouse is chasing the cat. But Violet knows that if she is caught, the odds are against her being able to escape alive.
Evaluation: I enjoyed this book, as I have the previous two in the series. The villain is very stock, but I don’t really see him as the focus: rather, I consider him as just a way to highlight the skills of the group and how they interact with one another.
The author adds two surprising developments at the very end to set the stage for future installments. One I thought very clever but the second I just hated! It is so unrealistic, it made me cringe. It reminded me of when I had a job for which I had to type with carbon paper, and make eight copies of everything. It’s pretty important not to make a mistake in those circumstances (correcting eight carbon copies is the worst!), so naturally one gets nervous the closer one gets to the end of the page. NEEDLESS TO SAY, I always made a typo in the last line! I felt like that with this book – it was going along so great, and then GAAAAAAAAAH!!!! But still, I’m looking forward to the next book, because I’m sure it will be like the start of my next document – back to a great thing! :–)
Published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2012