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Desires of the Dead (Body Finder #2) by Kimberly Derting

Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger

I like Violet's "secret" of finding the dead., how it happens and what she sees and hears.
The characters weren't as vivid (except Chelsea) as the first book. The mystery was easy to figure out but there is still a couple of twists.
Violet, like many YA heroines, has to solve this mystery herself, or at least that is what she thinks. If she tells anyone, they'll baby her/stop her/protect her. Then, when she's in too deep, viola! She's being rescued by the strong, handsome boy.
I was able to read this book in one night.
Not really interested in reading the rest of the series.

Rating: PG 17
L: yes, swearing throughout with 4-5 "F" bombs
S: Yes. The main character loses her virginity. Her best friend might be pregnant.
V: A couple of dead human and animal bodies

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"...or not, she hadn't been careful enough. All of the bodies Violet had found last year had been of missing girls.
They knew. The FBI knew. But how in the world was that possible?

She looked at the woman, trying to convey to her that this was all a mistake. it was her only chance. "I--I think you're confused. Maybe you have the wrong person."
"Violet Ambrose? That's yo. You placed an emergency all from a pay phone almost two weeks ago." She watched Violet guardedly; her eyes narrowed just enough to look doubtful. "In it, you told the operator that you 'heard something.' You didn't say anything about seeing the boy."
It all came crashing down on Violet at once. Her head was spinning. She felt dizzy and sick in an instant.
She closed her eyes, trying to will her head to stop whirling so she could catch hold of her out-of-control thoughts.
She knew she shouldn't have called 911. What had she been thinking?But she'd used a pay phone. She shouldn't be having this conversation.
"I don't know what you're talking bout," she denied, but her voice sounded tinny and hollow, an obvious lie. She thought she was going to be sick. this was some sort of nightmare, almost as bad as her dream about the boy himself.
There was silence, and Violet struggled to keep it together. She needed to find a way out of this,out of her own car, if that's what it took. And away from this woman who had managed to track her down."


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