Violet has always felt the echoes of the murdered, both human and animal, around her. For as long as she can remember they have haunted her until she found them and gave them a proper burial. Only five people know about her morbid ability: her parents, her aunt and uncle, and her best friend, Jay. When it becomes evident that a serial killer is at large in her community, Violet is certain that she can find the killer and bring him to justice. But even with Jay and her family trying to protect her, it may not be enough to keep her from the killer.
Kimberly Derting’s debut novel about a girl attempting to use her unusual gift for good while caught in the throes of danger and first love is memorable and suspenseful. Derting’s writing is sharp and detailed, and the frequent chapters from the unknown killer’s point of view keep the story tense. Violet is a good, strong character who will appeal to teen readers because of her well-described emotions. Her fear of the serial killer is palpable, but her determination and sense of duty and justice are even more tangible, and her confused and love struck feelings for her best friend Jay make her even more relatable and likable to the average girl. Derting will keep you on edge long after the final page with this action-packed romantic drama.
Want a different perspective? Check out Matt‘s November review of the same novel.
Tirzah Price is a sophomore at Ferris State University and blogs regularly at thecompulsivereader.com. If not reading or writing, she is most likely lurking around Twitter @compelledtoread.