Isn't the cover amazing?
It's so simple, but I can't seem to stop staring at it.
And here's the official blurb:
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.
So obviously this is the sequel to Kim's first book, THE BODY FINDER, one of my favorite reads of 2010. Which meant that even though I was super insanely excited for this book, I was also a little worried, because so often a sequel can fall just a tiny bit flat. But I should never have doubted Kim's talent!
Not only did she manage to bring back everything that made the THE BODY FINDER so incredibly awesome, (the fabulous chemistry between Violet and Jay, the gut-wrenching suspense of the murders and mystery--not to mention jealously-inducing writing)--but she took so many things to the next level.
This time it's not just the killer threatening Violet's safety, it's the authorities--one FBI Agent in particular who seems to have guessed the secret Violet isn't willing to share, and seems to want something from Violet she's not ready to give. Kim's also managed to ramp up the chemistry between Violet and Jay even more than the BODY FINDER--something I wouldn't have thought possible. And the mystery--while not being another large-scale serial killer on the loose--is full of so many twists and turns you will definitely be guessing right up to the very end.
I loved pretty much everything about DESIRES OF THE DEAD, but if I had to pick a favorite thing to gush about it would be Kim's mastery of suspense. Do not sit down with this book unless you are ready to give several hours to it!!! The plot grabs onto you and does not let you put it down. I read it all in one sitting, and my eyes were blurry by the end but I kept reading anyway because I HAD to know what would happen next. I'm really not sure how Kim manages to pull that off--and if she weren't so darn sweet I'd be bitterly jealous about it. But it makes for an amazing, roller-coaster of a read that you definitely want to pick up as soon as it's available to buy.
Need more proof of the book's awesomeness? There's been so much buzz and anticipation for it, Harper decided to move up the release. So now you only have to wait until February 15th to buy your copy. Or you can be safe and preorder now. Methinks this might be one of those books that sells out--and you do not want to wait any longer than you have to. Trust me on that!
But I also made a promise to you guys when I got this ARC (and started bragging about it) that I would share it with one of you. So even though it KILLS me to pass it on (I already want to read it again) I am going to be a girl of my word and give my precious ARC to one lucky commenter on today's post.
And I'm going to keep things nice and simple again. To enter, all you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on this post before 11:59 pm PST on Tuesday December 21st. I'll announce the random winner on December 22nd. International entries welcome. And since I have a feeling you guys will fight for this--you should, btw--I'll award 2 extra entries to anyone who spreads the word via twitter, facebook, or their blog/website. Just paste a link in the comments so I can verify.
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