Review: Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

July 5, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★½

Review: Dead Silence by Kimberly DertingDead Silence by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder #4
Published by HarperTeen on April 16, 2013
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
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My rating: three-half-stars
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.
I don’t even know where to start with this one. Dead Silence had its moments where I loved it and I was like, “This is absolutely my favorite book!” But then there were moments where I hated it, and had trouble getting through it. Unfortunately, the bad moments really dragged the book down and overshadowed the good moments.

The prologue was intense. It foretold of something terrible happening – something that would have really ruined the books for me, to be honest. So I wasn’t sure how to feel about reading on. I was more than a little apprehensive.

There were a lot of major character-related revelations that shocked me. I can’t say who or what or I’ll spoil it, but I was – for the most part – pleased with the things we learn in Dead Silence. Derting shows us a different side to many of the characters and we also get to learn more about characters that might not have been front and center in previous books.

Violet learns a lot about her ability in Dead Silence, and we get to know more about Violet’s grandmother, who also had the ability to sense echoes. This was a nice glimpse into the past, and we learn some fascinating – yet creepy – things about the ability.

The “killer” in Dead Silence was a little more complex than in some of the other books. I guess the best way to describe the killer is by comparing the killer to the one in The Last Echo, as far as their motives, inner thoughts, and family life. I felt sad for this killer, sympathetic. And then, as with the killer in The Last Echo, I felt dirty and slimy for sympathizing with a killer. I definitely feel Derting does an incredible job with these little sections of the books. Getting a glimpse inside the killer’s head really makes you think.

I’ve been up and down with how I feel about Jay throughout this entire series. And I feel really bad about this, but I just don’t like him. He was better in The Last Echo, kinder and less possessive. And he gave Violet the chance to explain and tell her side of the story. But in Dead Silence, he was back to being this angry, jealous, over-protective… butt-head. And as if Jay’s attitude wasn’t bad enough, Violet takes the things he says as gospel – like she was completely in the wrong and needs to beg for forgiveness. It almost felt like an abusive relationship. Personally, I’m still Team Rafe.

The ending was… interesting. Honestly, this is the part where I feel the most conflicted. On the one hand, the ending felt incomplete, like there were a lot of loose ends to tie up. And on the other hand, everything really was wrapped up nicely. Kimberly Derting actually did a blog post explaining why the book ended the way it did. FAIR WARNING: That post contains MASSIVE spoilers, so don’t read it unless you’ve read the entire series.

After reading the post, I honestly felt more confused. I finished the book, and right away I thought, “Man, that ending was NOT satisfying and it left a lot of loose ends.” And then I read the blog post and was like, “Oh… Well, when Kimberly Derting puts it that way, everything really WAS tied up nicely.”

So, in closing, all I can say is I honestly did enjoy Dead Silence. I’d rank it as my second favorite in the series. But I also feel like there should be one more book; I don’t feel like I was satisfied by this ending. I feel like some of the revelations in this book only lead to more questions, and I want those questions answered.

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