The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting Review: Creepy girlfriend collector

October 1, 2012 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 3 stars, Books, Reviews

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting Review: Creepy girlfriend collectorThe Last Echo by Kimberly Derting
Published by Headline on March 29, 2012
Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
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In the end, all that’s left is an echo.

Before, Violet's morbid ability to sense the dead led her to uncover dark murders and long-buried secrets in her small town. Now that she's working with a special investigative team, Violet hopes she can help even more people - whether by saving a life or catching a killer.

Although she's relieved to finally be honest about what she can do, her instant connection with her mysterious partner, Rafe, is both confusing and unsettling, and their unique bond creates tension with her boyfriend, Jay. When she discovers the body of a collage student murdered by "the collector," Violet refuses to give up on the case. With her own relationship on the line, Violet doesn't realize that the serial killer is looking to add to his collection and that she may have caught his eye. Will the life Violet has to save be her own?

Violet has a strange ability to sense the echoes of dead bodies and the imprints on their killers. Feeling shunned her whole life due to her ability, she’s recently joined a special investigative team of teenagers with powers to solve crimes. Will Violet feel like she finally belongs?

The Last Echo is the third in The Body Finder series which delves into Violet’s struggles in fitting with a new group, a looming love triangle with her boyfriend Jay and the mysterious Rafe, and a serial killer on the loose dubbed ‘the girlfriend collector’. I don’t usually read series out of order but I had to read the first in the Body Finder series for a review. I found the book to be strangely compelling in a way, it’s about a sick serial killer that collects girlfriends by kidnapping them and keeping them in a dark room.

It interchanges Violet’s thoughts with chilling chapters from the serial killers perspective. I found these brief interludes incredibly disturbing and creepy, and a breather from all the teen drama occupying Violets life. The girlfriend collector is not someone everyone can stomach, as he’s incredibly twisted and dark. The novel doesn’t only describe the crime, but delves into the mind of a serial killer.

Much of the book is melodramatic, with the central focus being Violet’s insecurities and fitting in with the team instead of the compelling murder mystery within the book. While Violet isn’t a particular strong heroine, she is a character that many teenagers could probably relate to, even with her strange powers.

While parts of novel are suspenseful and thrilling, other parts are frustrating and slow moving. When you just want to find out about how the killer will be caught, you have Violet mulling over her feelings between two boys. I’m undecided whether this is aimed at younger teenage readers (with all of the drama) or older team readers (with the serial killer thoughts and inhibitions). It’s a bit of a strange blend, but will definitely give you a thrill.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3 out of 5


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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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