Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by HarperTeen
(first published February 15th 2010)
Synopsis: Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.
My rating: 5 stars of 5
Great love story
The beginning of this book had me set. I started reading this book during my school week and it was hard for me not to read it in class!
The book begins with Violet Ambrose as a little girl and she actually finds a dead body all by herself. It then leads into her life now, at 16. It takes awhile for the story to really get into the problem. There is a huge love story in the mix that I loved. While the love story takes up the majority of the middle of the book, girls are mysteriously disappearing and then showing up dead. . . . But the huge problem is, Violet is the one who keeps finding them with her, "special abilities".
This book was so good, flawless. I didn't want to rate this five stars, though. Because usually I only rate my favorite over-obsessive books five stars but I felt that this one deserved it. It delivered everything a book should and it was told very well. The love story conflict was my favorite although the little fights between Jay and Violet got annoying. I also loved how Violet wasn't an outcast. You know how the books are. . . .The girl is an outcast with no friends but one who is her best friend and he's friends with everyone kind of thing. Well, it was sort of like that but she had a life outside of Jay. I also liked the fact that she didn't let Jay tell her what to do like a little puppy!
My thoughts with no sugar added: It was brilliant! I loved the whole book and every aspect of it. Even though the book was slightly predictable when it came to the end, I was only curious how Derting would execute it. Must read.
Onto the next book?!