Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting, published by Headline on 16th April 2013
Violet thought she’d made peace with her unique ability to sense the echoes of the dead and the imprints that cling to their killers…that is 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 Violet works for have no intention of letting her go.
When someone close to Violet becomes a suspect in a horrific murder, she finds herself pulled into a deadly hunt for a 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.
'Dead Silence' by Kimberly Derting is the fourth book in what is proving to be one of the most gripping and exciting YA series around. I always look forward to every new instalment and I'm never left disappointed by the quality of the writing or the twists and turns of the plot. There are always new revelations to be explored and more to learn about Violet's unique ability.
The story picks up with Violet still struggling with the repercussions of her actions in 'The Last Echo'. Having to deal with having her own imprint is tough but she still has her friends and boyfriend Jay by her side, even if they don't always understand what she is going through. I love the fact that the focus of the story is back solely on Violet again and not quite so much on the team she's been a part of. There's still a fair amount of Rafe in the book but this time the majority of the action centres around Violet and her personal experiences. There are also lots of wonderful Jay moments in the book, so if you're a fan of one of the cutest and sweetest couples in YA then you will love reading this.
Although by now, you would think that the reader knows everything there is to know about Violet's ability to find the dead, it turns out that there are still things to learn about exactly how this works. A lot of this is brought to light when Violet starts reading her Grandma's old journals and I enjoyed these extracts which were interspersed throughout. I still really have no idea which direction Kimberly Derting is ultimately going to take the story in but little by little I'm enjoying finding out.
A trademark of the series are the chapters told from the killers' point of view. These were truly creepy and disturbing and gave me chills when I was reading them. The level of suspense is so high and the tension so tightly strung, that I found it hard to put the book down. The ending is also incredible! I can't believe that I've got to wait to find out what happens next.
Fans of the series will be pleased to know that there is another book planned which I'm sure will provide readers with plenty more shocks and surprises.