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Review: The Last Echo by Kim Derting

The Last Echo by Kim Derting
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In the end, all that’s left is an echo.

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice.

When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye...


I did enjoy this book on the whole and had been looking forward to getting my hands ona  copy for a while to get my violet and jay fix.

The story itself was what I have come to expect from the series, pacey with lots of twists and turns which keep me guessing throughout the story and engaged in what was happening from the first to the last page.

I was disappointed by how little 'screentime' Jay had in this book. He is the reason why loved book 1 and 2 and I missed him sorely in this book. I was utterly unimpressed that Violet spent much of her time with Rafe instead. That's not to say I dislike Rafe as a character at all I just realy love Jay and wanted to see much of his gorgeous self with Violet.

The main bad guy in this book is an utter creep. he collects his 'girlfriends' and does a variety of insanely weird things with their bodies - like painting their nails. As with the last book having such a character gave the story a really x-files edge to it and I kept expecting Mulder and Scully to pop up to help with the investigation.

I continue to be a little sceptical about the viability of the story in the sense that the FBI are relying, albeit unofficially, on a group of teenagers to help them in their work. I just don't think it rings true in my head and it does feel to me like had the author used adults as the main characters and not teens so it was suited t a teen market that the story would have made more sense.

The ending was really interesting and I am intrigued to see where the story goes next. All in all a series I really enjoy. Looking forward to getting the final instalment.


I love this series - so I will be getting this one soon, fab review :)