The Last Echo (Body Finder Series #3)

The Last Echo (Body Finder Series #3)

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Overview

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 college student murdered by "the collector," Violet refuses to give upon 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781522603825
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Series: Body Finder Series , #3
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kimberly Derting is the author of the Cece Loves Science series, the Body Finder series, the Pledge trilogy, and the Taking series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark and creepy. Her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children serve as an endless source of inspiration and frequently find things they say buried in the pages of their mother’s books. You can visit her online at www.kimberlyderting.com.

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The Last Echo 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
simple344 More than 1 year ago
great story line, so naturally had to get the this book. It did not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first two books in the series and I absolutely loved them. This one? Not so much... First of all, if you are a fan of Violet and Jay, prepare for some dissappointment. I felt that Jay was reduced to a supporting character in this book rather than being more central to the plot (as he was in the first two). Although his and Violet's relationship was still cute, it was not as enticing as it was in the first books. Jay was hardly in the book and when he was it was only for a few pages. Violet also irritated me a bit in this book even though I adored her in the first books. I felt that she was too indescisive and very naive and that bothered me a bit. I also think that she made some stupid descisions that really lessened her appeal for me. She kept getting irritated with people for stupid reasons and I think that she changed a lot from the first books, and not in a particularly good way. The love triangle that occured between Jay, Violet, and Raffe felt very Twilight-y and unoriginal. I think that the whole love triangle concept is very overused in YA fiction, and I was really hoping that this author wouldn't introduce it jusr because it is so expected. The book really had a lot going on and didn't need a love triangle to complicate things or make them more exciting. While reading this book, I definitely got a bit bored. I felt like the climax was pretty similar to the first two books and a bit repetitive. I found myself itching to get to the end, but not really in a good way, in more of a "I've already began reading this so might as well finish" way. With the other books, I was sad to get to the end. With this one I was actually relieved. Now onto the redeeming qualities: The book had some unexpected twists and turns that made it interesting. The end was surprising and although this is definitely not even close to one of my top books, I will wait patiently for the next one (the ending does leave A LOT of room for a fourth book).
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
THE REVIEW I expected THE LAST ECHO to differ from the two previous THE BODY FINDER novels. To be more controlled. Because this part of Violet’s story is determined by her being a professional now, professional investigator and a great help in the solving of murder cases. In THE BODY FINDER and DESIRES OF THE DEAD Violet was on her own with her talent and had to use it randomly, unknowingly. Now that she joined Sara Priest’s team her talent has a purpose and is a force against law breakers. It's thrilling nevertheless. Sara’s team is made up of a bunch of gifted kids like Rafe. Then there are Gemma, Krystal and Sam. The cool thing about them? They have psychometric talents. You can find out all about what they can do and see them in action in THE LAST ECHO. They’re a great addition to the THE BODY FINDER series cast. You all remember Rafe? Mysterious boy who saved Vi’s life in DESIRES OF THE DEAD. He’s got a much bigger role in this book. And he is definitely a character whose personality deserves to be further explored. My heart opened up to him in this book and I definitely love to see him as a male protagonist… just not in Violet’s love life. Because there’s still Jay. One of my favourite fictional boys out there. He is as caring, protective, supportive and sweet as ever. The problem is that with Vi spending to much time with Sara’s team, Jay’s presence in THE LAST ECHO is sporadic. I loved the story, discovery of Rafe’s person and the wicked antagonists, just the Jay withdrawal was not to my liking. THE LAST ECHO also has what I really liked about THE BODY FINDER and DESIRES OF THE DEAD. The chapters told from Vi’s perspective alternate with shorter chapters from the criminal’s sight on the case, in this case the collector’s. Kimberly’s writing is as excellent as expected and her building of tension is formidable. I would love to see THE BODY FINDER in the movies one day. The antagonists are as crazy as never before and I have no idea where Kimberly gets her inspiration for them but they do their job of giving me the creeps pretty well. Especially the collector is a cleverly constructed evil mind. His characteristics: a distorted imagine of reality and personality disorder. I will have to avoid purple nail polish for a while! There were scenes I felt my heart beating in my head, they were so full of dread and tension. THE LAST ECHO, just as THE BODY FINDER and DESIRES OF THE DEAD before, holds what it promises! We might get a glimpse into the team’s work, their characters, technologies, talents, but there’s still a lot more left in the dark, like who is the head behind all that? How are Vi’s relationships going to develop? What about Jay, Rafe, Sara and the team? I’m dying to find out in the (hopefully not) last part of THE BODY FINDER series. THE VERDICT 4,5/5 ****/* THE LAST ECHO- Eerie, haunting and just as endearing as THE BODY FINDER and DESIRES OF THE DEAD before. I’ve been anticipating THE LAST ECHO since I read THE BODY FINDER and DESIRES OF THE DEAD in one sitting last year. I’m glad that this book was not the last in the series. The THE BODY FINDER series is one I highly recommend and appreciate, because it brings a new thrill to the YA book section!
RebeccaBloomwood More than 1 year ago
It's a MUST read! I love how Kimberly Derting lets you into the killers mind and shows you how far gone the person really is. There is a bit of a love triangle happening in the 3rd book, personally I don't mind it. Although Jay's character was lacking and at times I forgot about him! :/ The mystery of the book is great, very suspenseful. Over all, a definite page turner and I hope the series gets more attention, can't wait for the next book! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing series! I never want it it end!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to find out more about Rafe and his first love Sophie the book you want to read is called Enthralled (paranormal diversion) has different short stories written in the book and one of the stories is called Skin contact by ms.Derting this is a short story to inform you more about Rafe and the girl he loved,Sophie...by now we know somethong happened to Sophie but what happened exactly? So read Enthralled to find out...i hope Rafe has a happy ending he should after all he has gone through
Cilla35 More than 1 year ago
I cannot put into words how much I love this series- The Last Echo most especially. This third installment in The Body Finder series is just so fantastically creepy. In this book, Violet finds herself working with a Sara Priest and her team trying to find missing/dead girls, on a case where the predator is nicknamed The Collector . While I was a little disappointed in the lack of Jay in this book (he was there, just less than I would have liked), I was thrilled at the fact that we are able to get to know Rafe better--despite the apparent love triangle that seems to be forming (I am biased towards Jay). Throughout the book we learn more about the abilities of the members of Sara Priests team of psychics. As well, we follow Violet on a journey as she tries to find her place on the team and, in a thrilling twist, goes from the hunter to the hunted. The Last Echo is, by far, my favorite book of the series (I know, I said that already, but it's true!)and I can't wait for Dead Silence!
STACYatUFI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Violet is now working with Sarah Priest and others with special abilities. Unfortunately her being a part of the group and helping solves murders puts Violet on multiple people's radars that she should have never been on and shes in more danger then she has ever been in before.I have always loved Violets talent and the way that Kimberly has brought it out and used it. Violet has always done great things with it but as part of Sara Priests team she can do more. Violet is growing up and I liked the overall feel of the book now that she is getting older and doing things for herself and making her own decisions with how she wants to use her gifts. Violet and Jay are still very much in love but their relationship isn't front and center like the previous 2 books and we are thrown a bit of a curve ball with Rafe in the picture and very much pining over Violet. Hopefully Jay will be more in the picture for book 4.Just like all the other books in the Body Finder series THE LAST ECHO is full of mystery and suspense. I never know what is coming next and getting there always leaves my heart racing. The twist at the end? Wow wasn't really expecting that to go down that way but it definitely lets us know that there is much more story to come. THE LAST ECHO was a great addition to the series.
ShellyPYA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Violet's working with a group of people who have similar abilities, although no one else has her ability to sense the dead or who killed them. They get caught up in a new, potentially dangerous case.
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed getting to know Violet in the first two books in this series, The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead and was very excited to get my hands on this book to see what echoes Violet would be haunted by next. Now that I have finished the book, I think I understand the title, but the word ¿last¿ did throw me through a loop at first. I am not sure why, but I thought this was the last book in this series. I was confused once I reached the end of the story because it did not feel complete. Luckily, I went to Kimberly¿s webpage and found out that this is not the last book in this series and that made me feel better about how things ended.The Last Echo has everything we have come to love about Kimberly¿s writing, gripping mystery, creepy bad guys, a loveable protagonist and a sweet romance. Violet is still trying to balance going to school every day, her awesome boyfriend and being a member of a secret organization that catches killers. The echoes continue to be a part of her life, but she is learning ways to cope with them and not let them rule her. She is also trying to decipher the behavior of the other members of the group she has joined that track down criminals. They all have different talents and very different personalities and she is not quite sure where she fits in. It was interesting to learn more about the diverse group and get a little peak into some of their pasts. Violet is still not quite sure she belongs with them, but knows she trusts them and loves feeling somewhat normal when surrounded by them.I don¿t think I have brought this up in past reviews of this series, but I continued to be happy with how Violet¿s parents behave. In many young adult novels we have lackluster role models for the main character and it is refreshing to see Violet with strong, responsible parents to watch over her. They care about what happens to her and pay attention when she does not come home when she is supposed to. It is nice to see a young adult novel have a solid example of what a parent is supposed to be and how they should be reacting when their child is in danger.I don¿t know how Kimberly continues to put herself inside the heads of the bad guys, but being in the mind of ¿The Girlfriend Collector¿ as he is known in this book, made me cringe and I almost dreaded reading his thoughts. He is seriously twisted with an extremely skewed outlook on life. Derting does a fantastic job of creating a villain that is easy to hate and want to see brought to justice.There is only one real thing I did not like about this book and that was the affection Rafe had towards Violet. I am a huge fan of Jay and did not like seeing Rafe vie for Violet¿s attention at all! Violet and Jay have this connection not only because they are in love, but they have grown up together and I do not want to see Rafe come in there and try and severe that bond. Rafe is very protective of Violet and has been dealt a pretty rough hand, but he needs to find his own girl. We do learn more about him in this book, things that I did not expect at all, but once I read them made complete sense. I like his character, just not the idea of him and Violet together. Sorry Rafe!Overall though, The Last Echo is another solid addition to the Body Finder novels. Thankfully, Kimberly did not leave us with a cliffhanger, but there were a couple of revelations at the end that I am eager to see explored further. The Last Echo is a must read for any young adult paranormal fan! It has a little bit of everything and Kimberly does a stellar job of grabbing your attention and daring you to try and walk away.
Kr15tina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I LovedIntenseKim has done it again, she has made my heart pound and sit on the edge of my chair wondering how the heck Violet is going to make it out of this situation this time.Characters Violet: I still enjoyed her character. Her faithfulness to Jay is wonderful, but her confusion about Rafe makes her a normal teenage girl and adds entertainment. I have to say, it would suck to be her, she always draws the murders attention and that is not a good thing.Rafe: If I didn't love and miss Jay so much in this book I would love Rafe even more. I'm conflicted with Rafe, I really do love the dark brooding boys and he fits this so well and this connection that him and Violet has is both intriguing and concerning. I don't know what to fully make of him, but I really do like him and I want to know more about him.Murder's POVThis always freaking creeps me out to no end, but I do think it is a good thing and it brings me back down to Earth and reminds me to not judge people by their looks. The good looking ones can be even more dangerous because you can let your guard down around them since they don't "look" the part of psycho.Didn't LikeI'm a such a wuss and this book scares me! Really make you think about knowing a person before you trust them, looks can be deceiving. I'm still waiting for Violet to finally learn self defense, just reading the books makes me want to learn. Recommendation A must read series
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm drawn to this series for some reason I can't explain. I find Violet and her gift/curse/ability to find dead bodies to be utterly fascinating. So, in spite of the flaws of these books, I enjoy them. I think The Last Echo was better than the second one. Unlike the first two, this one ends in a way that I really hope there's a fourth book -- it's not a cliffhanger, but it's an interesting twist. The FBI angle is interesting (as I'd hoped after finishing the second book), but sadly Sara and the rest of the team don't quite live up to what I was hoping (maybe something more crime drama/Numb3rs-esque). The plots involving the bad things that inevitably happen to Violet are interesting, but slightly predictable in their resolution. I do like the slightly dark atmosphere that surrounds the books, but there's something a bit Twilight about Violet's relationships with her friends (though luckily not with Jay, whom I think is one of the best characters in the book). I wish Derting could make Violet closer with her other friends (from school). I wonder where the series (if there are to be more of them) is going, because things got a bit more complicated at the end of this book. So, regardless of it's flaws, I like the Body Finder series.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A story about a girl looking for her place in the world. It¿s filled with drama and suspense but not a lot of romance.Opening Sentence: Violet strained, searching for the sensation through the suffocating blackness.The Review:I had high hopes for the third installment in the Body Finder series, The Last Echo. It¿s a great read even though I was expecting more romance than suspense for Violet Mathers. The last book hinted at a love triangle between the heroine, her life-long friend, and her new crime-fighting partner. I mean, there was some speculation and idle thoughts about the possibility throughout this book, but it didn¿t take center stage to the overall story. I guess that I¿m too used to young adult books being all about the romance drama than the actual events surrounding the characters. The Last Echo turned out to be a fresh breeze among the rows of teenage love stories.Violet Mathers can see dead people. No, not really. She can see the imprint, or echo, of a soul that has passed on attached to the body of the departed and the person responsible for the killing. This has led her to get involved with a group of teenagers with ¿special¿ abilities that help out local law enforcement on difficult cases. Violet has always felt alone when it came to her special ability and now she is with others that can understand what she is going through. Not only is she accepted into this ¿family¿, she can use her gift to help people and put away the bad guys. Her bond with this group and Rafe in particular, is hard for her boyfriend and family to accept. How can they understand when they don¿t have to deal with the same things that Violet does?Jay and Rafe are in a type of competition for Violet¿s affections, no matter what Violet says to the contrary. Jay has been with Violet for most of her life; first as her best friend and now as her boyfriend. This change in dynamics between the couple has left them searching for a middle ground to relate to one another. Jay wants to protect Violet and she wants to confide in him about what¿s going on in her life; but they can¿t seem to communicate that clearly. This leaves Violet to search out someone that can understand: Enter Rafe. He is psychic and on the specialized team with Violet. He knows what it¿s like to feel different and he knows what is going on in their confidential cases. Violet views him as just a friend, even though she admits (if just to herself) that there is a special bond between them. She can talk to him about things that she can¿t discuss with Jay, and that leads to a lot of hurt feelings on her boyfriend¿s part. In the end, Violet must decide whether it is worth losing the man she has always loved or to go after a man she may grow to treasure. Is there a way for all parties to come out on top? Or will someone get hurt no matter what is decided?The overall plot of the book follows a serial killer known as ¿The Collector.¿ He abducts young women because he is looking for that special someone to love. When it turns out that these ladies don¿t love him, either by trying to run away or breaking his rules, he kills them and looks for his next ¿girlfriend.¿ The whole thing reminds me of the movie, Kiss the Girls, only this is for young adult audiences; they both have killers looking for women that they can fall in love with. Violet and her team are on the case, helping the cops stop this guy before he kills again. The other team members look for psychic clues and Violet helps the police find the bodies of the girls that he has discarded. When Violet gets too close to finding the murderer, the collector decides that she might be the one; the special one that he has been searching for. Can Violet make it through the whole ordeal alive and unscathed? Or will the collector be the last person she sees before she dies? The whole thing is very suspenseful and, there towards the end, I had a hard time
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyIf, like me, you were a little underwhelmed by the villain in DESIRES OF THE DEAD, you¿ll be glad to know that in Kimberly Derting¿s THE LAST ECHO, Violet finds herself once again in the crosshairs of a serial killer. As with the phenomenal debut, I was creeped out and afraid while reading, two emotions that helped make THE BODY FINDER and now THE LAST ECHO such powerful books. I actually found myself anticipating the serial killer POV chapters because they were so well done. Unsettling but fascinating. And the serial killer in THE LAST ECHO is very different from the killer in THE BODY FINDER, so this book felt new and exciting in it¿s own right.While I was glad to see the return of a serial killer to ratchet up the fear factor, I was disappointed by the significantly smaller role Jay played in THE LAST ECHO. I¿m all for love triangles and I think Derting handled the very gradual introduction of a new guy for Violet very well, but I fell hard for Jay in the last two books and I missed getting to see him really shine. He just didn¿t get the page time or impactful moments I¿d been hoping for. But the diminished role Jay played wasn¿t the biggest change in THE LAST ECHO, it was the introduction of the government run psychic teen group that recruits Violet. I kind of don¿t know what to make them. It¿s an interesting new twist and it does expand the world significantly, but it does so at the expense of the intimate, small town feel that was so much a part of the debut. Lots of people are in on Violet¿s secret (in fact almost everyone knows in the book), so we see a different side of Violet¿s personality that I ended up finding a little abrasive and even bratty on occasion. Overall, The Body Finder series is an intriguing one and it packs in more heart palpitating fear than any other YA I¿ve read. Big changes are happening that readers will either embrace or shun and I find myself wanting to do both. Don¿t let the finality of the title confuse you, THE LAST ECHO is not the last book in The Body Finder series. Kimbery Derting has confirmed there will be at least one more book (currently untitled) due out in 2013. It¿s an easy call to add it to my wishlist if only to see more Jay and hopefully a new serial killer too.Sexual Content:Kissing
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MontzieW More than 1 year ago
The Last Echo (The Body Finder #3) by Kimberly Derting is another great book about Violet who can 'feel' echos of people that have been murder. In this book, Violet is working with others that have special abilities to investigate murders and missing persons. Violet gets too close to the mission. A couple of separate investigations she is in too close for comfort in this terrifying, suspenseful book! This is one you do not want to miss!
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I love jay an violet! Thyere so sweet i also really like rafe his bad boy attitude but probably because i like a boy at school named raife im sad hes gone buut hell come ack right!?
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My kind of morbid story
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Honestly I wish there were more. I thought this book was well done and incredibly interesting, a Criminal Minds show with more personal aspects as you get to know characters and relationships in a view that on cannot reach through a show. I love the characters along with the plot, and I cannot wait to read more of her books. Truly, I was blown away.
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why is there not a nook sample of this one but there is of all the others?