Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4)
by Kimberly Derting
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 16th 2013 by HarperCollins
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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.
Fashion Sense of Main Characters.
All of my characters have a different fashion sense, and while fashion isn’t a main focus in any of my books, it’s definitely a consideration.
In the Body Finder books, it wasn’t as much of an issue. My characters live in a contemporary world, and Violet is a jeans and t-shirts kind of girl. She doesn’t spend a lot of time fussing with what she wears.
In The Pledge, clothing was an issue, because clothing defines the classes. My main character, Charlaina, describes her own clothes as being, “shades of grays, blues, browns, and blacks. Working class colors. Practical colors. The fabrics and textures were sensible—cottons, wools, even canvas—durable and hard to soil.” While she depicts a woman from a class above her as being “dressed in an impeccable white suit—a color rarely found among the Vendor class. It was too impractical, it stained too easily.”
Yet, when she and her friend, Brooklynn, go to the underground nightclub to blow off some steam, a place where classes don’t matter, they’re surrounded by people who dye their hair and paint their nails and wear a rainbow of colors, regardless of social standing.
In the Body Finder series, Violet’s friend Claire is considered the group’s fashionista, but I would consider her style sense to be suburban mall chic. Claire would shop at Hollister, Abercrombie, Forever 21, H&M, and Nordstrom. In the third book, The Last Echo, readers are introduced to Gemma, a new character whose style is much more sophisticated than Claire’s. She’s the kind of girl who wouldn’t be caught dead without makeup and wears trendy designer brands, turning up her nose at mall stores. But in Gemma’s case, she uses clothing as a way of overcompensating for a crappy childhood. It’s her way of making others think she’s better than them.
Fashion is a great way to play with character’s personalities, since it’s both expressive and subjective. It can reveal a lot about who a character is, or in Gemma’s case, what they’re hiding.
Kimberly Derting is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins) and THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster). She lives in the Seattle area, with her husband and three children, who often find the outrageous things they say either in the pages of her books or posted on Twitter or Facebook for the entire world to see.
You can visit her website at www.kimberlyderting.com.
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