Is DEAD SILENCE Really the Last Book in The Body Finder Series?
Since I’m getting this question a lot, I feel it bears a detailed answer, as opposed to a simple yes or no. So here goes! (Oh, and if you haven’t read DEAD SILENCE, I think it’s fair to warn you, there are major SPOILERS AHEAD, so close your eyes!)
Seriously though, do not read this if you haven’t read the book and don’t want to know what happens!!!
So, here's the deal. I've heard a ton of people saying they'd like to see a Rafe spinoff of the series, but personally I would sort of love to write a Chelsea spinoff, even if it's just a short e-book version someday. There's nothing definite yet, just some notes I've jotted down. FIRST MAJOR SPOILER ALERT: You may have noted that in DEAD SILENCE Chelsea saw a halo on the killer right after she was stabbed. The reason I mention this is because I didn't think the implications of what this could mean were very subtle, although my husband didn’t catch it at first. So even though I love Rafe a ton, I'd really like to get Chelsea’s perspective on what this means, especially considering her say-it-like-it-is attitude.
Now, as far as the mention that there were a couple “loose ends” in DEAD SILENCE, I sort of beg to differ. I feel that I tied up the significant relationships, which is what really needed tying up (at least in my opinion). If you read the book, then you know, or should know by now, that Jay and Violet's relationship is rock solid, and that Rafe is no longer standing in their way. You also know that Violet has decided to continue working with her team going forward, even if she doesn’t completely agree with the tactics of those in charge. And the most obvious resolution, and another MAJOR SPOILER, was that Chelsea survived her attack and the killer was captured.
But I also wanted to give you, my awesome readers, a chance to draw some of your own conclusions and let you guess what might happen next for some of these characters that we’ve all grown to love over the years. I personally love books where I'm left thinking about the characters long after I’ve closed the last page….sometimes even when it drives me a little bit crazy ;) (I recently read (and loved!) GONE, GIRL and I was left with that feeling for weeks!)
So I'm not sure if I gave you a good, or even a remotely satisfying answer to this question but I hope you can better understand WHY I left things a little open-ended on Chelsea's part. I know Chelsea makes some people crazy, but I adore her, and think it would be fun to see life through her eyes for a while.
Please know that I love love LOVE these characters, not just Chelsea but all of them, and if there ever comes a time where I have the opportunity to write more BODY FINDER books at some point down the road, you bet your a** I’ll jump at the chance to spend more time with all of them!
Or maybe I’ll just kill off Rafe and Jay and be done with it. :)
(How's that for an ambiguous answer to the original question???)