The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Hardcover, 336 pages
” Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer… and becoming his prey herself.”
My Thoughts on the Book.
The Body Finder…I liked this book. I think it was a good debut novel for Derting. I liked the storyline and I liked the idea of “echoes.” I thought it was fascinating and it made me want to keep reading, I have never read anything like it. The story moved at a good pace and I finished it fairly quickly and I found it an easy read.
Girls keep dissapearing, their bodies keep being found, and Violet is in the middle of it. She feels like she has to help find the killer, but the killer wants to find her. And while all this mysterious-ness is going on. Violet must deal with her feelings for Jay, her best friend. Who came back from summer, he’s different. He has a deeper voice and he has grown into his body, and Violet isn’t the only one who has noticed. All the girls around school have been noticing Jay, and it makes Violet crazy, but she won’t let on to it. Between the murders and her feelings for Jay, and sensing the dead. Violet has alot to figure out…
The story moved at a good pace and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. I was only slightly surprised at who the killer was, and that was a plus. Normally, I am fairly good at guessing who or what is going to happen in the end. I liked how “echoes” when Violet got them were described, I think they were depicted very well.
Now as for characters, I was kind of iffy on them. Violet annoyed me at some points. I felt like the romance between Violet and Jay was cheesy and a little overdone. Jay also annoyed me at certain parts, he was a little redundant with his sarcasm.
But overall I enjoyed the book, not one I would re-read though. I like the cover alot, I thought it was rather unique like the “echoes.” But the characters fell a little flat for me and the romance was too cheesy. I give this book a 3 out of 5. I’m not sure if I will continue with the series, I think the book ended nicely. There wasn’t a cliffhanger and I think it should have been a stand alone novel.
If anyone has continued and think I should. Leave a comment.