The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting

Friday, June 24, 2011
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

Oh. My. God.
This book had my stomach fluttering, heart racing, and on the edge of my seat. It's part thriller, part romance and part supernatural. I loved every bit of it and could not put it down. I really liked how it told Violet's story, but also had parts from the killer's POV. Creeeeeptastic!! I was almost paranoid sitting by myself here on the couch reading this while everyone else was asleep.

It was a ride going through these things with Violet: her ability to sense the dead and those who have killed (from murderers to animals), the twisting serial killer aspect, and the ever evolving relationship between her and her best friend since childhood, Jay (totally fell in love with this boy). I liked her because she wasn't overly whiny/needy/damsel-in-distress but she wasn't too stubborn/cold/hard-headed either, she had just the right attitude at just the right moments. She was well developed and had just the right amount of maturity for someone at her age with her ability. She wasn't flawless, but she was just right.

Jay was great. I don't know where to begin with this one. He is Violet's childhood friend and one loyal friend at that. It was a lot of fun reading as Violet discovered her feelings for him. I didn't think it was overly cheesy, though some you could see coming, but it was realistic in the way things developed. I think that this part, with me being a romance lover, was my favorite part. It made giddy and excited and even impatient wanting them to become more than friends.

The serial killer part truly freaked me out. His bits were creepy and chilling. There wasn't any goriness, thank goodness, there needn't be any, it was haunting enough without it.

All in all this is another novel I will probably not keep my mouth shut about. It was unique, thrilling and well written, with the characters being well developed and interesting. I loved this book hands down, and I'm sure I will love the next book in the series as well (VioletandJayOMGcan'twait!).

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Jenny said...

Argh! This is one of those books I just had to have and I rushed out the day it was released and bought it only to place it on my shelf. I still haven't gotten to it and I even bought the sequel! Must fit it in somewhere!

Samantha said...

Definitely! I procrastinated reading this one and now wish I had read it sooner. I can't express how much I enjoyed reading it. I waited until late last night to start it and was up until 2:30 in the morning reading it. Needless to say, I was hooked.

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