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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

September 9th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Publication Date: March 16, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Description from 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 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 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.

If you have not read this book yet I would highly recommend it.  It’s a nice change of pace from the vampire-werewolf-faerie craze that has been running rampant through the YA book world lately.  I hate to sound like I’m gushing but I really enjoyed this book and devoured it in no time.  I loved the romantic tension between Jay and Violet and it was so sweet watching them interact together even just as best friends.  I’m glad the relationship wasn’t rushed and you got to see the build up to what we all knew (including all of Violet’s friends) would be the inevitable conclusion.

The chapters alternate between Violet’s point of view and the serial killer’s point of view.  In some books this technique works for me and in others it doesn’t but I think it fit nicely into this one.   The identity of the serial killer was not someone you guess right off the bat which is great.  Violet’s character was believable and relatable for me.  Yes, at times she makes some stupid decisions but they are decisions I can understand due to the emotional stress she is going through.  Jay is also a nice balance of the sweet, always there for her guy but mixed with some macho, stubborn teenage boy attitude.   While Violet’s parents do not play a huge part in the story it is nice to see for once a YA book where the parents are not totally clueless to what’s going on in their child’s life or aren’t some sort of dead beat, alcoholic, drug addict, etc. parent.  That was one point that would always get me in a lot of YA books.

This book literally had me hanging to the last page and scrambling to read what finally happens in the end.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

6 Responses

  1. Christina/Book Addict

    I’m glad you liked this book! I also really enjoyed it and felt it was a much needed break from the usual paranormal stuff, too. I can’t wait for Desires of the Dead! Great review!

  2. Laura @ I'm Booking It

    OK, I’ve added it to my list! Sounds great.

  3. Pam

    Loved The Body Finder!

  4. dsuzuki

    Same here Christina. Thanks!
    Laura-hope you enjoy it!
    Pam-can’t wait to see if the next one is as good.

  5. Michelle

    I’ve heard a lot about how good this book is. I’m glad that I have it already so I can jump right in!

  6. Kailana

    I read this earlier this year and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. I do agree with you that it is different from everything else out there right now and I did appreciate that!

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