Book Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: Book 1 of 4
Publisher: HarperTeen
Released: March 16, 2010

Book Summary:

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.

This was a creepy, suspenseful, romantic read.  A great mix of mystery, romance and fantasy.

Most of the book is told from Violet’s point of view.  Violet hears “echoes” of both the dead and of those who’ve killed others.  For the most part this unique ability usually finds her digging up the bones of dead animals but occasional she stumbles across something much more horrifying.  No one knows of her ability except for her family and childhood friend Jay.

I loved watching Violet’s relationship with Jay develop into something more than just friendship.  I’m a succor for the “best friend turned more than friend” kind of relationships.

Most of the story is told from Violet’s perspective but there are short snippets thrown in that are written from the mind of a serial killer, that’s that creepy part.

For those who scare easily you might not want to read this while home alone at night.  I don’t scare easily and enjoy an occasional suspenseful, creepy book so I thoroughly enjoyed this one.  I’ll definitely be reading the sequels.

Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend

Content: Some language including 1 F word. No sex but some passionate making out. Creepy & suspenseful.

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