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Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Friday, October 28, 2011
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
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Series: The Body Finder #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 16, 2010
Format: Signed-Paperback
Source: Wordstock

Buy It: Powell's

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.

The Body Finder was creepy and twisted. I would only dare read this in the warm protection of my bed.

Violet's ability to find dead bodies isn't anything new in her family. Her Mom and Dad are always there and supporting her through everything. It's also not a surprise that Violet inherited this ability because her grandmother had the same talent. When Violet starts finding bodies of dead young girls, she knows that there is a killer on the loose. Since the echo of the dead cling to the killer, Violet's the only one who can find him.

Whenever the POV switches to "the killer's", I start to get very paranoid. Even though they were creepy, I found that I enjoyed the switch of POVs a lot. I get the chance to understand how everything is happening through this disturbed man's head.

When Violet goes on these crazy trips to track down the killer she'd bring a long her best friend, Jay.

Jay & Violet. *sigh*

They have been inseparable ever since childhood. But when junior year somes around, Violet starts seeing Jay for someone other than her best friend. They’re just so darn adorable. I just love how protective they are of each other which makes things even cuter.

There were no complicated relationship issue like love triangles and such. Of course they went through the stage of not knowing if the other feels the same way and meeting other people. But they always knew they'd end up with each other. They're just.... I'm not even sure how to describe them.

The Body Finder is simply dark and sexy.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


  1. Great review Vy! You make me want to read it now! :) even more, that is!

  2. Ooo, sexy, good word to describe it. I wonder why I didn't think of that, because you're right, it is. Very. And aren't Jay and Vi the cutest thing? It's so funny because we read this (and reviewed this) around the same time.

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  3. Ooh this sounds pretty cool! I love the idea of the POVs switching to the Killers. I definitely have to read this one. Great review!

    Xpresso Reads

  4. I have read so many good reviews but I'm not sure If I will buy it, so many books in my wishlist. Anyway good review :)


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