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Friday, May 7, 2010

Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
Release Date: March 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Length: 329 pages
Format: ARC


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 left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope 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.


One of my favorite books of the year. Hands down. The mystery was enough to make my stomach curl, the romance enough to make my heart flutter, the characters realistic enough to make me believe they were real, the pacing so perfect that I never was bored for one second. Unbelievable debut on Kimberly Derting's part. Unfreakinbelievable.

Probably my favorite aspect was the occasional chapter from the perspective of the murderer. The thoughts in the murderers head were seriously blood curling and had that spot-on creep factor. Plus, I never knew who the killer was. I bounced back between Violet's uncle, Jay, Grady, the cops, etc. It was crazy and spectacular to read an unpredictable book for once.

And usually hate third person person I feel distant from the characters. Not with The Body Finder. I feel like I know Violet like I know my best friend, even though it was in third person.

Additionallllllyyyyyy the characters were not whiny when it came to hormones. The author was spot on when it came to mastering teenage emotions. Wowzers. That is rare.

Kimberly Derting YOU ROCK.

Grade: A+


Sarah said...

I also loved this book! It was a nice surprise. i didn't expect it to be as good as it was. :) good review

ChickLitGirl said...

Omg, I just downloaded an ebook of this. CANT WAIT TO READ IT!
Thanks for the review!

Gem said...

This wouldn't normally be my kind of thing, but you've sold me. I love the idea of a paranormal whodunit. Great review

Cara! said...

I agree completely! No one else thought the killer might've been Jay, but I did have my doubts with him. All of the points you made were the exact same things that made me fall in love with this book. Bravo! (c:

Have a great day!

Saumya said...

I'll definitely have to check this out!! Great review and blog :)

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

I need to bump this one up further on my TBR pile, because your review has me realllly wanting to read it! Awesome review :)

Nomes said...

I've only ever read awesome stuff about The Body Finder! I need to find a copy somewhere! (haven't seen it in the shops over here yet...)

And, awesome review :)

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