The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Release Date: February 15th, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Series: The Body Finder, Book 1
Rating: YA 14+
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed

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.

Before I had picked up this book at the library, I'd been seriously raving about The Body Finder's cover. Gorgeous. Mysterious. Beautiful. All these ran through my head. Of course, when I picked up the book and started on that first word, I was hooked. Seriously? How many paranormal books are there to do with sensing the dead through echoes? Yeah, that's what I thought you'd say.
The Body Finder is truly everything you'd hope for and more. Original, suspenseful, cute and deadly– everything you can hope for in a book!

Violet is among the several of perfect paranormal main characters. She's got her flaws and best traits, and that's what makes her so believable. Other than the paranormal aspect of being able to hear the echoes of the dead or the ones who caused death, she's practically normal, which makes everything more contemp and realistic...other than the fact the fact she has an ability.
JAY. JAY. JAY. Okay, LURV him. Absolutely love love love him. Protective though. Really, really, really protective. But still sweet and amazingly hot. I'm a sucker for the whole best- friends-turns-into-something-more thing. :D And what would be a book without the sassy, smart and badass friend? Chelsea was no exception. Loved her little comments, totally made the book have it's little icebreakers.

The Body Finder is a pretty different paranormal. I found that it was quite similar to Meg Cabot's 1-800-Where-R-You? series as the heroine can sense where missing people are. Definitely loved the creepy feel as Violet feels the killer's echoes more and even more as she gets closer to finding out who it is.
I really liked how that it also showed the killer's perspective as he goes around looking for girls to kill. Yes, it's creepy and totally gave me shivers. I really loved how though it's not only through Violet's, as the main character, perspective, but also includes some POV from the opposing "team".

Overall, just by reading a few words and then being pulled into the eerie and dead-filled world of Violet's, I fell in love with The Body Finder and fabulous author. Kimberly Derting had me sitting on the edge of my seat and had my jaw dropping with close encounters and the unveiling of the killer. This is NOT a book to be passed over. The second book, Desires of the Dead is just as good. A review will be coming soon, but for those of you who are not sure about this series, don't think. Just read.

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  1. I have read nothing but good things about this book! I want to read it but I'm also a little scared too because I am squeamish when it comes to violence. Are the murders in it gory?

  2. I really enjoyed this one, I can't believe that I still haven't gotten around to reading the sequel which is sat on my Kindle.
    I don't recall the book being gory at all.

  3. Yay! I'm so glad you like this series as much as I do. Great review!! =D

  4. Thanks Caroline! Maybe I'll give it a shot and see how it goes =)

  5. I have read a review about this book on another blog and its all good! It makes me want to read it next. Great review! :)

  6. I've read The Pledge by the same author and loved it, so I've had my eye on this book for a while! Great review, you definitely sparked my interest!

  7. i love jay in the body friend become boyfriend,...
    violet is really a lucky girl...

  8. I love, love, love this book! It's amazingly creepy, and I was so incredibly fascinated by Kimberly Derting's writing in the killer's POV. The entire book blew my mind. Of course, I just have to mention Jay . . . Glad you enjoyed it, too!

  9. Okay so I'm definitely gonna read this book sometime next week. It sounds really good, with the whole killer plot thingy :D
    And I really liked the Meg Cabot series so I guess I will find this great too :)

  10. I love this book too. Its one of my favorite series and I'm dying for Dead Silence to come out!!


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