Book: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Published by Harper Collins (352 pages)
Purchased for my Nook
Genre: YA: Paranormal
Goodreads 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 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.
I really liked The Body Finder. I thought Violet’s ability to sense the dead and imprints that their killers leave behind was an interesting one. I wasn’t too surprised to see that there was a serial killer taking and killing girls and that Violet used her abilities to figure out where the girls were buried and who was behind it.
I wish we saw more of her ability and what she can do with it. It was interesting enough, with different people having different echoes, and a serial killer absorbing the echoes of all of the people they’ve killed. I really liked how she could see or hear them.
As for the romance…really obvious. At least Jay and Violet were best friends first, which is a nice change from the love at first sight romances. And no love triangles, which is also nice.
Violet, other than her creepy ability to sense the dead, actually seemed relatively normal.
Something I just loved was seeing the serial killer in action. It made everything much more creepy. Plus, it felt a lot more real, as opposed to just being there. Creepy ability + getting into the serial killer’s head = a suspenseful book!
I give it a 4 out of 5. It started off a little slow but picked up.