Book Review | The Body Finder
Title: The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
About the Book:
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.
Although I am in my early 30s, I still like to read Young Adult books. There seems to be so many new titles out lately that are paranormal in nature and The Body Finder is one of them. I LOVE this genre so I couldn’t wait to dig right into this book.
The Body Finder captured my interest from the very start. Kimberly Derting’s writing style drew me in and kept me up late at night reading. I just had to see what was going to happen! This was the first story of its kind that I have read about this particular special ability. The main character, Violet, is able to sense spirits who have left an “imprint” on their killer. Each spirit leaves a different imprint so that is how Violet is able to differentiate between all the ghosts. I was fascinated with this side of the story especially when Violet was able to pick up on the serial killer stalking the area.
The best part for me was when she was in the woods helping to search for another missing girl and she picked up that the serial killer was among the searchers. I was nearly on the edge of my seat reading wondering if the killer was going to get her and so curious as to who this person was. There was a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming making this a very suspenseful read for me.
I didn’t really care for the romance between Violet and Jay. They had been best friends for years and now both have discovered they have feelings for one another. I kept thinking that I wished Violet would be direct and tell Jay about her newfound romantic feelings. But of course, she kept them bottled in and I was frustrated with her. I kept thinking would you just tell him already!! Maybe I think that because that is what I would have done!
Overall, The Body Finder is a quick and suspenseful read and I am passing this book onto my daughter, Olivia, because I think it will be something that she will like too.
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*I received a copy of this book to reviewÂbut I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*