Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Hardcover: 329 pages
Published: March 16th 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 0061779814 
ISBN13: 9780061779817
Series: The Body Finder #1
Received: Bought book/Have audio
Challenge: 2012 Goodreads Challenge
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 a book with many many mixed reviews on Goodreads. I could tell it was a book you would either love or not.
That being said I was defiantly among the ones who loved it. I thought The Body Finder was an amazing mix of mystery, edge of your seat moments, sprinkled with a great amount of romance to make me want more! I found myself captivated by this book, I had to know what was going to happen. I had to know.
Violet has this eerie ability of being drawn to the dead. Ever since she was a little girl, she has been finding dead animals. But one day at the age of 8 what she found was not an animal, but a dead body. 
Later on when Violet is in High School, there is a slew of terrible murders going on. Violet must put her fear aside, and do everything that she can do to track down the killer. Just when she thinks it's over... she soon realizes it is not, and just maybe she is in more danger then ever. 
 As the reader you know this, which makes it that more nerve racking. Because you get bit's and pieces of the killers POV! So you know, but Violet does not. That being said when she made certain decisions I found myself talking to my book. Over & Over. I felt for Violet! She can feel it in her body when there is a body around. There is no stopping it. She is pulled to it, and she cannot rest, or think of anything else. But she is such a great character. I thought she was so very brave, and determined! If I was in her shoes, I am not sure I could be going to the extremes she was to find a killer. But she did what she had to do, to stop this man that was hurting these girls!
 I thought the mystery & suspense was very well written! I myself was pulled into this story! The romance between Violet & Jay was great! Although I found myself wanting Violet to speak up sooner. But, I understand wanting to keep your best friend you best friend, and not wanting anything to change. Not knowing if they feel the same! But I was so happy as to how everything played out. Jay is just so *sigh* sweet! Oh my. I love how he is such a good guy. He's not your typical guy. He's caring & how he is with Violet is just amazing. 
The Body Finder was hands down an amazing book. I will be getting Desires of the Dead soon, which is the next installment in The Body Finder series! I cannot wait to see where Derting takes me with her writing. Which was absolutely amazing.


  1. I loved this book! The mystery in this one was killer and I believe I gave myself a migraine because I was so wrapped up in all the adrenaline and all. On top of that, I read it in one sitting. And don't get me started Jay and Vi's romance! So sweet and heart-melting!
    I'm so glad to see you also enjoyed this book--great review!
    Millie @ Millie D's Words

  2. So glad you loved it! I have got to get around to this soon!

  3. Yay I'm glad you loved this one. I really liked this one for the mystery and JAY! I love Jay so much and I can't wait to read about him in the second book. I read this book so long ago and never stopped to find the time to read the second book. I can't wait to see what you think of the second book if you read it soon, maybe it will inspire me to find the time to dust off the second book and read it :)


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