Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Summary Provided by Goodreads:
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.

My Thoughts:
I bought this book on my nook for $1.99! I don’t know how long this deal is going to last, but I recommend everyone who has a nook to buy it ASAP. Purchase The Body Finder for your nook here! . With that being said, what a pleasant surprise! When I first read that it was about a girl who could find dead bodies, I immediately thought of the Harper Connelly series by Charlaine Harris (a series which I LOVE, btw!). I thought it was going to basically be the same thing. It wasn’t. Derting’s story is completely her own, and I loved it!

The story is about Violent, a senior in high school who can see echos and imprints to find dead bodies (animals and humans) and their killers. Only a handful of people know her secret, including her family and her best friend, Jay. One night while hanging out with Jay, she comes across a dead girl in the lake, and immediately her life changes. Violent soon realizes that she is the only person who will be able to find the serial killer, and the other poor girls he has murdered.

I loved Voilet. She is a normal teenager (well, except for that whole “I can find the dead” thing). She’s not a super hero and she knows it, but she is brave and will put herself in harms way so another girl does not tragically die. Jay was another well-written character. The two have been friends since forever and it is so obvious that they have romantic feelings for each other, and it’s adorable. I was rooting for them the entire time!

The Body Finder kept me interested the entire time. I was hooked from the first sentence. Derting also gives us glimpses of the murderer’s point of view, which was haunting and thrilling and kept me wanting more!!

The second book in the series, Desires of the Dead was released a few weeks ago and I can not wait to read it!!

Here is the book trailer for The Body Finder! Lately, I've been all about the book trailers!


  1. Great review! I am going to add this book to my reading list. It sounds like a fun book and the main character sounds fun instead of annoying as I thought this character would be. Again, you've changed my opinion about a book!

  2. Good review. I really liked this one too.

  3. Thanks for following, I'm following you now too :)
    Oh I have this on my tbr pile, just haven't had a chance to read it. I've heard good things about it tho. Great review.


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