Monday, August 8, 2011

Review: The Body Finder

Title: The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Harper Teen
Page Number: 327
Series: The Body Finder Series - Book 1
SYNOPSIS VIA AUTHOR WEBSITE

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.

MY RATING:
Hooked!

MY THOUGHTS:

The Body Finder was an amazing book! It has a really unique idea, and Kimberly Derting has created quite the world for us. The romance between Jay and Violet is breathtaking, and the suspense kept me reading until a pretty late hour, so I'd recommend checking this book out if you haven't already.

Violet has a morbid ability to sense the echoes left behind by the dead, and the imprint attached to their killers. When a serial killer sets his sights on the town, Violet feels she might be able to put her ability to good use and stop him. With the help of her best friend, Jay, who she's falling in love with, Violet might be getting closer to discovering the serial killer. Only problem? Now he has his sights set on her.

The murder mystery aspect of this book was really well done. I've always loved those murder mystery TV shows, and this is even better. Know why? Not only does Kimberly Derting incorporate murder mystery, but there's a paranormal aspect and a romance. This series is in my top ten.

I liked Violet as a character. I think she dealt with her ability really well, and that's got to be a creepy thing to live with. She also had a brain. *pleased* She did make a few bad choices, but that happens to the best of us. Overall, she was a strong, smart, relatable character.

Jay was... Well, Jay was Jay. And I liked Jay. He was protective of Violet, which was really sweet. I absolutely loved the dialouge between Violet and Jay. Their relationship was very realistic and filled with flirting and tension. *insert more fangirly gushing here*

The writing, characters, and plot Derting created are amazing as is this story. I can't wait to read the next in the series, and even though I don't need to say this, I'm hooked!

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1 comment:

BJ @ Dark Side of the Covers said...

Mystery, paranormal, romance & YA? Sounds like a good combination! Will put this on the library list. Good review!