Title: The Body Finder
Written by: Kimberly Derting
Release date: March, 2010
Source: Received from my mentor Lenore (IBBMP)
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 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 cover of the Body Finder didn’t quite make me jump to read this book. Again talk about cover love. I know it’s very bad to judge a book by it’s cover, but I just can’t help it. Fortunately the description did make me want to read it.
The story is told in the third person and it’s intertwined with short chapters that are told trough the eyes of the killer. To read about the hunt for girls through the eyes of the madmen made the book very suspenseful and creepy in that he’s telling us how he gets a kick out of it.
Violet is a strong female character. She’s not one to be pushed around and say nothing about it. I truly loved that about her. She’s got a mind of her own and a very stubborn one too. Jay was great too. He’s like the best friend ever, very protective. I liked that they were friends first and that the romance came later.
The relationship that the family members had with each other was another thing that I liked. There are so many young adult books where the parents are absent or just don’t care, but this was not the case in the Body Finder.
The Body Finder has all the right amounts of ingredients to keep a reader like me glued to the pages. I only have one more thing to say and that is: go get yourself a copy of this fantastic book!
Title: The Body Finder