By: Kimberly Derting
Published: March 1, 2010
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.(less)
Could not put this one down! The main character, Violet, hooked me right away with her special body-finding gift and her secret pining over her BFF since diapers, Jay. By page 80 I was like, come on girl can't you see the signs that this boy digs you too?!?!? But don't worry, I only say that because I wanted them to get together and be happy. Couldn't help it. I cared about them.
The plot behind the serial killer was awesome and I really enjoyed the little chapters through the killer's eyes. It had me searching for clues throughout the book that Violet may have missed.
Any body who knows me, knows I'm a first person point of view snob. It's just really had for me to care about characters in 3rd person most of the time, but I didn't have that issue with this novel. Kudos Ms. Derting for writing one of the most riveting books I've read this year.
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