The Body Finder

The Body FinderTitle: The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder #1
Publisher: Harper
Date: March 16, 2010
Pages: 327
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
4 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 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.

Murdered souls call out to Violet, and she can’t rest until their bodies are laid to rest in the ground. Fortunately, only the souls of small animals plague her–until a serial killer comes to town, and Violet begins to discover human bodies.

Violet enlists the help of her best friend to help her track down the serial killer, but her daring plan to save the town from evil could wind up getting her killed. The chemistry between Violet and Jay is undeniable, but Violet’s quest to hunt to serial killer may end their friendship and their budding romance before it ever really begins.

My favorite part of this book was the interactions between Violet and Jay. They are such a sweet couple, and their romance seems very innocent and natural since they have known each other their whole lives. The serial killer aspect, however, is what kept me turning the pages so quickly. I was dying to know if Violet would discover the murderer and if she would become his next victim. I did not particularly enjoy the scenes told from the serial killers perspective because it was extremely creepy. All in all this was a very good read.