Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: March 16, 2010.

A serial killer on the loose. A girl with a morbid ability. And the boy who would never let anything happen to her.

Violet Ambrose can find the dead. Or at least, those who have been murdered. She can sense the echoes they leave behind... and the imprints they leave on their killers. As if that weren't enough to deal with during junior year, she also has a sudden, inexplicable, and consuming crush on her best friend since childhood, Jay Heaton.

Now a serial killer has begun terrorizing Violet's small town... and she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

The Body Finder is an amazingly written emotional thrill-ride that I never wanted to put down. If it wasn’t the suspenseful murder mysteries that kept me on edge, it was the gripping, swoon-worthy romance.

Violet Ambrose manages to be a gutsy heroin and a confused teenage girl fumbling with her feelings at the same time, officially landing her a spot on my long list of favorite literary characters. The story seems to flip between her investigation of the murders and her blossoming romance with her best friend, Jay, which had me melting into a big puddle of sap. Can I please have a Jay for myself?

Her paranormal power, despite being a key element to the story, wasn’t overplayed and shoved in our faces. And while Violet’s ability to find dead bodies and listen to the call of souls was creepy, reading the chapters where we get inside of the killer’s head was what truly scared the crap out of me. And I loved every second of it.

Overall, Kimberly Derting wrote an incredible, intense and emotionally gripping debut that I definitely recommend to everyone!


  1. Love the part of your review describing the chapters getting inside the killers head, that is cool. Can't wait to read it.

  2. Really wonderful review! I just got this one so now I'm super excited to read it! :D

  3. Great Review. And I can perfectly understand the need for a Jay. Dear lord, please make two while you're a it.

  4. This sounds good :) Great review