Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

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Title:The Body Finder
Author:Derting, Kimberly
Publisher:HarperTeen
Pages:336

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 left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope 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.

If I had to sum this review up in one word, that word would be ‘refreshing’. It was pretty awesome to read a new YA that implements a creative writing style and a very interesting plot and story line. I was sent this book last year from HarperTeen, and I devoured it in one day of reading and the story and characters have stuck with me all this while.

With the imminent release I today pre-ordered my hard copy to have on my shelf. The cover art is gorgeous, there is no person, place or thing there to distract me. I got to know the characters in the book in my own way. Kimberly gives you a basis to go on and your imagination can take you on the rest of the journey.

The two main characters Violet, and Jay are so fun. Through-out the book you are practically mentally screaming at them “HE LIKES YOU VIOLET” or “SHE LIKES YOU JAY”. Violet grew up a bit traumatized from finding a body of a girl her age in the woods when she was a small child. Her family and friends looked the other way as she went into the woods behind her house hearing echos of animals and bringing them home to bury properly.

Violet can also sense an echo on the murderer. Most people have some sort of echo attached to them, the more violent the death they caused (I assume even running over a squirrel would mark you) the louder the echo becomes. So when girls start going missing, Violet takes it upon herself to find the killer by looking for their fresh and distinct echos.

The book is fast paced, very fun, as I said refreshing. If you like mysteries, a little fun romance, and a good YA read then I urge you to pick this up.

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14 Responses so far

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    You are so right about the cover! I like it better when there’s no people, because you’re free to imagine the characters with no preconceptions.
    I won a copy of TBF recently and I’m waiting for it to get here. I can’t wait to read it!

    Great review!
    Sharli

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    Wow! Definitely sound like something I’d love. Never read any books with premise like this one so this will be a good change. Will definitely be anticipating the release of this book over here. Thanks for sharing =)

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    Ooh, The Body Finder is one of my wishlist reads – I’ve read similar concepts in adult fiction, so when I heard about a YA book that deals with it I knew I just had to put it on my list.

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    “…practically mentally screaming at them “HE LIKES YOU VIOLET” or “SHE LIKES YOU JAY…”

    Lmao XD I love your little line :) Great review! I think ‘refreshing’ is really what I would expect from this. Would definitely pick this one up later.

    Cheers for the review!

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    Great review! I had heard of this one but thought it sounded to creepy for me but your review made me want to read it, especially as I love romances where you are screaming at the characters :)

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    Awesome review, I really really am excited to get my hands on this one! :)

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    This DOES sound fun! I think you’re right in that even though there are so many GREAT YA reads out there, after a while, they all seem like the same book. This sounds totally new and different. Thanks for the great review.

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    I’m glad you enjoyed this book. I’m really looking forward to reading it. I already have it on pre-order from Amazon. But it seems like a long time until the middle of the month.

    Great review!

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    I’m glad you like this book, too. Great review! Thank you for the comment on my review. I appreciate it. I’m a huge fan of your blog! :)

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    Oooh, I like mysteries and fun romances! ^__^

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    Heidenkind: I do think it is perfect for you to dissect!

    Alexa It does sound much more creepy than it is. It’s actually a beautiful story with an intriguing mystery.

    Dwayne: I love you for saying ‘cheers’ on my blog. I lived in London until a year and a half ago and I miss the city so.

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    I keep hearing great things about this one. I just added it to an order I’m starting up :)

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    Hey, we read this book also and thought the writing was amazing. we are excited for the companion novel. we also really really love the design of your blog. we have decided to include you in our Stylish Blogger Award list. You can check out the link here http://quirky-fate-press.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-sisters-red.html

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