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Review: The Body Finder by Kim Derting

The Body Finder by Kim Derting
Published by Headline

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.

I liked that this book was really unique in its ideas and concept.

I have heard so much about the body finder for the past 6 months and I preordered it ages ago. But I didn;t pick it up straight away and actually lost any enthusiasm to read it. I have since picked it up 3 or 4 times then gone for something else. This time however I stuck with it and I'm glad I did so.

The main problem I had getting into this book was that it was quite slow to start with. I have been through a stage of reading a lot of fast paced books and I struggled to start. It's not to say I wasn't enjoying it but nothing was gripping me.

I like the main character of Violet in her ordinary teenage girls way and I love Jay. He is awesomely cute and I found myself wishing I had my own version of him when I was that age. I loved the relationship between them and loved seeing how it developed.

The main story for me was about finding out who was behind all of the killings happening in Violet's neighbourhood. A one point I did think to myself "that resolved itself a bit too easily" but then the twist threw everything back up in the end. I liked how the story flittered between Violet's story and then dropped into the killers head every so often.

Certainly a good book which I enjoyed a lot - I'm not sure I but into "the best book I've read this year" hype but certainly worth the time and energy to read.


Elodie said…
It's still in my pile ... I definitely have to begin to read this one !! =)
I loved how different it was, with the mix of crime and romance. I also really enjoyed reading of a main character with such a supportive family. It was different and that's why I loved it so much.