Kimberly Derting The Body Finder
336 pp. HarperTeen (HarperCollins) 2010
Summary (From the publisher): A gripping tale of a girl with a morbid ability that could lead her to a killer . . . and the boy who would never let anything happen to her.
Sixteen-year-old Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her unusual so-called gift. While her confusing feelings for her best friend are new, she has been able to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered—and the imprints that attach to their killers since she was a little girl. Violet has never considered her ability useful, but now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Fiercely protective of her, Jay agrees to help Violet search for the murderer. But even as she’s falling in love, Violet is getting closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
This is an all-around fabulous book! Derting has done a fantastic job building the characters and the mystery of who’s been killing the girls in Violet’s town. And I’m a huge fan of the relationship between Violet and Jay; it’s so swoon-worthy!
With such a large number of paranormal books out in the world, The Body Finder is one that stands out. When I think of paranormal stories I instantly think of vampires, angels, shape shifters, etc. It’s refreshing to read a story about a normal girl, with a heightened “gift”. Violet’s ability to find dead bodies through their echoes is a cool concept for a story that definitely won me over. I have quite a few students who won’t read anything non-realistic, but I think they’d enjoy Violet’s story.
I couldn’t get enough of the mystery behind the murders. Every time a new body was found, I had a new suspect in mind. And then the twist that was thrown in! I did NOT see that coming! (I bet you want to read it now, huh?! ;)) Derting built so much suspense that I was literally on the edge of my seat as I finished reading this book. There simply aren’t enough great mysteries in YA lit.
I know this is short review in comparison to my other reviews. I’ve been in a blogging slump because I have been in the midst of finishing up a grad class (it ended this week!), and I finished reading this one over a week ago. But seriously, if you love a good mystery and romance, then this is a great book for you!