Title: The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
Hardcover: 327 pages
Released Date: March 16, 2010
Interest: Blog Buzz
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.
This book was utterly and completely one of the BEST paranormal books I have ever read! Like Melissa Marr said,
"The romance and the mystery in The Body Finder were so intense that I didn't know whether to hold my breath or scream. I did know that I wouldn't be getting anything done until I read the whole book."
That is exactly how I felt through out reading this book! I started reading this book with the expectation that I wasn't going to love it and it was just going to be another paranormal book. But I was wrong! After reading the prologue, I was already immersed in Derting's writing and my hands were locked onto the book and they weren't letting go any time soon!
Violet was a character that seemed very real to me. I always say that I like the tough girls in books and even though Violet is tough in her own way, she isn't the type to punch you in the face. Her spirit and personality is like any other teen, it's just she has a peculiar ability of sensing the echos and imprints of the dead and killers. Only those closest to her know about her ability and one of those people is Jay.
Ahhh...Jay. What a wonderful character. Seriously, I was all over this guy! He's sweet, caring, and is always there for Violet, no matter how much she seems to piss him off. He wasn't one of those annoyingly perfect dream guys, girls in books always go for, but he had flaws and seemed so real! The romance was one of the keys things that made me LOVE this book. It was sweet, adorable,and passionate all at once. I remember just giggling through out those mushy gushy parts! Adorable-ness...
Another key reason I liked this book was because of the suspense and mystery of the killer! Although the chapters from the killer's point of view completely irked me, I was enthralled with it. It was so freaky reading from his point of view but that's what added to suspense and craziness of this book! The effect was monumental and it wrapped the book up perfectly!