Friday, February 3, 2012

Review: The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting

Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder (#1)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 327
Read in: 3 days

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.

D, A, & P's Review:

"The Body Finder," was an extremely intriguing novel, that didn't allow us to sleep. We both agree that this deliciously intriguing novel, has its pros and cons; but overall, the pros tilt the scale all the way right.

Violet, a teenage girl, is introduced as a farm from ordinary girl. Her extraordinary "talent," has always differentiated her from other girls all her life. Violet has a special knack for finding dead things, as well as, identifying their killers. So, when girls start disappearing, and the murder rate in their small area, reaches the all-time high; Violet's ability is put to the test. A serial killer is on the loose, and only Violet can identify the man. Can the odd-one out, be the small town hero?

We found it fascinating how the story switches from the serial killer's perspective to Violet's. As sick as he was, his perspective helped give us and many other readers a creepy thrill. Being inside his head, knowing how he "hunted" for these girls, made the story even more exciting. We did feel that maybe a bit more detail should have been put into his crazy "tactics." What happened to these girls after they were shoved into his trunk?

Violet's new profound feelings for her best friend, Jay, leave her defenseless against his new-charm, and looks. Her blossoming relationship with Jay, seems a bit fragile at first, but as the book progresses their relationship becomes steadier. At a point in the book when their relationship came to a standstill, we became complete and utterly frustrated. There was a lot of miscommunication, between Violet and Jay, but everything worked out for the best. If it's not already clear, we're on team Jaylet!

However, we did notice that the storyline seemed to focus more on their relationship, rather than the problems at hand. Gory details are given about Violet and Jay's ever-developing relationship, yet, only a few details are given when the serial killer is picking up these girls. Not that Violet and Jay's relationship didn’t add to the story, but we found ourselves craving more appealing events.

Kimberly Derting did an amazing job crafting the storyline for "The Body Finder." You'd be foolish to miss out on such a thrilling novel. We hope to see some improvements in sequel, "Desires of the Dead."


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