The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Came out: March 16, 2010

Pages: 336

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: e-Book

Source: Kindle Store

Age Group: Young Adult

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 was adrenaline, intensity, and paranormal activity. Needless to say, this is a great book. While I don't feel that readers will particularly connect with Violet (I didn't), I'm sure that everybody will really really enjoy the murder mystery. Kimberly adds some GREAT description and the settings are miraculously crafted.

Jay slightly annoyed me. He claimed that he didn't like the attention from the girls, but you can tell that he kind of does. Plus, he was possessive of Violet. Although the characters are slightly lacking, The Body Finder was STUNNING! It was absolutely AMAZING!

The suspense....oh the suspense! It was great! Whenever somebody even attempted to talk to me while I was reading this, I got really mad at them and then proceeded to shut myself in my room until I finished it. Anybody who picks this up will find themselves immerse in the intense and horror of this story. Bordering on scary, but not really horror, this book will appeal to everybody. I can see adults picking this up, girls, boys, etc,. Although younger teens might want to avoid this because it can be slightly scary.

The mystery was great. I loved how vivid all the details were and how each clue revealed added more depth to the story. Violet was very interesting at these parts, but not enough to where my first impression of her was overwritten. I loved the alternating points of view: Violet's and the serial killer's.

The killer's point of view was creepy and strangely intoxicating. I thought it was a genius idea for Kimberly Derting to write the novel like that. Seriously? GENIUS. It reminded me of Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz, the points of view (the stalker and Camelia).

I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment (Desires of the Dead) which I might get from the library. No matter who you are, you will love this book. Suspense, romance, danger, intensity, and murder? Winning.

Recommended for anybody who loves: Deadly Little Secret; Deadly Little Lies; Deadly Little Games; murder mysteries; paranormal romance; thrillers, etc,.

Possible book club questions:

How do you think Jay is so oblivious?As well as sensing echoes of murders, why do you think Violet was able to sense the boy in the mall?Who did you originally think was the murderer?What would your reaction be if one of your family members could sense the dead?What was your opinion about the alternating points of view?