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The Body Finder
The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
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 t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061779817
ISBN-10: 0061779814
Publication Date: 3/16/2010
Pages: 336
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 42 ratings
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Type: Hardcover
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natalietahoe avatar reviewed The Body Finder on + 70 more book reviews
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Violet is sixteen-years-old and has a unique gift. She has the ability to sense the residual "echoes" of the murdered and is...drawn to them.

While the dead have a distinct echo of sound or vibration, the murderer carries the exact same imprint. Violet can immediately tell who is the killer, and since she was a young girl, she has been an unwilling tracker of the murdered. When young girls begin to go missing in her small town of Buckley, Washington, Violet is pulled into it when she finds a body in a lake. She knows she has to find the killer. Which doesn't make it easy for a teenage girl who would rather think about her best friend, Jay, instead.

This Young Adult book is structured with each chapter from Violet's perspective. Every now and again, however, the thoughts of the unknown killer are shared - and it is most assuredly creepy. Surprisingly, it was the same unsettling feeling I had while reading Robert Bloch's Psycho (which was turned into Hitchcock's infamous film). In the book, Norman's thoughts are shared, and his rationalizations for his "mother" and how she is killing was unnerving. The Body Finder has the same pull to the dark side as you read the killer's thoughts.

Although I thought there was much too much love tension between Violet and her best friend, Jay, I kept reminding myself that I wasn't the right audience for this book. A much younger market with their emotions in a turmoil wouldn't mind all the teenage love tension and drama; I, however, wished that it was shored up a bit and a lot of it cut from the final version. But, the bottom line is I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't normally read a lot of Young Adult, paranormal-esque type books (but I think I might read more now), this decidedly kept my interest and I loved the creativity of Violet's ability and the thrill of the hunt as she was the one who was tracking the killer, instead of the killer finding his next victim. Flipping from one page to the next, I cheered her individuality and also felt her fear of her skill was genuine. Kimberly Derting has creatively rooted her place in the YA world with this engaging, dark, and riveting story.
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ra7 avatar reviewed The Body Finder on + 767 more book reviews
Interesting concept of being able to "sense" dead bodies whether human or animal and sensing the "vibes" that attach themselves to the animal(s) or people doing the killing. Fell a bit flat for me. Approximately the first 1/4 of the book was Vi stressing over Jay and her romantic feelings for him. Angst and more angst. It was frustrating her lack of any other outside interests. One thing I did like was her parents and Jay accepting her ability without question.

Apparently Jay is so hawt, all the girls in school WANT him. (Except for Vi's friends that is). Oh look, here are some quotes! "(Name removed so as to not spoil) probably should have been uncomfortable from all the negative vibes being thrown her way..." & "...as she grew immune to the gossiping whispers and the fleeting- and sometimes not so fleeting- daggers that were shot her way by the other girls who envied her new status as Jay's girlfriend."

Violet's ability and the mystery took a back seat to angst and pettiness in this one.
solarawynn avatar reviewed The Body Finder on + 724 more book reviews
This is an amazing book.Cannot wait to read more.
abbykt avatar reviewed The Body Finder on + 113 more book reviews
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I was little creeped out by the serial killer thing and it was creepy. Violet's power was mysterious and compelling and the mystery in the book kept me reading. When the reveal was made at the end, I was able to see the pieces leading up to the discovery of the killer. It was great writing. I also am always a sucker for the teenage romance. Jay is the kind of boy we would all love our daughters to meet. This was a fun read.


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