The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Published By: HarperCollins

Year of Publication: 2010

Categories:YA, Fiction, Urban Paranormal

Pages: 336

Summary (from

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 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 dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope 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.

Review: This was an absolutely fantastic YA book! I haven’t read one this good in awhile.

First off, I thought Violet was a great main character – I liked her a lot. The decisions she made made sense, even though they once in awhile they made me a little crazy. I also liked Jay – who is absolutely perfect for Violet. I thought Jay was the typical buy next door without being typical or boring. The other character that stood out for me was Violet’s uncle, the police chief.

Two thirds of the way through the book I thought I had everything figured out, but there was still a substantial number of pages left. I couldn’t figure out what was going to fill up the rest of the book. Then the twist happened, and it filled out the rest of the pages. I never saw it coming, and I thought it was a great way to end it. If the twist hadn’t have happened I think the book would have wrapped things up a little too perfectly, but luckily Kimberly knows what she’s doing.

Violet and Jay are one of my favorite couples. Unlike a lot of YA books, they don’t instantly fall for each other. Instead, they’ve been best friends forever – literally since they were little – and slowly start to see each other as more than friends. The whole time Violet was trying to figure out her feelings for Jay and actually let him know how she felt about him, I was hoping that she’d have the guts to do it, and finally be a couple.

I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the next book in the series, Desires of the Dead, which was released on February 15.

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Disclosure: I got this book from the library.


5 thoughts on “The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

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  2. This one was a bit hit or miss for me. I think I gave it a 3/5? I really enjoyed parts of it, but others…not so much. Either way, I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I still plan on picking up the sequel too!

    Stopped by from the Saturday Situation!

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