Thursday, April 1, 2010
Review of The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
I saw this book all over the blogosphere and I HAD to have it! So on Sunday I used my 40% off coupon and rushed out to buy it. I'm so glad I did! I had to finish up the book I was reading and then I picked this up on Tuesday. My mistake was I picked it up at work and I didn't want to put the book down! It sucked me in immediately and I was eager to learn more about the intriguing characters and unique storyline. I love the main character and found her completely believable. I thought she was very mature in being so accepting of her 'gift'. I also loved that it took place in western Washington which is where I live so I can picture the town perfectly in my head.
This story wasn't about just the main character, no, it pulled in her best friend Jay (who I LOVE) as well as other friends, family, classmates and even the townspeople without feeling like it was cluttered with complicated characters. They weren't main focuses and we didn't get a background on them, but just them being there with their unique personalities added to the story. I loved that we even got peeks into the killers head (or is it heads? No spoilers here! Read it yourself to find out!). The love story that was weaved in was perfect! I think most any girl or woman can understand that relationship and the confusion that comes with it.
My concern with this book before I read it was that it might not be something I'd encourage my sisters to read because of the serial killer aspect. But no, I think that girls should read it for that. So many girls need to be reminded to be aware of strangers and this story is one that will do that job perfectly! It was done in a way that wasn't too scary (I did read Anita Blake before this one and that is scary, so maybe it's more scary to others) but still scary enough to catch your breath and read really fast to make sure everything turns out okay.
I don't really have any negative things to say about this book. I think it was done beautifully and I can't wait to read the next one!
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.
Check out the Trailer on Kimberly Dertings webpage here. And if you want to buy it: