Author: Kimberly Derting
Publication Date: 11th November 2010
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.
At first when I heard about The Body Finder, I wasn't hugely excited, I thought it would just be another paranormal romance-y kind of book. But since then, I've read tons of amazing reviews and I'm convinced fellow UK blogger Leanna's whole life revolves around this book and Jay. LOL. So it was soon top of my wish-list and one of my most anticipated reads of 2010. I jumped at the chance to review it for Headline Publishing and I'm SO glad they sent it to me because I totally devoured it..
Violet Ambrose is drawn to dead bodies. Ever since she was little and found the body of a teenage girl in the woods near her home, she has noticed that she has the ability to discover dead bodies; it's mostly just mice and other small animals though. There is a special 'imprint' on each dead body, which is what 'calls her' to the body. It's different all the time, through colours, sounds and even smells. Violet has learnt to live with her unusual ability though, even though it sounds so odd, but when a serial killer starts murdering young girls across the town, Violet knows she has to do something. Especially when it seems like she's going to be his next victim.
The plot was fresh and original, and even though Violet's ability was an important part of the story, it's isn't overly-played and displays the right amount of significance.
Derting's writing runs at the perfect pace. I thought the parts from the killer's perspective were creepy and really added an sinister edge to the story; it was very interesting to read about what was going on inside his head, chilling, but nonetheless very interesting!
Violet was such an amazing, likable character. My favourite part of the book was definitely the relationship between Violet and her best friend Jay. What made it work so well was how unique their connection was. Jay isn't the shady bad boy-slash-vampire/werewolf/whatever we keep reading about nowadays, but has been Violet's best friend since they were just six years-old. Aw! They know each other more than anybody else and it was the most the natural thing in the world to watch them develop and understand their feelings for each other..aw! I remember when Violet was confused with these weird thoughts she kept having about Jay and they both started dating two different people to distract themselves from what was right in front of them and all the time I just wanted them to tell the other what was going on inside their head!!! Jay is incredibly sweet and so protective of Violet..this review should just be one big AWW! Violet is smart, caring and I love how much she tries to live with the gift/curse she has, always thinking of others!
The Body Finder is suspenseful, thrilling and a definite page-tuner with an awesome female protagonist from an amazing debut author. Have this on your TBR? Move it straight to the top because you don't know what you're missing! It's fantastic to read as a stand-alone novel, but I'm mega-excited for the sequel, Desires of the Dead, to be published in March 2011.