Book Review: The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by 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 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.

Release Date: March 16, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Library

I've been hearing great things about The Body Finder for years now and was excited to see that my library had an eBook available.  While I've read many positive reviews on the book, I never really read the summary or even knew exactly what the book was about, so I went into the book without a lot of expectations.

My favorite thing about The Body Finder was the sweet, sweet relationship between Violet and Jay.  They were so cute together!  Their transition from best friends to something more was so well done.  The tension was palpable, and I loved the back-and-forth between them.

What I didn't like about The Body Finder was how young the writing felt.  This almost felt like a middle grade book to me.  The plot was predictable, which was another negative for me.  But what bothered me the most were Violet's dumb decisions, which continually put herself in danger.  I wanted to smack that girl upside the head a few times!

I will keep reading the series, and will pick up the next book when I need a light, easy read.


  1. This series has been on my list for awhile. I read Derting's other book and liked it, so I'm interested in this one. That kind of character bothers me too, so we'll see :)

  2. Not sure if I wanna read this one anymore. I don't really like light reading... But I'm going to read other reviews first. Thatnks for yours. :)

  3. Glad you liked it. I enjoyed it but I'm not overly anxious to read the third and final book.

  4. Haha, Violet did make some poor choices! But hey, I think I kept reading for Jay - he is one awesome literary boyfriend!


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