Series: The Body Finder #1
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: March 16th, 2010
Genres: crime, fiction, paranormal, suspense
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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.
The Body Finder was an interesting read. I was rather intrigued by the premise of the book – a girl who could ‘sense’ death and the dead. That part of the book certainly didn’t disappoint.
I really enjoyed the fact that whilst there was a romantic element to the book, it wasn’t the main focus of the plot, as much as Violet did find herself distracted by her growing feelings for Jay. (Note: not a spoiler, it’s in the blurb.) It served nicely as a sub-plot to alleviate the heaviness of the overall plot.
There were several times during reading this that I really wanted to strangle Violet for being an idiot. Mostly because she’d get caught up in following either a smell or taste or sound and wind up far from anyone without any way to communicate were she was and did in fact wind up having several very close calls. It’s one of my pet peeves in these sorts of books. I’ll forgive one time, but if you haven’t learnt after that then you are just being an idiot.
In any case, the whole body finding thing was very interesting and I enjoyed the way that Kimberly Derting wrote that part of the plot. The fact that it could be a sound, a smell, a feeling, and that for each death/killer it was a unique scent was really interesting. I also found it interesting that she was able to sense animal deaths (and hunter like her poor cat) as well as human.
There are a couple of parts of the plot that you can see coming from 10 miles away, but it was definitely an interesting story nonetheless.
All in all a good read I will probably read the others in the series but I’m not itching to read them like I have been with other series. If you are looking for a lightly paranormal suspense then this would be a great place to start.