Friday, February 20, 2015

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Body Finder

Author: Kimberly Derting

Published: HarperCollins Children's Books, 2010

Pages: 327

Series: Book 1, The Body Finder

Summary: 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.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have had this book sitting on my shelf for the longest time.  In fact, I actually have the entire series sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.  So, I finally picked this one up.  The reason I wanted to read it in the first place is that it sounded along a similar vein to Clarity by Kim Harrington which I absolutely loved.

I was a little bit apprehensive about reading The Body Finder because these days I'm really not feeling the YA scene lately, but I thought I would give it a go.  Thankfully, there isn't a love triangle in this book, but I still feel like the romance aspect was very much in the YA category and it just bothered me a bit.

While there is a murderer on the loose, the focus seems to be more on Violet's love life and her high school life, which I just wasn't that excited to read about.  I wanted the mystery aspect and I just felt like the mystery was there as a sort of background element.

Violet's gift is really interesting but I felt like it wasn't explored in great detail.  

I feel as though The Body Finder was interesting but at the same time, if I had read this a couple of years ago, I would have probably enjoyed it a bit more.   At this point, I'm not entirely sure if I want to continue on with the series as I feel like there are going to be a lot better murder mystery series that I can read instead.

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