The Body Finder 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.
It's as simple as this: I adored The Body Finder! Seriously, The Body Finder was exactly my cup of tea because of the fact that it contained romance, a serial killer murder mystery, kick butt main characters (*cough*Jay*cough*), and paranormal elements.

Violet was a likable character because of the fact that she was just normal teen facing the normal teen struggles expect for the fact that she could sense were dead bodies and killers were. It was interesting to learn more about her ability and see how it could solve the serial killer murder mystery. Further more, I loved Jay because in all seriousness I want my own Jay!! Since, he was sweet, trustworthy, defensive of his loved ones, hot and just an all around great guy. Further more, I liked how Jay and Violet were really great friends before they started anything romantic because it gave them a better sense of realness unlike in some books where two characters hook up without really knowing anything about the other.

One of my favorite aspects of this novel was how the story just pulled you in from the start and didn't let you go until the end because of all the drama and suspense that surrounded the whole plot. Plus, Kimberly just added  to this with her great writing.

In all, The Body Finder is a great addition to all the other fabulous releases coming out in March (Forget-Her-Nots, Hex Hall, The Snowball Effect, exc.).  I look forward to reading the next in the series, Desires of the Dead, even though I'm a just a tiny bit upset that I have to wait till 2011 to get my hands on a copy.
Grade: A+
The Body Finder will be released March 16, 2010!
Source: 1 ARC Tours


  1. Great review! I know what book I'll be buying next. ;) It sounds sooo good!

  2. Wonderful review! I can't wait to get this one! =)

  3. I want to read this so bad! im even hosting a contest for it!
    great review

  4. GREAT review! I can't wait to read this one,m I've heard so much great stuff about it!

  5. Romance, murder mystery and paranormal elements... I'm liking the sound of this one!

    My bookshelves are not going to thank you for all these great recommendations. But I will! ;)

  6. Murder mystery and romance! Sounds wicked awesome! Great review Lauren! Can't wait for this one :)

  7. I've heard such amazing things about Jay. I for one am super excited to read this book. I've been wanting to read a mystery suspense kind of novel for a while now.

  8. Great review! I am looking forward to reading this one :)

  9. I'm reading this in the next couple days. I've read the prologue and loved it and can't wait to read more. Great review!

  10. Awesome review! I can't wait to read this :)

  11. I am so excited to read this book--thank you so much for the awesome review to let me know I won't be disappointed. Counting down the days till it's release....

  12. Awesome review. I loved this book, too.


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