The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Release Date: March 1, 2010
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 327
Source: Publisher
Interest: Debut Author
Challenge: 2010 Debut Author Challenge

A serial killer on the loose. A girl with a morbid ability. And the boy who would never let anything happen to her.

Violet Ambrose can find the dead. Or at least, those who have been murdered. She can sense the echoes they leave behind… and the imprints they leave on their killers. As if that weren’t enough to deal with during junior year, she also has a sudden, inexplicable, and consuming crush on her best friend since childhood, Jay Heaton.

Now a serial killer has begun terrorizing Violet’s small town… and she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

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Another great debut to add to the list!

The Body Finder is one of those can’t flip the pages fast enough novels. And the point of view chapters from the serial killer added a creep factor like no other ya novel I’ve read! It was enough to make afraid to be out alone at night…!

I loved the relationship between Jay and Violet. It’s so very obvious that they both have feelings for each other and watching their relationship progress was probably my most favorite aspect of the novel. It really balances out that whole creepy serial killer part.

The Body Finder is just an outstanding read, I can’t think of anything that I didn’t like. The writing was simplistic, easy to read and entertaining. The characters were realistic and intriguing, and I especially loved the duo of Jay and Violet. The plot was engaging… mysterious and managed to throw in a few plot twists in there I never anticipated.

Bottom line… I am a FAN!

Looking forward to seeing where Derting takes us in the next installment.