About five minutes ago, I finished reading The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. Holy crap on a cracker, is that an awesome book! I was completely engrossed in the story, so much so that, earlier this evening, when I couldn’t get in touch with my parents, I was sure that something nefarious had happened to them. (You may have noticed that I get a little too involved in the books I’m reading.) Paranoia aside, The Body Finder is definitely a page-turner that you will not want to put down.
Violet Ambrose has a “gift.” Well, some would consider her ability a gift. She thinks of it as a curse. When Violet was young, she discovered she had the power to find beings that had been murdered. These beings, whether animal or human, left an echo behind. It may be a sound, a smell, or even a taste, but these sensory perceptions could always lead Violet to whatever had been killed. An imprint of this echo was also attached to the killer. Many times these imprints were attached to animals, but sometimes Violet sensed imprints on people around her. Did these people kill during war? Did they hunt animals in the local woods? Or did they do something more sinister?
When young girls begin disappearing in Violet’s small community, and Violet is led by her “gift” to one of the bodies, she knows that she can use her abilities to potentially stop a serial killer. Yes, it will be dangerous. Yes, she could end up a victim herself, but Violet is determined that she must do something to help stop this madman.
As if dealing with a possible serial killer isn’t enough, Violet is also facing some rather uncomfortable new feelings for her best friend, Jay. He’s always been “just a friend,” but Violet wants more. She just doesn’t know if Jay wants the same thing, and she doesn’t want to lose her best friend in the world. Jay also knows about Violet’s abilities, and her determination to assist in the investigation puts yet another strain on their changing friendship. What’s a girl to do?
Join Violet as she navigates the harsh world of first loves, mysterious abilities, and a killer on the loose when you read The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. Find out if it’s possible for a teenager to stop a killer before she becomes his next victim.
If you like Lisa McMann’s Wake series, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, or even Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott, I think you may find another winner in The Body Finder. While most of the book is from Violet’s point of view, there are some glimpses into the mind of a predator. It’s not always easy to read (especially at night when you’re alone), but it definitely adds to the story.
For more information on author Kimberly Derting, The Body Finder, or the upcoming sequel, Desires of the Dead, visit http://www.kimberlyderting.com/.