Saturday, August 11, 2012

Review of The Body Finder

The Body Finder
Kimberly Derting
Harper Teen Publishers

Summary (goodreads):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

Review:  I found this book to be a great mix of mystery and suspence with just the right amount of romance for the young adult. I usually read adult mysteries this was my first YA mystery and I can say I am hooked. The origanal polt and the twist and turns on every page kept me wanting to find out what is next, and guessing who the killer was.
The characters were well written and likable. Violet's determination and willfulness reminded me of when I her age and I can see the same traits in my daughter now. Violet's relationship with Jay was sweet and  realistic for me. I hope my daughter meets a nice guy like him.
The last thing I loved about this book was the POV. Mostly this was Violet's story but the flashes of the killers point of view gave the story the creepyfeel like you were there with him in his hunt for the next victim and really gets your pulse pounding. This was a great book and I am looking forward to reading the second and third in the series.

 Four and a half stars out of five.

1 comment:

  1. Great Review!

    I also loved the POV in the book.
    And the mystery and Violet's abilities were very intriguing.

    Magen Corrie