Book Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Body Finder (The Body Finder#1 Series)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Pages: 327
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 0061779814

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.


Violet can sense the dead, a gift that is very unique but haunting. Not only can Violet “hear” the dead but she can also remember their echoes especially if they have died prematurely or before their years. The Body Finder is a combination of different elements – paranormal, romance and serial/murder mystery – but the impression it left me is that it’s heavily on the romance side.

It started off by giving us a view of Violet’s life, it slowly shows us of how was it growing up and how is it today as she continuesly cope with her gift. Her gift is hereditary, she was not the first to have experienced what she is going through but somehow her experience is more compared to her relatives. For a serial book, it was heavily leaning towards Jay and Violet, on the romance side and most of part of the book it was not as enjoyable as it should be. I mean, I get it – Violet likes Jay and Jay the same – but to repeat the angle over and over again in each chapter most chapter  is nerve racking. Oh the drama. I get the picture, move on!  I felt that the serial killer angle was just added but not the main theme – but that’s not really the case since it should be the other way around right?

I felt that the story build up was slow and then when it came to the near end, everything was quickly finished with a big bright red bow. It was too perfect, to quick and to flat – the momentum of the story goes up, plateuas, and then goes up again and eventually plummets down fast. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the book, it was actually a fast read – enjoyable as it should be but the execution of the story was all over which makes reading it not as I expected it. Bottom line is – The Body Finder was an okay read but it didn’t deliver enough for me to go gaga over it. It’s interesting enough for me to read the next book and I definitely hope things would go up from there. Stays at 2 stars on my list.


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