The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Pub Date: March 16, 2010
Author Website/Blog: http://kimberlyderting.blogspot.com/
Synopsis: 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 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 dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him. Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope 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.
I really wish I could just say this and finish the review. This is the girl Susie Salmon needed 30 years ago. Granted, it took me a while to get into the book, because Im not the worlds biggest fan of third person, but I still loved the book. It had an incredible cliff hanger, that to be honest, I had to go back and reread to help figure out a lot of the ending. This was a great story, with a hidden mystery that no one expects. No one knows it is there. Granted, tehre are several parts that had me rolling my eyes at the obviousness, yet I forgave the book. Because well teh actual story line was soooo much better. The characters feel real, like they are sitting right next to you. Again, a captivating book taht I couldnt let out of my hands. Enjoy it, dont question it, and just go with it :)
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