The Body Finder
By Kimberly Derting
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 – 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 apparently have some morbid curiosity of my own with books about the dead and people being killed. My 14 year old son tells me that all the time and wonders why I can’t seem to read anything nice. What can I say though these things fascinate me! I enjoy them more when there is a great love story involved too – and of course there is in The Body Finder as well! Violet is a fun young girl that doesn’t think she is very pretty but just average. She isn’t the most popular girl in school but she does have plenty of great friends; one of them being Jay who she has been friend with since 1st grade. The romantic tension between these two is fun to watch and see how it will all turn out. You begin to wonder who will make the first move because they obviously both love each other.
Of course the other story here is about Violet’s unique ability to find dead bodies – both human and animal. She hasn’t found a human body in nearly 8 years so it is unnerving and surprising to her when she does while out with friends one summer day. Her best friend Jay, her parents, and her uncle are the only ones that know about Violet’s ability. She does her best to hide it from others. She is torn in the story about trying to stay anonymous and helping find a killer. But when the killer strikes close to home she knows she has to do her part before more of her friends get killed. She finds herself in the killer’s path along the way.
Great suspense. The writing isn’t the most profound work I have read; however, the story is great. There are a few swear words in the book so I can’t give it a clean rating. I will give it 3 stars though and recommend it as great, intriguing read.