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The Body Finder [Kindle Edition]

Kimberly Derting
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.



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Grade 9 Up—This story begins with an intriguing and promising premise: violent deaths leave a unique imprint on the victim and the killer, and Violet Ambrose can sense them. Add in the facts that her uncle is the local police chief and that a serial killer is on the loose, and you have the makings for an exciting suspense/horror novel. Unfortunately, The Body Finder never lives up to its potential. Instead, most of the book deals with the relationship between Violet and her lifelong best buddy, Jay, who has suddenly blossomed into the junior-class hottie. Does he know that she is attracted to him? Does he feel the same about her? Is he really oblivious to all of the girls throwing themselves at him? Could they, should they, will they be more than friends? These questions are mulled over ad nauseam. And when they are finally answered, the writing devolves into near-bodice-ripper style. "She surrendered to the onslaught of his deep, fervent kisses..."; "She heard herself moan and could feel the throbbing of her own pulse flickering hotly through her veins." There is a mystery and some suspense here, but the compelling scenes are too few and far between to redeem the book. Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen, 2007) and Rachel Vincent's My Soul to Take (Harlequin, 2009) are much better choices.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA
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Review

“You’ll be drawn in by the love story—and kept up all night by the suspense.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0755378954
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (March 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003A7I2J6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I was fortunate enough to win an ARC of The Body Finder through a
giveaway that Kimberly Derting held on her blog earlier this year, and I had no idea just how fortunate I was until I read it. This book raised the hair on the back of my neck one chapter (there was a point while reading this book where I audibly gasped), then sent my pulse racing the next. If you're looking for a scary and sexy read, consider it found.

I typically loath reading books with chapters written from the perspective of serial killers, but in this case I'm actually glad I didn't know that there were serial killer POV chapters in The Body Finder as I probably wouldn't have read it. Don't let that fact frighten you off. Kimberly Derting does a wonderful job of providing readers with just enough insight in to the mind of a monster without forcing an unwanted intimacy with his depravity. This glimpse added to the trepidation and real dread felt throughout the story.

I also really appreciated the well crafted balance between Violet's very realistic feelings for Jay (who I just loved! He was the kind of best friend/crush that every girl should get to have), and the equally real threat of a killer in this story. Had more emphasis been given to either one it would have greatly diminished the impact of the other. As it is, the aspects of love and death in this story serve to bolster the realism of both in a truly beautiful way.

Go read this book. The love story here is tender and sweet, the threat pulse-pounding and terrifying, and the supernatural elements utterly believable. The Body Finder surprised me in the best possible way; it didn't exceed my expectations, it shattered them. The sequel, Desires of the Dead, is due out in 2011.

Sexual Content: Kissing, a scene of mild sensuality, references to a sex act, references to homosexuality, implied sexual assault/rape.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too March 17, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Gold Star Award Winner!

Bear with me for a moment as I gush fanatically about how much I loved THE BODY FINDER like some crazed Twilighter who has just caught a glimpse of Robert Pattinson. I loved this book. Absolutely, totally, completely loved it. I want to, as I used to say when I was seven, marry this book. If I could, I would erase it from my memory and go back and read it all over again, just to experience it anew. And, right this minute, I would gladly give up either of my children to have another book featuring Violet and Jay to read right...this...minute.

Okay, end of maniacal gushing about how awesome this book is.

THE BODY FINDER has to be one of the most unique YA books I've ever read. It deals with a serial killer, which I've never run across before in a book marketed to teens and young adults. Since reading about serial killers is one of my favorite pastimes (no cruel jokes about my tormented psyche here, please), I knew before I even began reading the story that it was probably going to be great.

It also deals with a teen who can sense death. A sound, a smell, a feeling, a presence - somehow, ever since she was little, Violet Ambrose could find things that had died. It started out as finding dead animals, but one particularly horrifying experience at age eight had Violet discovering the body of a young girl. So far, Violet has never been overly-traumatized by her special ability. She has the full support and understanding of both her parents and her best friend, Jay Heaton, so she's never had to deal with this talent all alone.

This year, though, things are about to change.

First, she's having some definitely non-friendly feelings towards Jay.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Plot Summary: Violet Ambrose inherited a rare family gift - she can sense dead bodies, whether human or animal. As an eight-year-old girl, she discovered the body of a murdered child in the forest, and at the age of 16 she finds another victim. With a serial killer on the loose, Violet is determined to use her ability to track him down, and she needs help from her long-time best friend, Jay Heaton. Only things have been strange with Jay lately, because Violet finds herself attracted to her friend, along with every other girl at school.

Before a mob with torches and pitchforks shows up on my front lawn, I want to state upfront that I thought The Body Finder was pretty good, but no, I'm not in the camp that thinks this is a five-star book (I'm thinking 3.5 stars). Please consider this an opinion from the minority. Kimberly Derting has written a solid young adult thriller, and I'm super impressed that this is her debut. The Body Finder is like `serial killer lite.' It's a watered-down version of the adult thrillers that I enjoy, and I think it's wholly appropriate for teen readers.

I had a few "Twilight" flashbacks while reading this book. There was the porcelain-skinned heroine tramping (and tripping) through the soggy forests of the Pacific Northwest, lots of high school scenes, and a lurking menace. However this time, it's the heroine who gets the special ability, which enables her to find dead bodies. Don't get me wrong, Violet is no Bella, but there are just enough similarities to make me think that Twilight fans could really like this book.

The reason I'm not raving is because the story lacked sophistication.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling!
I really enjoyed this book. Was an easy read. Keep me on the edge of my seat. Look forward to reading the next one!!!!
Published 24 days ago by Denise Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars The book was kind pretty predictable and bland
I was honestly expecting more. I originally read this book because I heard it took place in my hometown and I was curious to see how the author portrayed it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tana
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great characters! I loved the mix of romance and suspense
Published 2 months ago by Shelby Evans
2.0 out of 5 stars Reader for teenagers
This is a good book for young people. The characters are high schoolers, but I had a strange desire to read to the end.which was very predictable.
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Dangerous
I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I do now. I am practically dying for the sequel to be in my hands at this very moment. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reese's
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a keeper so go find one
I liked how this one wasn't focused on the paranormal creatures like alot are lately. It has a different take on ones "special abilities" I liked the fact that Violet could... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bookaholics Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, fun, light read with a fun paranormal twist
I read this on a recommendation knowing it would be similar to another book I liked, "Slide" by Jill Hathaway. Read more
Published 3 months ago by crumbworks
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the concept of this story
I loved this book.. I like concept of this story. It's nothing like I've read before I like the different pov it makes it more suspenseful. Can't wait for the next one
Published 3 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it - good, clean teen read
I liked this one a lot. I did figure out the whodunit but I am an adult reading YA so I fully expected to be able to nail down the culprit. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SFC
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a creepy, suspenseful, romantic read. A great mix of...
This was a creepy, suspenseful, romantic read. A great mix of mystery, romance and fantasy.

Most of the book is told from Violet’s point of view. Read more
Published 4 months ago by toobusyreading
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Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, and THE TAKING series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.

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