From School Library Journal
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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“The romance and the mystery in THE BODY FINDER were so intense that I didn’t know whether to hold my breath or scream. I did know I wouldn’t be getting anything done until I read the whole book.” (Melissa Marr, author of WICKED LOVELY)
“You’ll be drawn in by the love storyand kept up all night by the suspense.” (Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Stargazer)
“Firsttime novelist Derting has written a suspenseful mystery and sensual love story that will captivate readers who enjoy authentic highschool settings, snappy dialogue, sweet romance, and heartstopping drama. A real pageturner, this will have readers checking behind themselves and refusing to go anywhere alone.” (Booklist)
“Derting’s first novel demonstrates unusual skill in weaving together contemporary teenage preoccupations with its paranormal plot twist. … A strong debut from a promising author.” (Publishers Weekly)
“…several twists and turns keep the pages flipping.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))