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The Body Finder Paperback – February 15, 2011
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“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))
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this book so much I read it in 2 days. I couldn't put it down!Published 19 days ago by Angie Butler
This book probably deserved 3.5 stars but I gave it four because it was a nice story that had me on edge towards the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ninaluvzbooks
From beginning to end, this book was fantastic! I wasn't even finished with the first book before I bought the rest of the series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Book Hangover Lovers
This book is predictable but it is still a decent book. The really cool thing about it is that it has bits of the killer's perspective during the chapters. Decent writing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Caroline
The bkurb seemed so promising. Sigh. There's a lot not to love with this one. Tons of needless repetion, strange character developments, date rape excusing, and senseless villain... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book has all the trappings of a good murder mystery. Violet is a brave girl with an amazing ability, Jay is the kind of guy all the girls get light headed over, and the killer... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shally B
Absolutely phenomenal! I couldn't put it down. By far the best young adult novel in existence. Im obsessed with this book! Do yourself a huge favor- read it!Published 5 months ago by nancy roberts
Easy read, predictable yet exciting, can put it down and pick it up.Published 5 months ago by susan stevens
Really good story line and suspense. Also I would marry Jay in a heartbeat if he were real 😍😩😭 we chose this book for my book club and I'm excited to talk about itPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer