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The Body Finder
The Body Finder
The Body Finder
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The Body Finder

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



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The first book in the Body Finder series from Kimberly Derting is equal parts romance and mystery.

Sixteen-year-old Violet is hiding two secrets. The first is her confusing new feelings for her childhood best friend Jay. The second is her unusual ability to sense the dead...and the people who killed them. Violet has never considered her morbid ability to be a gift, but when a serial killer begins terrorizing her small town, Violet realizes she may be the only person who can stop him.

Ever protective of her, Jay agrees to help Violet, and as they search, Violet realizes she isn’t the only one whose emotions have changed. But as they fall in love, Violet is also getting closer and closer to discovering the killer...and becoming his prey herself.

The Body Finder is the compulsive first book in the four-book Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting.

Editor's Note

A heady mixture…

A serial killer, a dreaded paranormal power, and the drama of prom make for a heady mix in Kimberly Derting’s debut. The romantic tension and search for the killer will keep you feverishly flipping pages.

Release dateMar 16, 2010
The Body Finder

Kimberly Derting

Kimberly Derting is the author of the Cece Loves Science series, the Body Finder series, the Pledge trilogy, and the Taking series. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark and creepy. Her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children serve as an endless source of inspiration and frequently find things they say buried in the pages of their mother’s books. You can visit her online at www.kimberlyderting.com.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I couldn't stop once I started I read this all at once. I was completely drawn in by the story!
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    The Body Finder was an interesting read. Sixteen year old Violet Ambrose has the ability to detect dead bodies as well as people or animals that have recently killed someone. In this first installment in the series Violet helps her uncle, Chief of Police, Stephen Ambrose with the investigation into the disappearances and deaths of several local girls. Although I enjoyed the book it was a bit heavy on the romance at times. Overall though I though is was a good start to the series and look forward to reading the next installment
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    I’ve had my eye on The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting for a while now, and after reading this first book in the series I can safely say I enjoyed it and look forward to adding the other books to my reading pile. This is a debut novel that is a bit rough around the edges, but there is enough good stuff here to make me want to see what happens next.I love suspense/thrillers, so when I saw a book with a heroine who could “find” the bodies of those who have been murdered I was excited to give it a try. The mystery turned out to be the strongest part of the book so that was a relief. With some of the chapters told from the killer’s point of view, there was a nice sense of menace overlaying parts of the story and providing an ominous feel whenever the body of another teenage girl was discovered. What tended to drag things down a bit were the personal issues Violet was facing as she realized her true feelings for her best friend, Jay.Violet’s ability to sense the dead – and not just any dead, but those who were murdered – is a cool but tragic ability, and I liked the way Derting presented it. Starting with the introduction of Violet as a child finding her first body, the information about her ability was spread nicely through the story and never felt like a lecture. Obviously Derting put a lot of thought into how Violet’s ability worked and the way she had coped with it through the years. This aspect of Violet is one of the reasons I want to see what happens next with her, as her ability leads her to other crimes and victims that could turn into some intriguing mysteries.Outside her ability, however, Violet felt like a wildly inconsistent character to me – almost like Derting didn’t quite have a handle on her yet. She spent way too much time fighting her feelings for Jay, trying to ignore how friendship had turned to love over the years. When she finally does face things and they become a couple, he has no problem holding hands in public and yelling out to the world that they are together, while she continues to be uncomfortable with the situation. There were times she would say she wanted to feel safe, and then I’d turn the page and she was fretting about her freedom being curtailed. The worst though is a confrontation with the killer at the end of the story that almost tips Violet into TSTL (too stupid to live) territory. I won’t say what happens so as to avoid spoilers but I was NOT happy with her choice. She definitely had some handicaps she was working with, but any other option would have been preferable. At other times, however, Violet is reasonable, thinks things through, and makes good choices – such as telling her uncle, the sheriff, the minute she realizes the killer is nearby. Even though she is scared she wants to help find the killer, so she is brave. At points I liked her a lot, and at others I wanted to smack her. Overall, the good moments ended up outweighing the bad (even though it probably doesn’t seem like it after this), so she turned out to be a character I don’t mind meeting again – I’m just hoping for more consistency next time.Jay, on the other hand, was consistent from the start. I liked him tremendously, which is probably why I wanted to smack Violet (sorry for the violence) at times for not recognizing what she had in front of her. Confident in himself and in his love for Violet, Jay was an easy character to like. He was supportive and protective (deeply protective) of Violet, even when he didn’t agree with her proposals. He was willing to voice his concerns when necessary, but if he couldn’t talk her out of something he did his best to make sure she was safe. When he stumbled upon the confrontation between Violet and the killer, he was smart enough to know there was a problem, that something was off with the whole situation, and then stepped in to try to save Violet. This is a boyfriend any girl would be thrilled to have.The serial killer portion of the story was filled with twists and turns, and the internal monologue of the killer was rather unnerving. Seeing how quickly he could gain a young girl’s trust was rather frightening and felt all too real. The unexpected revelations that come in the last third of the book regarding the killer felt a bit out of left field (there were no hints I could see leading up to it), but they were plausible and explained a lot of things. My only wish was that there had been more of the mystery mixed into the story. As Violet struggled with her feelings for Jay and hung out with her friends, I found myself wanting to get back to the mystery. I think if the mystery and romance parts of the story had struck a better balance, this book would have gripped me a lot stronger than it did. While some authors strike story pacing out of the park in their debuts, others need a book or two before they get that perfect rhythm. For me, Derting falls into the latter category. The mystery was nice and tight while the romance was a bit bloated. As the mystery became more prominent later in the book and the threat to Violet became more apparent, the pace picked up and I found it a much more entertaining read.Kimberly Derting’s debut novel The Body Finder has a lot of rough edges in regards to character and pacing, but with the heroine’s cool ability to sense the bodies of those who have been murdered, an unnerving serial killer, and a boyfriend to die for there is enough here to intrigue readers and leave them wanting more.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    I'd give this a 4.5 if I had the option (but 4 since I don't). Writing's Good. Story's great.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    One of the hard decision was how to tag this book. Main character has a weird psychic ability that helps her find dead people and there is a killer on a loose so there is a mystery element also. But in the end, I decided for contemporary romance, because my favorite part of the book was a love story between main characters Violet and Jay. It was so cute and sweet. It reminded me of a time when I was young girl and so clueless. :)
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
    4 Stars

    Violet Ambrose can see, hear, smell, and even taste an imprint left by a dead animal or person as well as the matching imprint carried by the individual responsible for that animal or person's death. She lives in a small town, where teenage girls suddenly begin disappearing. Violet stumbles across one of their bodies and becomes involved in the search for the killer whom only she can identify.

    This is a great debut novel.
    The plot elements are unique and engrossing. The characterization is excellent, especially the relationship between Violet and her best friend, Jay. My one small quibble is the lack of tension and build up of suspense toward the end, but this does not detract from the overall reading experience.
    recommendation: a must read for YA fans.