Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

HarperCollins(March 16,2010)
Yes, this is book one.
I purchased this book.
Rating: 4/5

GoodReads Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: I'm pretty positive that I'm the last person on earth to read The Body Finder. I decided one night that I was in a horror-ific mood and I've heard that this bad boy is full of creepy.

I would definitely say "disturbing" is an appropriate word for this book. Throughout the entire novel, my discomfort level rose and rose and rose. The abductions were cringeworthy and the fact that Derting writes not only from Violet's point of view, but also throws in the inner workings of a serial killer? FREAK ME THE EFF OUT. But also added to the overall quality (and dread) of the novel.

And then there's Violet. GIRL, WAKE UP! It was so blatantly obvious to everyone but her that Jay was in lahve with her. Guys don't just hold your hand and snuggle with you and gently brush your hair from your face if they aren't crushing hard on you. Despite her complete lack of awareness for her romantic surroundings, I did like Violet quite a bit. She's a smart, brave girl and I cannot even imagine having the ability she does. And even though she is ridiculous for not figuring it out earlier, she and Jay's slow build was quite steamy. I do appreciate the steam. OH YES. I especially liked it when his protective side came out. You guys, don't dog me for this, but I love the take-charge kind of guy. I know everyone hates on the dominant male type, but that is one of my biggest guilty pleasures in fiction. (Notice I said in fiction. In real life it'd get pretty annoying.) LOVE IT.

I thought I had the killer pegged from the beginning. I was totally wrong. YES! I friggin' love being wrong about books! It's like Christmas morning and getting a bunch of awesome crap that you didn't even know you wanted. BUT YOU SURE AS HECK WANT IT. Derting is fabulous at playing up the suspense and intrigue and keeping readers guessing. The end came abruptly and for a minute, she totally had me thinking that the absolute worst had happened. You guys, I'm SO stupidly sensitive, so I had my tears welled up and I was ready to have a good old-fashioned sobfest when Kim pulled a fast one on me. KIM, YOU ARE A SLY ONE.

The Body Finder definitely takes the cake on being a legitimately sexy, fun YA thriller with a constant sense of impending doom. I really enjoyed it.

So uh, who can I bribe to give me Desires of the Dead? Just kidding! I'll be buying book two when it comes out next week, February 15, 2011! Oh, you should, too.


  1. Awesome review, Jen! I loved this book for the same reasons. The build up between Violet & Jay was so, so sweet - yet SO SO HOT too!! ;-) And omg.. the chapters told from the creepster's point of view.. aaaahhhh! There should be a warning: don't read this book alone, at night, while a raging storm is going on outside!

  2. I think you've convinced me to read this book...I'm in serious need of some horror. =) (So no, you're not the last person to read it, either!) Thanks for the review!

  3. I have not read it either. I had no idea that it was a creepy dark book, and I am excited about that. I will have to check it out. Thanks!

  4. If I make it to the library today, I'm picking this up. I've checked it out at least twice and still haven't read it. Plus since book #2 is coming out in a couple of weeks I think it's time.

  5. I love being wrong too! (About books, not anything else). Srsly.

    Also, I haven't read The Body Finder yet either, I should though as Harper Teen sent me a random copy of Desires of the Dead.

    That and your review made me think, hey self, I might really like Body Finder.

  6. Great review. I haven't read it yet, it's on my kindle, I just have to get around to reading it. It sounds like a great story.

  7. Kim Derting is one of my favorite authors and Jay is so swoon worthy. Desires of the Dead is amazing!

  8. Ha! I just finished reading this one this morning! I, too, am giving it a 4/5. I won't read your review until I'm written mine (to avoid any influence). I'll come back when I'm done. I thought there would have been a cliffhanger of some sort but there wasn't. So I'm wondering what Desires of the Dead will bring....

  9. Great review Jen! I loved this book too and for almost all the same reasons too. I loved Jay and Violet and cannot wait for next week. Happy Reading!

  10. What an awesome review!

    I found you on the twitter and had to stop by and check out your blog. I have to say, I've never even heard of this book, but you're writing was too hard to get away from. I've been struggling for years now, trying to figure out what my reviews were lacking, and after reading this, I've got it figured out. Personality!!! Your review is so FULL of it! Amazing. I'll be back for more!

  11. You are not the last person.. I am! I just picked this up at Books a Million.

    Great review!

    New follower. Nice blog. :)

  12. Well, I guess now I am the last person on Earth who hasn't read this! However, your review makes me want to join the masses :) I love thrillers, and I don't mind disturbing at all, so thanks!

  13. I've had this one on my TBR pile for some time and keep hearing it's a fantastic read. I hope to be able to bump it up soon!