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