Friday, March 5, 2010

Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting


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.

Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 336
Release Date: March 16, 2010

Originality: 20/20
Characters: 15/15
Writing: 10/10
Voice: 10/10
Ending: 9/10
Entertainment: 10/10
Cover: 9/10
Recommendation: 10/10

Total: 98/100 = A


Wow.  The Body Finder is a wonderful debut novel.  Right when I first started reading, I was hooked.  I needed to know what was going to happen to Violet.  Derting creates a new ability that I've never read a book about before.  It was very refreshing and original, because nowadays it seems like all supernatural books deal with the same things, over and over.  

Violet and Jay were wonderful characters.  They dealt with things in ways that my friends and I probably would too, had we been in some of the situations they had been in.  Derting's writing was also very good, it hooked me from the beginning to the end.  I think I read this book in two days... and it was only that long because it was during the school year, so I couldn't just take a day to read it.

All in all, I can't wait to read more by Derting.  She's a wonderful debut author, and I highly recommend this book to you.  I know I'll be going out to buy my own copy of it on the sixteenth when it's released. :]



Liviania said...

I can't wait to read this one! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it.

Ashley said...

I can't wait either!!! Sounds so great!

Anonymous said...

I'm really looking forward to this one. March has so many amazing books coming out!