The Body Finder

The Body Finder

The Body Finder

by Kimberly Derting

Genre: YA Mystery, YA Romance
Published: March 16th 2010
by HarperCollins




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 that 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 the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.


The Body Finder is a quick and entertaining read, but it is quite simple and not nearly intellectually simulating enough for my liking.

The story follows Violet, a 16-year-old who has the power to sense the bodies of those who have been murdered. When a serial killer begins kidnapping and murdering girls in her town, Violet must use her abilities to scout out the culprit…before it becomes too late.

Unfortunately, however, the majority of the story does not focus on Violet using her powers to solve the mystery of the murderer. Rather, it becomes the stereotypical story of a teenager suddenly realizing she has feelings for her best friend, Jay.

The romance overpowered the murder mystery, making what could have been a horrifying and deadly scenario seem almost a bit light and juvenile.

Violet continually makes extremely poor and illogical decisions throughout the entire story. In one scene, after being continually told not to, she goes out for a walk by herself when she knows there’s a serial killer on the loose in her town. I can’t say I was surprised when the murderer started following her…

Furthermore, the majority of her thoughts revolve around how hot she thinks Jay is and how jealous she is whenever she sees him talking to another girl.

Their romance is sweet though, even if it takes over more of the plot than I’d like.

Unfortunately, the mystery was not as well executed as I was hoping. We never truly learn even learn the name of the murderer, much less his motivation. Not including such vital information just seemed a little lazy to me.

In the end, even though the romance did take priority over the mystery, I still found myself on the edge of my seat the entire story.


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