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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder (edition 2011)

by Kimberly Derting

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Title:The Body Finder
Authors:Kimberly Derting
Info:HarperCollins (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 352 pages
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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
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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. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Review to come ( )
  Rubys.books | Oct 15, 2016 |
Good story, but I wasn't crazy about the writing. ( )
  mtlkch | Jun 21, 2016 |
The Body Finder is book one in the Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting. I loved this book and stayed up until 2am to finish it! I then had to look up the next two books and buy them! This is about a high school girl and her best friend Jay. They grew up together but things are changing now that they are teens. Feelings are blooming and they are dealing with this. Jay is the only one outside the family that knows of Violet's secret gift of finding dead bodies. Well now she is going to need this gift because a serial killer is in town. Once the killer knows Violet's secret, he wants her. It is a very exciting story with lots of realistic interactions, dialogue, and the added fantasy of the gift even seemed so realistic that you forget it is fantasy. It has everything in this book; fantasy, romance, suspense, action, and a thriller. It is a fun ride that I enjoyed completely. Can't wait to see what is in the next books. Great job. ( )
  MontzaleeW | May 13, 2016 |
A sweet and dark YA paranormal romance, written beautifully. Violet, a teenage girl see's/hears imprints left by "murdered" animals and humans. When she was only 8 she found a girl, and never forgot her imprint, this is only the beginning. Her best-friend since 1rst grade is Jay, a wonderful male character. He stands with her not matter what and knows of her "power".( He will steal your heart.) Her feelings for him are developing into something more than friendship. This relationship develops as a possible love story a normal pace, not like most books. It is written from the killer's point of view as well as Violet's, taking you even deeper into the story. The emotions and visual details are so well written, I could feel/see the story. I really, really enjoyed this author's work and will line up to read her work again. ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
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Violet Ambrose wandered away from the safety of her father as she listened to the harmony of sound weaving delicately around her.
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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 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.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping 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.
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High school junior Violet uses her uncanny ability to sense murderers and their victims to try to stop a serial killer who's terrorizing her town, and although her best friend and would-be boyfriend Jay promises to keep her safe, she becomes a target.… (more)

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