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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 concept of this book was very cool-- one girl, Violet, has the unique power of being able to locate murder victims (animal or human). While this had great potential, I could not get past how many times Violet was saved by her boyfriend. The girl could not manage anything on her own; her powers got her into trouble multiple times through the book, and I can't think of an instance that she was able to save herself. While that weakness of character might have played okay a few years back, I believe that nowadays you might expect for a woman to kick a little ass, stand up for herself, and be a stronger role model. Violet was given powers, but no power. ( )
  redrabbit | Nov 25, 2014 |
"Sixteen year old Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her unusual so-called gift. While her confusing feelings for her best friend are new, she has been able to sense dead bodies-or at least those who have been murdered-and the imprints that attach to their killers since she was a little girl. Violet has never considered her ability useful, but now that a serial killer [teen girls] has begun terrorizing her small town she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him. Fiercely protective of her, Jay agrees to help Violet search for the murderer. But even as she's falling in love, Violet is getting closer to discovering a killer...and becoming his prey herself." (book jacket)
While the start of the book is promising, the further I read the more I realized that Derting was "telling" much too much, without just "showing" us readers. Character descriptions, settings, and sometimes dialogue are padded with so much background "feeling" from the narrator/protagonist Violet, that readers may tire of the constant side trips into Violet's thoughts and emotions, ones often repeated. Even after all the verbiage, I realized some characters I still could not "see" at all, which was frustrating. While the main setting - Buckley, WA- was intriguing, a place I'd been through, Derting's use of it as little more than a vague backdrop to the teen drama was a little disappointing. While the use of the interchapters from the serial killer's pt of view was chilling, adding to the suspense, the interweaving of everyday teen drama/girl rivalries was not so seamless. Definitely a teen read for girls looking for a supenseful romance, who will gobble up the subsequent books ; some bad language and heated making out scenes are the only cautions for younger readers. To my taste, a book which could've been improved with a lot more editing! ( )
  BDartnall | Nov 20, 2014 |
For me this is four stars because it doesn't follow the run-of-the-mill YA guidelines for writing a teen book.

1. The romance although predictable wasn't sappy or paper thin i.e. being in love for no reason.
2. Neither of the love birds was new to the town or school. They had in fact been friends for many years.
3. Neither of the heroine's parents was dead or missing-in-action.
4. The teen behaviour wasn't overly annoying, thank god.

Yes, the romance took on more importance and had more page time than the plot but that's typical in most YA books. Plus Derting also attempts to confuse us as to who the killer is, and just as we think it's all over, it isn't. I did guess who/what the killer was by the end but I didn't mind.

One thing I do mind though, is that this could happily remain a stand alone. There isn't a need for a sequel. I'm quite happy with how it ended. Please don't ruin a good thing. ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |


Review coming soon~ ( )
  ku. | Sep 20, 2014 |


Review coming soon~ ( )
  ku. | Sep 20, 2014 |
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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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