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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder (edition 2010)

by Kimberly Derting (Author)

Series: The Body Finder (1)

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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 is terrorizing her town, and although her best friend and would-be boyfriend Jay promises to keep her safe, she becomes a target.
Title:The Body Finder
Authors:Kimberly Derting (Author)
Info:HarperCollins (2010), Edition: First Edition, 336 pages
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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting


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For Violet finding the dead was nothing new, however the dead bodies usually consist of murdered birds, rabbits and other small animals that had all been killed by other animals. So stumbling across the murdered body of a girl, a human, teenage girl was a shock for eight-year-old Violet. And when at sixteen Violet again discovers a murdered girl, things become very interesting and very dangerous very quickly.

But as much as Violet is consumed by thoughts of the dead, and murderers, she is also distracted by her best friend Jay. She and Jay have always been best friends, ever since they were six-years-old they had been inseparable, however over the summer something had changed, at least it had for Violet and now she finds herself wishing for something with Jay that is more then just friends.

The Body Finder is a new paranormal series that is funny, frightening and very sweet. Both a compelling thriller and a tender love story, these elements of a murder mystery and young love combine successfully to create an exciting paranormal story with a strong and likeable heroine. Violet's world may be one filled with the dead however it still manages to capture a heartfelt story of an, almost ordinary, sixteen year old girl. ( )
  LarissaBookGirl | Aug 2, 2021 |
Vi has an unusual talent for sensing the bodies of living creatures who have died a violent death. Since her childhood she has buried a host of creatures from the surrounding woods and once, when she was 8 years old, she discovered the body of a young girl. Only her immediate family and best friend, Jay, know of this supernatural sense.

Now Vi is seeking a serial killer before he kills again and trying to deal with her new and unfamiliar feelings for Jay.

This was an interesting premise for a supernatural power I've not heard of before. The story was simply written and filled with teenage angst as Vi struggles with her feelings. I did enjoy the story and may move on to others of this series. ( )
  Jenson_AKA_DL | Nov 6, 2020 |
Okay, so I didn't fall in love with this book right away. For awhile, I thought I was going to rate the book 2, maybe 3 stars. However, about 2/3 of the way into the book, it became really good, and it definitely got boosted to 4 stars.

I loved, loved, loved the relationship between Jay & Violet. I thought it was really sweet =) I loved how protective he was of her, not in the "she's a girl so she can't take care of herself" way but because he genuinely cared for her.

The character of Chelsea made me laugh. I loved her sarcasm =)

It did have a hint of Mean Girls in it though. The character of Claire reminded me a lot of Amanda Seyfried's character in the film. And there is the mention of a Queen Bee.

I loved the plot as well. I've never read anything like it. I like the way the author brought together the elements of suspense, crime, romance, and paranormal. They all blended very well.

I'd definitely recommend this book. It does take a long time to get going, as I've said before, but once it does, it definitely drags you in! ( )
  khal_khaleesi | Nov 16, 2019 |
I would gave to say that this was a really good book. As I read I was always kept on my toes, if Violet will be the next one caught or who the killer was. This also was a sort of insight into how it would be like if anyone were able to find the dead and at the same time feel that someone has killed someone else. ( )
  bookscantgetenough | May 5, 2019 |
Okay, not gonna lie--I was really excited to read this book. Until I started reading it. The prologue was promising, but everything fell off at the first chapter. It started with that rambly, boring way you're not supposed to start a book: the main character woke up and went through her daily getting-ready-for-school routine. So yes, we heard four or five times that she wanted to crawl back under the covers, that she didn't want to go to school, and then we got one of those weird self-descriptions of herself. Apparently everyone in her school has long, straight hair, and hers is long and curly. Or wavy, or something. But it wasn't what the masses had, so of course even though she's an individual who doesn't want to go with the masses, she wishes she had straight hair.

Yes, it's realistic, but no, readers don't care. It's boring.

Actually, I learned a few more things about what not to do in my own writing:

1) Don't use italics. It's not worth it. It makes the readers feel like the author thinks they're stupid. (And "The Body Finder" uses a ton of them.)

2) Don't resolve anything in the middle of the book, even if it's just a subplot. It means the story is losing momentum.

3) Don't rely on crime dramas for your research. Readers will be able to tell, especially if they watch too much TV (like I do).

4) As long as you have a good premise (and "The Body Finder" has a fantastic premise), it's not a big deal how bad your writing is. If you have a good premise and are persistent, you can get your story published.

So no, "The Body Finder" wasn't a complete waste of time. Just incredibly disappointing. ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Sep 21, 2018 |
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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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High school junior Violet uses her uncanny ability to sense murderers and their victims to try to stop a serial killer who is terrorizing her town, and although her best friend and would-be boyfriend Jay promises to keep her safe, she becomes a target.

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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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