Book Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

(The Body Finder #1)

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.

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.all of them.


She didn’t entirely understand the sense of loss she felt about something that she’d never really had in the first place.


Who would’ve have thought that i will find a YA book with serial killings as the main plot?!! I’m a big fan of Dexter and Criminal Minds so it wouldn’t be a surprise if i loved The Body Finder. Not only did i thoroughly enjoyed it, i was stunned by the quality of the story. It was built solidly so yeah, i am now a fan of Kimberly Derting. 🙂

Violet is the kind of girl who doesn’t let her ability locating dead people to cripple her life.  And she felt responsible in a sense that she put her gift into good use. With just the right amount of teenage defiance, Derting delivers a heroine worth rooting for against a menacing serial killer.

I found Jay’s description a little vague ( i don’t know the color of his eyes; is his hair brown or black?) but that doesn’t mean i did not became his groupie! His carefree and light character almost made up the lack of physical description (c’mon, how can i gush over someone that vague?). There’s something about Jay that makes me smile and swoon over him just like Violet does. *blushes* His overprotectiveness irked me at times, but I can’t blame him – a serial killer is on the loose kidnapping teenage girls!

Derting tackled the issue of serial killing with such finess that I thought i was reading a Lisa Gardner or Julie Garwood book. The steamy scenes she concocted has just the right touch that I get lost in the emotions (just like Violet) but not totally forgetting the dangerous time I am in (err, I mean Violet’s dangerous time). and ooh, how i revel on those moments! Jay, gosh, don’t do this to me! The teen romance Derting cooked up did not overshadowed the suspense part of the story and that made me really happy.

The Body Finder is one heck of a mystery ride. Do you like catching serial killers? Then, you’ll definitely love this book.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

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