Thursday, September 02, 2010

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

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.

Hmmm... what to say about this book...? In the words of Randy Jackson, "It was just ah-iight for me, dawg."

I liked the romance factor-- her and her MALE best friend. But the suspense factor was lacking. I think part of the problem I had with this book was that I took it, along with a stack of books, camping with me and I read it immediately after finishing The Hunger Games, which I'm pretty sure it's impossible to hold a light to. I can't say that I think I would have loved it had it not proceeded such an AMAZING book, but I maybe would have liked it just a touch more.

There was some underage drinking and some swearing (including, but not limited to, one "f-bomb"). Both of which don't bother me much in books, but in this particular one, it just rubbed me the wrong way. It felt misplaced somehow, like it didn't fit but the author threw it in anyway.

Anyway, not my favorite this year by far, but it was a good read overall. A little predictable, but worth picking up. :)

Happy Reading!

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