Wow. Just wow. This was a seriously amazing book! The blurb sounds incredible and, for once, the actual story lived up to my expectations. When people started recommending The Body Finder to me, I wasn't too keen on checking it out... I mean, a girl who finds dead bodies everywhere? A little bit morbid, wouldn't you say. However, when folks started telling me that it's very romantic and not at all a horror story, I figured I'd give it a shot. Boy, am I glad I did. The plot is so unique and intriguing - definitely a good decision. Derting has mastered the art of suspenseful writing.
For the first time in quite a while, I have absolutely no negative things to say about our leading lady - Violet. I thought she was an absolutely perfect heroine and I can't wait to read more about her. Jay, on the other hand, kind of annoyed me a little. Sure, he was cute and all and Violet was totally head over heels for him, but as a third-party reader, I found his protectiveness beyond irritating. Don't get me wrong, I thought he was a good character and all, but that one aspect of his just made me want to punch him. I think Chelsea might have been my favourite character overall. Though we don't really learn all that much about her, her brash nature and sarcastic wit was absolutely hilarious. I'm hoping the next book will feature more of her less-than-subtle personality.
The romance in this novel was developed perfectly. A lot of YA novels feature the stranger who pops up and captures the heart of our lead, but Derting went in the opposite direction and made the love-interest someone who had been there all along. It was just so believable - I know first hand what it's like to know someone your entire life and realise one day that you're completely in love with them. I'm a huge fan of books with believable romance, and the fact that they already knew everything about each other stopped it from being too close to insta-love for my liking.
I thought the most interesting part of this novel was when the killer would speak. Every few chapters we'd get a little insight into what was going on. Being inside his head was fascinating, to say the least. Though I thought he was a total creeper, he just seemed real, you know? It was also very refreshing to not be able to predict who the bad guy was... that's one thing that lets a lot of mystery novels down.
Overall, this was an amazing book and I highly recommend it. The romance was beautiful and the mystery intriguing. The ending was absolutely fantastic, letting you believe one thing before hitting you with something completely different. Absolutely stellar. I can't wait to dig into the rest of this series.show more