- Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 26mm | 222g
- Publication date: 11 November 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0755378954
- ISBN 13: 9780755378951
- Sales rank: 82,444
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, 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, but now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him. Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer - and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling in love, Violet is getting closer to discovering a killer...and becoming his prey herself.
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Kimberly Derting is a full-time writer who lives in Western Washington state with her husband and three children.
By gail hartshorn 08 Nov 2012
I was very suprised by this book as I bought it for my 17 year old Grandaughter who was staying with me for a couple of weeks; she raved about it so I read it. While the young love side of the novel held little interest for me the rest was quite thrilling and suspensful
Violet is the heroine and Jay the love interest. Murdered dead people call to Violet to discover their hidden bodies, while the murderers carry around the 'imprint' of those they have murdered. Violet sets out to find a serial killer who is murdering her friends. I won't give too much away
Straight forwardly written with no medical or scientific jargon.
I've just ordered the follow up book 'Desires of the Dead'......can't wait to see what Violet is up to
By justanotherteenagebookworm 04 Mar 2012
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.