The Body Finder

The Body Finder

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The first book in the Body Finder series from Kimberly Derting is equal parts romance and mystery.

Sixteen-year-old Violet is hiding two secrets. The first is her confusing new feelings for her childhood best friend Jay. The second is her unusual ability to sense the dead...and the people who killed them. Violet has never considered her morbid ability to be a gift, but when a serial killer begins terrorizing her small town, Violet realizes she may be the only person who can stop him.

Ever protective of her, Jay agrees to help Violet, and as they search, Violet realizes she isn't the only one whose emotions have changed. But as they fall in love, Violet is also getting closer and closer to discovering the killer...and becoming his prey herself.

The Body Finder is the compulsive first book in the four-book Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 137 x 203 x 23mm | 268g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061779830
  • 9780061779831
  • 56,814

Back cover copy

A gripping tale of a girl with a morbid ability that could lead her to a killer . . . and the boy who would never let anything happen to her.

Sixteen-year-old Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her unusual so-called gift. While her confusing feelings for her best friend are new, she has been able to sense dead bodies--or at least those that have been murdered--and the imprints that attach to their killers since she was a little girl. Violet has never considered her ability useful, but now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Fiercely protective of her, Jay agrees to help Violet search for the murderer. 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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Review quote

"The romance and the mystery in THE BODY FINDER were so intense that I didn't know whether to hold my breath or scream. I did know I wouldn't be getting anything done until I read the whole book." -- Melissa Marr, author of WICKED LOVELY

"You'll be drawn in by the love story--and kept up all night by the suspense." -- Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Stargazer

"First-time novelist Derting has written a suspenseful mystery and sensual love story that will captivate readers who enjoy authentic high-school settings, snappy dialogue, sweet romance, and heart-stopping drama. A real page-turner, this will have readers checking behind themselves and refusing to go anywhere alone." -- Booklist

"Derting's first novel demonstrates unusual skill in weaving together contemporary teenage preoccupations with its paranormal plot twist. ... A strong debut from a promising author." -- Publishers Weekly

"...several twists and turns keep the pages flipping." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
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Rating details

53,885 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 37% (20,011)
4 33% (17,612)
3 20% (10,839)
2 7% (3,656)
1 3% (1,767)

Our customer reviews

Favourite Quote: â??He watched as on lookers pushed and shoved, trying to get a better view of what was happening along the waterâ??s edge. He liked their energy, their insatiable craving for the gory details, no matter how gruesome or unsettling they might be.â?? This is a re-read for me and I decided this time round, I would review it! I love this book so much, and it is without a doubt 5/5 stars! I loved everything about this book so Iâ??ll start with the plot! There were two main story arcs in this book, the romance and the murder mystery arc! Both of which I just loved and I felt they both entwined well! The romance is one of my favourites ever and I loved that it was quite gradual! As for the murder mystery, wow it was just awesome! Kimberly Derting knows how to write suspenseful, creepy scenes! There are short chapters from the serial killers P.O.V and those are just chilling and freaky! There are certain twists in this arc that I never expected and this just kept me on the edge throughout! Seriously this book has one of the creepiest and interesting plots Iâ??ve ever read! As for the characters, I just loved both Violet and Jay! Violet was an everyday kind of girl and I instantly related to her, she was kind, sweet, funny and playful! Her unique talent would scare me senseless if I had it but she handles it with such grace and dignity, making me love her even more! Then thereâ??s Jay who would be the perfect boyfriend for me, he is sweet, funny, hot, smart â?? the list is actually endless! And the romance between the two was just awesome, as I said one of my favourites ever! The side characters, such as their friends and family were really cool as well and I think they were all well rounded! Overall this book is awesome and I recommend it to anyone and everyone! Iâ??m going to read the rest of the books within this month and I cannot wait!show more
by brookexx
My rating: 4/5 stars *May contain some spoilers * Violet is in love with her best friend. And she can "hear" dead bodies. Isn't that intriguing or what? I've never heard a story exactly like this before, so I was beyond excited to read this. And I really wasn't disappointed. Kimberly Derting managed to tell a sweet and innocent love story of two best friends falling in love. That was one of the two main plots. The other one scared me speechless. Since there's insane serial killer killing off young girls. The most terrifying part in this book was when author wrote from the serial killer's point of view. Because she really did a good job, and I really didn't like to be inside killers head! It was really scary. Few times my phone rang during these parts and I nearly peed my pants! I was seriously scared in few occasions. And it was kind of thrilling, since nowadays I avoid scary books on purpose. But because of the supernatural elements and young love, I didn't find this book too scary. By the way, this was the first time I've read about two best friends falling in love, and I absolutely loved it. I had a suspicion it might be boring, since they've known each other always etc., but I was glad to see I was proven wrong, and I actually want to read more books containing this little twist. As mentioned earlier, what makes Violet so special is her ability to hear dead bodies, especially those who's been murdered. No surprise, she doesn't think her "talent" is an actual talent, or useful in any way. So it's nice to see how she starts using her abilities for the "greater good", but it's still quite creepy and scary as hell! It's creepy enough how she starts digging up bodies, but when she goes after the killer, I was actually physically terrified. I don't do scary books, so I was surprised to find this a great read. So, if you're up to be scared speechless and don't have any heart condition, feel free to grab yourself a copy! I just received the second book from the series and the third, The Last Echo is released in few days, so I'm all giddy now! Love, Monaliz @ Mind Reading?show more
by Monaliz @ Mind Reading?
Why did I wait so long to read The Body Finder? Last year I once read the summary and thought about it as a freaky murder mystery. Then Leanna @ Daisy Chain Book Reviews was always gushing about it and Nic @ Irresistible Reads named the male protagonist Jay her Book Boyfriend #3 and I bought The Body Finder in hope to maybe encounter a freaky murder mystery, but also a good romance. Now that I read it in only one day I need to say that this novel has so much more than just some good romance scenes. If The Body Finder weren't about gruesome crimes, I would call the kissing scenes that, forbidden, sweet and sexy crimes! Derting knows exactly what YA fantasy fans need to experience a reading night full of anxiety and longing with an insanely good and breathtaking novel. Kimberly Derting applies the perspective of an omniscient narrator. Most of the chapters follow the story of Violet, Jay and their families and friends. In the other few chapters our narrator slips into the perspective of the serial killer. Derting shows that there doesn't need to be a 1st person narrator to witness a character's own voice, experience his story and learn about his feelings. Each character has his own special voice. Violet is a very natural protagonist with a distinctive sense of justice and truth. Our male protagonist Jay is strong, protective, caring and I can't but be crazy about him. The potential for a new kind of love story is huge. This love story of Violet and Jay could be something really different, because they have been friends since they were little. Falling in love with your best friend and no stranger, not the new kid in town doesn't sound exciting or adventurous, The Body Finder could prove the opposite. Violet and Jay have known each other for so long, they know the other. Nevertheless there is so much more to learn about each other, to adjust to the new way of seeing and exploring the other. Violet is falling in love with her best friends, but could they ever be more than that and still be happy? Derting creeped me out with a cold-hearted and mad murderer. Reading his thoughts on chasing his victims, following and choosing them was scary. She played with my mind, making me make the weirdest accusations, suspecting everyone around Violet to be guilty, involved in some way. When I paused reading to go to the bathroom I glanced over my shoulder checking several times if someone was following me, I was so paranoid! Although Violet's gift, finding dead bodies of persons that were murdered, is supernatural, The Body Finder does not appear illogical or impossible. Hunting down the killer seemed so real, I felt involved and affected. Kimberly Derting did a great job writing her first novel, her writing style is excellent and no single page is boring or like the pages before it. I loved, loved, loved The Body Finder and am so mad that I hadn't ordered the sequel, Desires of the Dead in advance. It took several days to get here and right after my review is posted I'll continue the sequel to The Body Finder! THE VERDICT The Body Finder unites all senses to an unbelievable reading experience. It had all to keep me hooked: a dangerous supernatural gift, a murder mystery and an even more thrilling romance! If awesome novels were echoes, The Body Finder would be strongly calling to you. A must-read, go get it!show more
by MissPageTurner
Oh, I loved it. Believe me. I loved the idea of someone being able to sense murder (Violet should go the homocide department later on or something) and it was executed wonderfully. The entire novel kept me standing on my toes, just wanting more, more, MORE with every page. Yes, it was truly that great. While I think the middle part may had dragged a teeny tiny bit (for my taste anyway) the end and plot more than made up for it. I actually started suspecting random people and discarding the suspicion again, something I rarely do in crime novels because more often than not my suspicions are right and I've ruined yet another plotline for myself. And while I love my dystopian novels, it was a nice breather to finally read something to my original "direction" again (you're talking to a Harry Potter addict here). I don't necessarily mean contemporary, but I do mean a world that you can connect to, that you know. In most dystopian novels this cannot be and is not the case. I'm thrilled to read the sequel and I would just go out and buy it right now if I hadn't so many other books on my TBR pile ... so Desires of the Dead will have to wait a while. Believe me, though, if I had only two or three books to read, I'd just do the rude thing and ignore them and read Desires of the more
by Jill Barrakling
Violet is a teenager with a creepy "gift". She can hear echoes the dead people, the ones who died murdered, leave. And she also sense the killers, since the echoes attach to them like an imprint. When several girls are murdered, and the police have no clues, Violet is only one who can find the killer. I read this book on my computer (still waiting for my Kindle to arrive) and even when my eyes begin to suffer, I didn't stop reading. Violet is one of my favorite characters, because she's normal expect for her gift. She loves her family, her friends, and her major worry is Jay, her best-friend. She tries to live with her gift the best she can, but she knows she can't ignore it. She's smart, and yes, she make mistakes as any other 16 year old, but I didn't think she was dumb or exaggerated. And I couldn't help but fall in love with Jay too. He's stubborn and sometimes controlling, but he has a sweet side. It's the perfect boyfriend combination. He's more mature that Violet, and worries about her safety, but he's also a little naughty, always teasing her. The writing is great, not too fast but not slow. The changes from Violet's pov to the killer's pov were interesting, because I knew what each of them were thinking. I wasn't expecting so much mystery but was very surprised to find a lot. I never figured out who the killer was (until the end, of course) and there were surprises. I loved this, not knowing what was going to happen and always feeling at the edge. And it was such a good thing, at least for me, that there weren't details about the murders. Just the kidnapings. It made it lighter and easier to read. Overall, I couldn't find anything wrong with The Body Finder. I love it, it's original and I won't forget about the characters. I can't wait to read the next book, Desires of the Dead. P.S.: Don't trust strangers!show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
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