The Body Finder - Kimberly DertingFriday, November 04, 2011
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.
The concept of a body finder is extremely unique. Since she was young, Violet has been able to sense echos (a certain aura given out by restless bodies) and to her dismay, she would be continually drawn to these callings until their bodies were finally laid to rest. She might be awkward, but she has Jay, her inseparable best friend who seemed to understand her completely and always followed her around on 'hunting-the-dead-animals' adventures. Violet also has her family, who understood that she inherited her 'gifts' from her grandmother and would go to the extreme to protect her emotionally and physically.
I was hooked from page one, and was very much reluctant to extricate myself from the story I was so engrossed in. Having watched The Walking Dead rerun on TV a few hours before, reading The Body Finder sort of creep me out. It was one of the books that managed to raise my goose bumps! (Which I gave extra points for that)
All I have to say is this book has an impressive 'scare' factor, swoon-worthy romance and awesome plot. I love the way the story was narrated in two different points of view, one from the Violet's POV and the other from the murderer's POV, this made the story even more exciting!
And being a teenager, a book will not be complete without romance. Best friend turn boyfriend? What else could compare? Jay and Violet shared a deep bond, and it was very romantic to read about how Jay took care of Violet.
Pick up this book. You will not regret!