Monday, May 17, 2010
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
"A serial killer on the loose. A girl with a morbid ability. And the boy who would never let anything happen to her.
Violet Ambrose can find the dead. Or at least, those who have been murdered. She can sense the echoes they leave behind... and the imprints they leave on their killers. As if that weren't enough to deal with during junior year, she also has a sudden, inexplicable, and consuming crush on her best friend since childhood, Jay Heaton.
Now a serial killer has begun terrorizing Violet's small town... and she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him."
Character Development: 7/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Total Score: 54/ 70
Age Appropriate: PG-13/ R
Alcohol, drugs, etc.: Teen drinking
Sexual Content: None, but could possibly be implied
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Dead girls' bodies found in ominous places, serial killer, fight scene
With a thrilling plot, tantalizing love story, and relatable writing, Kimberly Derting's debut is impossible to put down.
Violet was an amazing, strong heroine that was wonderful to read about. However, I wish I had gotten to learn more about her. We know about her body-finding ability, her relationship with other characters, that she likes to run, and her feelings to the events that are occurring, but after that... there isn't much substance that made her an authentic person.
The plot was perfectly executed. The chapters in the killer's point of view were especially chilling, but balanced out well with Jay and Violet's budding romance. Derting's writing builds the suspense perfectly and at just the right moments.
In conclusion, The Body Finder is a very exciting book. The writing is easy to fall into and get stuck in. The whirl wind of events and emotions will take the reader for one heck of a ride!