- Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (March 16, 2010)
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"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."
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 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 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.
I adored this book! The Body Finder was a fantastic mix of sweet, cute, funny, romantic, bizarre, scary, and creepy. How's that for a description? I found myself laughing out loud at the witty comments and banter between Violet and Jay. Then getting goosebumps from the tense, frightening mystery. The main characters were so fun to get to know! They were caring and kind people who wanted to treat each other well and help when they could. I loved Jay. I found myself constantly chuckling at his jabs at Violet. Also, he was such a good friend to her, and just treated her so well. It's not very often that you read about two teens that, even though they have their struggles, care so much about each other. I really appreciated Violet's relationship with her parents in this book as well. So often in YA lit, the parents are negligent, absent, or just plain stupid. Violet's parents were involved and loving and had a great relationship with their daughter.
The creepy-bizarre part was reading from the killer's point of view. At the end of some of the chapters, Ms. Derting writes from the mind of the killer. I wonder how hard that was to write. To see into the mind of a man who was stalking and planning to kill teen girls was skin-crawling scary. Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down!
You may want to know: The second half has quite a lot of "minor" cursing, with a couple of "major" words as well. It also has a lot of violence and kissing and a few heavy make-out scenes. For more details go to The Body Finder on Parental Book Reviews.