Blogger Book Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on May 22, 2011
Happy, Happy Sunday, inkpoppers! On this sunny morning we bring you a review of Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder straight from Cait of Escape Through the Pages. Read more reviews from Cait at Escape Through the Pages; at this very moment, however, lose yourself in The Body Finder.
“Violet has always been able to feel the echoes that a dead animal/person leaves behind – not only on the murdered itself, but on the killer. Those who have been violently murdered leave behind such strong echoes that it almost draws her in when she comes across them. Her gift has never really been anything but a small annoyance until she uncovers the body of a girl who has been murdered – the start of a run of serial killings in the area. Violet is determined to use her gift to help solve the killings before more girls she knows go missing and end up dead. To do this, she enlists the help of her best friend Jay – a best friend she’s been feeling more than best friend feelings for.
“‘The Body Finder’ has a great mix of mystery/suspense and romance. Interspersed throughout the main story are chapters from the perspective of the killer; his sections are eerie, and gave me chills. They were written to be creepy and Kimberly Derting delivered. The reader is able to see briefly into the killer’s mind, but never really find out too much…and that’s good. The book is about Violet and her journey discovering that her gift can be used in a practicale manner – and her relationship with her best friend Jay.
“I was pleasently surprised with the romance in this book. For a moment in the beginning I was worried there was going to be yet another romance triangle in a YA book. The romance progression in ‘The Body Finder’ was great. Violet and Jay have been friends practically forever. Recently, she’s noticed that she feels more than just friendship for him but doesn’t want to say anything. As the book goes on, her friendship with Jay is tested and the reader wonders if the romance is actually a romance at all (I don’t want to spoil it either way)!
“I was impressed with Violet and Jay. Violet is comfortable in her family and her friendships, and she knows her ability can help people. She understands the need her family has to keep her protected, but Violet has the strength and will to help, and she’s going to. Jay is a great friend to Violet, and their relationship is believable – they argue, they make up, they hang out and go to school. Jay is incredibly protective of Violet and is a genuinely good guy. It’s quite refreshing, actually!
“Between good writing, plot, characters and ability to entertain, ‘The Body Finder’ is a great debut novel. I’m confident in recommending it to anyone age 12 and over (or even younger depending on the pre-teen).”
Thank you to Cait of Escape Through the Pages for chatting with us about The Body Finder.
Over to you…have you read The Body Finder? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?
Share your thoughts in the comments section!
Erika (aka inkpoperika)