Reviewer: Danielle Mason
Title: The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: March 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 14 and Up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 13 and Up
Year/Setting: Washington State
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Kimberly's Website/Blog: www.kimberlyderting.com
Violet Ambrose for as long as she can remember had had the talent of finding the dead bodies of either humans or animals that have been murdered. She hears, tastes, or smells the echo left behind with the body and that is how she locates them. This is her secret and the only people that know are her family and best friend Jay.
Violet got her first human echo when she was 8. Before and for 9 years after that it has only been animals. Then a serial killer pops up in her hometown of Buckley, Washington killing teenage girls. Without being able to help herself Violet is finding the bodies of the girls.
She sets out to find the killer with the echoes of the girls he's wearing. When the killer catches on to her and what he believes links her to the findings it is her life she now has to protect next. Along with the danger Violet is also struggling to understand the new romance that is blooming between herself and Jay.
The two major relationships in the book are the ones between Violet and her family and Violet and Jay. Violet's family is very supportive of what she is going through and has been her whole entire life. Her Uncle is the Sheriff so even when she started to find the bodies she was being protected. The only time really they are not supportive is every time she had put herself in danger to try and find the killer on her own. Or when she had tricked someone to help her out. Jay even though he is her best friend I guess you could say also goes with her family. There are parts in the book where Jay is actually working with Violet's family to keep her safe. Throughout the whole book you can tell that both Jay and Violet have more than just friendly feelings toward one another and when it finally blooms it is really great to read and pulls you in.
I couldn't put this book down that is how good it was. I just constantly no matter what was picking it up and reading it here and there to find out what would happen next. Either with the investigation or between Jay and Violet themselves. It will not leave you feeling as if you missed anything or there should have been more!
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