The Compulsive Reader: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Violet has always felt the echoes of the murdered, both human and animal, around her, and for as long as she can remember they have haunted her until she found them and gave them a proper burial. Only five people know about her morbid ability: her parents, and her aunt and uncle, and her best friend, Jay. When it becomes evident that a serial killer is at large in her community, Violet is certain that she can find the killer and bring him to justice. But even with Jay and her family trying to protect her, it may not be enough to keep her from the killer.

Kimberly Derting's debut novel about a girl attempting to use her unusual gift for good while caught in the throes of danger and first love is memorable and suspenseful. Derting's writing is sharp and detailed, and the frequent chapters from the unknown killer's point of view keep the story tense. Violet is a good, strong character who really will appeal to teen readers because of her well described emotions. Her fear of the serial killer is palpable, but her determination and sense of duty and justice even more tangible, and her confused and love struck feelings for her best friend Jay make her even more relatable and likable to the average girl. Derting will keep you on edge long after the final page with this action-packed romantic drama.

Cover Comments: I like the black and blue color scheme, and this blue flower. It's a very nice combination of eeriness and beauty, and the simplicity of the cover is just great. Very nice!

The Body Finder will be released on March 16th, 2010.

ARC received from publisher.


Ashley said...

This book sounds really interesting. Great review.

Anonymous said...

Hm ... it keeps reminding me of the WAKE-trilogy by McMann. Have your read the complete trilogy?

Since you read a lot of books, I was wondering whether you could recommend books similar to the WAKE-trilogy!?
- RedHood

Kim Harrington said...

This one sounds awesome.

Heather Zundel said...

I've been looking forward to this book for a while. I already have it reserved at my library. It is such an engaging concept. I'm glad the writing rings true as well.

Jackie said...

I read this book and I loved it. The characters were very likeable.