I love a good murder mystery, so I was excited to read The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting.
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 left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer--and Violet is unnerved by her hope 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.
With such an interesting premise and a main character whose senses can help find the bodies of murder victims (whether she likes it or not), I had very high hopes for this book.
Some parts were interesting. Having chapters narrated by the serial killer interspersed throughout the book added a spine-tingling touch. And I couldn't help but feel sorry for Violet as she stumbled upon corpses and struggled with her "power." When she got close to the killer, my heart raced and I worried for her.
However, the book was a major letdown as it focused too much on the relationship between Violet and her best friend Jay. The story was bogged down by endless descriptions of their "breathless" and "exhausting" make out sessions that left Violet "craving more."
Still, Kimberly Derting has a great imagination and I would not hesitate to give her next book a chance.
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