Author : Kimberly Derting
Publisher : HarperCollins
Source : Bought
Pages : 328 (Paperback)
Summary from Goodreads :
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 that 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 the 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.
The Body Finder might be one of those books which introduced me to book-blogging world. I found its review in a very first place from one awesome blogger I've been following and immediately be thrilled with the mysterious cover and the premise about a girl who can 'sense' the dead and her sudden involvement on finding serial killer because of her 'gift'. I was easily being sold by that idea because I've been a big fan of FBI-chasing-serial-killers series or movies since I was a little kid so I had quite an expectation on this book. And when I got a chance to devour this book myself, I was glad I really enjoyed it! It's a simplified version with a bit supernatural touch of serial killer series yet could make you stay up all night, or even keep watching your back while you walk alone at the night. Wait! Hey, sometimes I walk home by myself at night! Eeeeeeep! D=
Violet can feel the dead since she was a little girl. Not just feel it, but also kind of be drawn by it, force her to find them. And she also can feel the ones who killed them because they bring the imprint, the same echo of their prey. I found her ability is the point of interest in this story, both scary and fascinating in the same time. It's very scary because, wow, just imagine you always got an unbearable urge to dig a hole somewhere around your standing place, knowing something, or someone was buried beneath you and then you could feel imprints on someone, silently knowing they did take something's or someone's lives. Fascinating, because Derting gives us great and unique despiction of the echos in this story, it have several form like smell, sound, visualization, even sometimes it can create tastes in her tongue and mostly of them are not scary, otherwise they are beautiful. But while I imagined them, those beautiful echos somehow delivered a chill, added the creepy feeling to the story as well.
Violet is a likeable main character, and she's being described very well. Although this story is told by third person's POV, I could relate to her. Can sense and find the dead is absolutely not a girl's thing and she's not hiding her fear which is very normal, but I loved to see how she can manage to accustomed to it, even think to use her ability for a good purpose. Her strange ability makes her a bit introvert and stubborn, but that's makes her unique and loveable to me.
I also loved to see many amazing people around Violet who love her unconditionally like her parents, her uncle and aunt, her (clueless) unique friends and Jay Heaton, her bestfriend turns boyfriend. Jay is... wow! He's everything you (and I) want from a boy. He can be your very bestfriend; you can talk everything to him or just silently stay there with him and feel all comfortable; he can be your dependable brother, and a protective, HOT boyfriend. I really enjoyed the relationship development between Violet and Jay. There's of course a teen drama like go out with other boy/girl just to drag a jealousy out, but what I really appreciate from Jay that he doesn't go too far and still think about Violet's feeling. And wow the tension between him and Violet! Jay seems really treasured Violet so much, it makes me so jealous of her. Oh Jay... if only I have a boy-bestfriend like him at my highschool time D= !
Overall, I think The Body Finder is an awesome series! I really can't wait to see what will happen on the characters in the next sequels.
If you like suspenseful, mystery thriller story, although not as 'heavy' as TV series about FBI and serial killers out there, this is the right book for you. Even if you not really a fan of it, the sparkling bestfriend-turns-lover love story, or just Jay alone would melt you down. =D
Just watch your back while you walk alone, girls!
Happy reading! ;D