The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by Kimberly Derting
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery
Short reaction: There’s mystery, there’s suspense and there’s a strange talent. A package!
Rating: 4 out of 5
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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.
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Imagine reading 4 books with a “lost souls” theme in a row – I just felt WOW that was eery! I may have suffered a lot of hangover plus exhaustion but good thing I’ve only chosen a few of the best in this genre. After reading The Archived, I went ahead and read The Body Finder to finally finish my challenge and tell you what, I’ve enjoyed although not perfect as I felt with The Archived but it was a great experience:
The Characters. Violet Ambrose, our heroine is love and hate for me. Love – because of how she manages her talent and control it, how brave she is alone yet how also normal she is when she’s with Jay, her best friend and lover. Hate – because while she’s brave enough, she just can’t do it all alone safely. She trips a lot and she’s always near accidents. Jay, on the other hand, there’s nothing to hate from him! This character is not the aloof, arrogant, bad-boy type that I’ve always craved for because he’s more like of a boy-next-door-football-star-player type who always cares for his best friend yet he’s still a hell hot to love. His character is so nice he can even pass for a guardian angel. Vi’s friends Chelsea, Jules and Claire are hilarious – same old high school gossips here and there and pointing at each other jokingly. Vi’s got a cool circle of their own without having to be eyed popular. Last but not the least, the mystery antagonist has done a good job for me to hate him and his calmness.
Pacing. Majority gets nice and smooth yet just right for the suspense; but sometimes it gets dragging especially with Vi’s part swooning over Jay, fighting over her feelings and examining the echoes. I like how the antagonist’s POV’s are written though – not much mind-talk, straight to the point.
Ending. Cliffhanger ending (as expected). I’ll see how it goes in the next book but still, it made me hate Vi for being so stupid.
So yeah, I’m willing to continue with the series and I’m hoping the next ones will not make me hate Vi more. 😛