The Body Finder

The Body Finder

eBook - 2010
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High school junior Violet uses her uncanny ability to sense murderers and their victims to try to stop a serial killer who is terrorizing her town, and although her best friend and would-be boyfriend Jay promises to keep her safe, she becomes a target.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780061985744
Characteristics: p. ; cm.


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Dec 12, 2019


Jul 13, 2016

This book was more than I hoped for, thank goodness! The writing was better than I expected, along with some of the transitions of the book, what could have been pretty cheesy events actually seemed plausible, and Violet was actually a pretty likeable main character. Unexpected great read! Would recommend!
Violet has never been normal. No, she's not talking to herself in the halls, and no she doesn't have problems with social skills. She's not normal in the sense that dead things, mainly those that have been murdered, call out to Violet through death echoes, crying out to her in their own unique ways until she finds them and puts their bodies to proper rest.
She's always had to deal with this ability. From the small cemetery in her backyard for the unfortunate woodland creatures she seeks in the forest, to the dead girl she found when she was eight. It hasn't always been easy, but she's managed. The help from her family and her best-friend-since-elementary-school Jay has given her the support she needs, and the knowledge that she is able to openly share her biggest secret with a select few.
With summer coming to an end and junior year beginning, Violet has a lot on her mind. First and foremost, the new-found feelings she has for Jay. They've always been friends, and besides the fact that puberty has made Jay pretty hot over the summer, nothing has, or <i> should have </i> changed between Violet's view of him. But now she gets butterflies in her stomach just by looking at him, blushes at his touch, and feels bubbles of jealousy rise within her whenever Jay gets flirtatious attention from their classmates. She doesn't want these feelings to ruin the friendship that they have, and so she tries to push them down and distract herself. And distracting herself shouldn't be too hard now that Violet has found another body.
It becomes apparent that a serial killer is out and about with his target being young girls. Violet gets exhausted whenever she uses her gift in such an intense way, but she can't help feeling like she should be doing more to help, like maybe being on the lookout for the serial killer by searching for his imprints, the tags left by a victim's echo that only Violet can sense.
Violet knows she has to be careful, especially when it is all to easy to go from being the hunter, to being the hunted.

Sidenote: I really liked the small chapters every once in a while with the killer's perspective- it brought the creepiness into fuller effect and I thought it was a great technique to use

Mar 27, 2016

I Love this book. One of the first book I have finished in a long time. The story is very interesting and will get you hooked. Plus the romance inbetween two of the characters makes this story wonderful. I really recommend if you like mystery and romance story.

Jul 10, 2014


Jan 12, 2014

Positively thrilling! Though I didn't get into the book right away, but when I did, I absolutely loved it. The pacing and tension were fantastic! The writing and the main characters were good--the side characters seemed rather irrelevant though. However,I did have some questions, and I didn't feel like the plot twist was very well foreshadowed.

Mar 25, 2013

I loved this book!
At first it really bothered me and i almost quit reading it a few times because it was going at such a slow pace. The whole beginning to me felt like she kept going on and on about her love for her best friend and i got real bored, but trust me if you keep going the book is definately worth it in the end !! :) im now wating to get the second book :) yay!

Jan 27, 2013

A junior in high school is experiencing love (with her childhood best friend) and a psychic connection with murder victims (and dead animals). It was an okay read, an easy read. It seems as though one of the aspects of the plot (romance/psychic) was an afterthought. Not my favorite book by Kimberly Derting.

Green_Bat_11 Oct 20, 2012

It took too long for the plot to begin. Seems like the first half of the book was solely about her attraction to her best friend, Jay. But if you hang on, it takes off and becomes quite a good read. And if you enjoy stories of teenage love, ahh, all the better. I

Jul 19, 2012

I was so disappointed with this book, I had really high hopes for it too. I had to just stop reading after the first couple of chapters because all she does is complain about how she has feelings for her best friend and it gets really annoying fast.

Apr 09, 2012

“The Echoes,” as Violet calls them, are part of her secret and morbid ability to sense the bodies of murder victims—and their killers. As she struggles to understand the odd ability that has been with her since birth, she is confronted with another albeit more common teenage issue, a budding attraction to her childhood best friend, Jay. When a serial killer invades her town and begins abducting and killing local girls, Violet realizes that her secret ability could save lives and begins a dangerous quest to find the killer.

As a suspense novel, The Body Finder delivers. Its premise is believable and intriguing in the context of the story, the pace is fast, and the twists and turns of the plot keep the reader in suspense. The main fault of the book is in Violet’s romance with Jay. The premise of the romance, from best friend to boyfriend, seems a great love story for the audience but the author spends far too much time on this aspect of the story. The effect is that the book is choppy, fast and suspenseful in parts involving murder, slow, often painfully so, in parts involving the romance. While there are likely many readers who will love the romance angle of this story (Twilight lovers, I am looking at you), plenty more will be turned off by its heavy-handedness. Ages 13+

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Jun 13, 2015

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vitriolic7eyes thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 30


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