The Body Finder (Body Finder Series #1)

The Body Finder (Body Finder Series #1)

by Kimberly Derting


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ISBN-13: 9780061779817
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Series: Body Finder Series , #1
Pages: 329
Sales rank: 667,543
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kimberly Derting is the author of The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead, which are as much coming-of-age romances as they are paranormal thrillers, and the dystopic fantasy The Pledge. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark and creepy. Her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children serve as an endless source of inspiration and frequently find the things they say buried in the pages of their mother's books.

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Claudia Gray

“You’ll be drawn in by the love story—and kept up all night by the suspense.”

Melissa Marr

“The romance and the mystery in THE BODY FINDER were so intense that I didn’t know whether to hold my breath or scream. I did know I wouldn’t be getting anything done until I read the whole book.”

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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Bear with me for a moment as I gush fanatically about how much I loved THE BODY FINDER like some crazed Twilighter who has just caught a glimpse of Robert Pattinson. I loved this book. Absolutely, totally, completely loved it. I want to, as I used to say when I was seven, marry this book. If I could, I would erase it from my memory and go back and read it all over again, just to experience it anew. And, right this minute, I would gladly give up either of my children to have another book featuring Violet and Jay to read right...this...minute. Okay, end of maniacal gushing about how awesome this book is. THE BODY FINDER has to be one of the most unique YA books I've ever read. It deals with a serial killer, which I've never run across before in a book marketed to teens and young adults. Since reading about serial killers is one of my favorite pastimes (no cruel jokes about my tormented psyche here, please), I knew before I even began reading the story that it was probably going to be great. It also deals with a teen who can sense death. A sound, a smell, a feeling, a presence - somehow, ever since she was little, Violet Ambrose could find things that had died. It started out as finding dead animals, but one particularly horrifying experience at age eight had Violet discovering the body of a young girl. So far, Violet has never been overly-traumatized by her special ability. She has the full support and understanding of both her parents and her best friend, Jay Heaton, so she's never had to deal with this talent all alone. This year, though, things are about to change. First, she's having some definitely non-friendly feelings towards Jay. Somehow, she's begun to notice not just how funny and smart he is, but also how hot and sexy he is. The more she tries to convince everyone around her that she doesn't have a thing for Jay, the harder it is to convince herself of the same thing. Secondly, someone is abducting and killing young girls in the area around where Violet lives. With the ability to sense not only those that have recently died, but the lingering effects of death on those that have caused it, Violet is determined to figure out who is wreaking havoc on her town. With or without Jay's help, she plans to follow her senses wherever they take her, hoping that they'll lead her to the killer so that she can point him out to her uncle, who happens to be the sheriff. But as almost always happens in cases like this, Violet and Jay find themselves up against something - or someone - a whole lot more crafty and cunning than they could have imagined. If they're not careful, they could end up being the next victims of this vicious killer. Okay, just a little bit more gushing. Not only is the storyline of THE BODY FINDER amazing, so are the characters and the dialogue. I have to give Kimberly Derting the highest praise for writing a story that never, ever patronizes its intended readers. I have had problems in the past with a few YA titles, due only to the fact that certain authors feel the need to tone or water down their writing, since they're not writing for adults. Ms. Derting doesn't do that - her story is scary, sexy, emotional, and downright riveting at all times; she never "writes down" to the teen or young adult who will pick up the book. Pre-order THE BODY FINDER now, today, right this second. And please, Ms. Derting, pretty please, I'm begging you here, write another story featuring Violet and Jay.
TheEagerReaders More than 1 year ago
Romantic, intense, and suspenseful! Those are the first three words that come to mind when describing Kimberly Derting's impressive debut novel, The Body Finder. Half heart-pounding suspense & half heart-racing romance, readers will find themselves unable to put this book down! This romantic thriller seamlessly blends romance & mystery as a teenage girl uses her unusual paranormal ability in an attempt to trace the imprints left by a serial killer before he strikes again. A word of warning: Don't start this book at bedtime if you intend to get any sleep because you won't want to set it down! What I Liked: - The playful and flirtatious romance! Since this book is about a girl who senses dead bodies and gets entangled in a serial killer investigation, I expected creepy suspense from this novel (and it delivered). But I did NOT expect the completely intoxicating romance! Violet's crush on her best friend leaves her distracted by his casual touch, flustered by his comforting, familiar scent, and blushing at his every teasing grin. The romance is sweet, sexy, and believable. If you adore best-friend love stories, this book is definitely for you! - Violet is a well-rounded teenager. She isn't defined solely by her unique body-finding ability or her relationship with Jay. She interacts with her parents, goes shopping with friends, babysits for her aunt and uncle, feels the sting of social rivalries at school, and finds herself frustratingly focused on her changing feelings toward her best friend. She also handles her paranormal talent well, deals with social pressures responsibly, and stands up to her best friend when he seems over-protective or demanding. - Violet has a healthy self-image. To pull a line directly from the text (p.122): "She never wanted to be one of those girls who looked for flaws, picking themselves apart with unjust criticisms." I really enjoyed that about Violet's personality. She isn't arrogant and she isn't totally free of insecurities, but she is self-confident and relatively comfortable in her own skin. - Jay is a good guy. He is kind and thoughtful. He genuinely cares about Violet and is not afraid to show it. He is funny and sweet, and he and Violet have basically been inseparable since the first grade. Since Jay has been her constant companion for so long, it makes sense that he feels and acts protective at times, and Violet's specific situation truly does warrant a lot of caution. I found Jay's protective nature endearing, and I liked that he listens to Violet (who isn't shy about calling him out on his missteps & won't tolerate being bossed around). I adored Jay! - The chapters from the killer's point of view are used to excellent effect and will leave readers nervous to be out alone at night. - This is a romantic thriller that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. Although it involves disturbing abductions and murders, it is never gory or graphic. Both the suspense & the romantic tension remain PG-13, yet the frightening moments are still chillingly scary & the romantic moments are still deliciously sexy. - Violet's parents care about her and are present in her everyday life. That may sound like an unusual thing to comment on, but it is surprising how often a YA protagonist's parents are dead, drug-addicted, missing, abusive, or otherwise excluded from the plot. If you are looking for a fast, suspenseful read with believable characters & a sweet romance
simple344 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book with great story line. One of my favorites.
Heather_Lynn More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you on edge. It makes you want to keep reading but with all your doors locked and under the covers hidden away. It keeps you guessing the entire time. Applause....that is all I can say about Derting. She is one awesome writer!!! If you haven't read this one...why are you still reading this review!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Original review can be found on my blog: One of my favorite books of the year. Hands down. The mystery was enough to make my stomach curl, the romance enough to make my heart flutter, the characters realistic enough to make me believe they were real, the pacing so perfect that I never was bored for one second. Unbelievable debut on Kimberly Derting's part. Unfreakinbelievable. Probably my favorite aspect was the occasional chapter from the perspective of the murderer. The thoughts in the murderers head were seriously blood curling and had that spot-on creep factor. Plus, I never knew who the killer was. I bounced back between Violet's uncle, Jay, Grady, the cops, etc. It was crazy and spectacular to read an unpredictable book for once. And usually hate third person person I feel distant from the characters. Not with The Body Finder. I feel like I know Violet like I know my best friend, even though it was in third person. Additionallllllyyyyyy the characters were not whiny when it came to hormones. The author was spot on when it came to mastering teenage emotions. Wowzers. That is rare. Kimberly Derting YOU ROCK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a page turner. You never want to set it down and when you finish you wish the story would keep going. It is suspenseful and one of my favorite books.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. I've always been a fan of the mystery/thriller genre, and I think this falls into that category rather nicely. Since it's geared towards teens, a lot of the gruesome things that come with that genre in the adult books is way toned down. My mom would have given this two thumbs up when I was way beyond child books, but she was hesitate for me to read the likes of Stephen King, etc. And I would have devoured it then, just as I did now. There were even times this book sent tingles down my spine and I'm hard to scare. The romance element just makes the book feel extremely believable. It's just the right blend with the mystery. And, at no time does it feel over done. There's no love triangle, which is refreshing. It's the simpleness of a girl starting to like her best friend, which I'm sure many teens can identify with. Overall just a wonderful book. It was great chance of pace when you enjoy young adult, but occasionally get tired of the paranormal aspect or the never ending "can't live without you" love (lust) stories. I will be reading the next in this series!
TeamJacobGirl20 More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book had everything I wanted. The absolutely PERFECT male character: Jay Heaton, and the PERFECT female character: Violet. I mean the book couldn't have failed! Kimberly Derting is AMAZING. She has just bested all the other books in my bookshelf!!!! And THAT is saying a LOT since the books I have are ones that I prize. Vi and Jay's relationship gets STEAMY in this book!! Trust me!!! She and Jay have been friends FOREVER and Vi just noticed how he's changed over the summer when she picks him up for school. Anyway, Violet has a "gift" for finding dead things. She gets "echoes" and has this need to find them, even if they are involved in serial murders!! Every three or so chapters, you'll hear the story from the killers perspective, and the first time I read it, it'll CREEP you out! But then, you relax because Violet starts finding the girls, and he becomes worried. There is suspense, AND tons of romance in this book. Which is what I LOVE in books!! For not having been an author of books, she has done an EXCELLENT job!!! You'll have closure by the end of the book, and you'll sit there saying, "Why can't all books be that good?" (: Really, it's an amazing book and totally DIFFERENT from other books I've read. I really enjoyed it, and....well, I can't ask for a sequel can I? =) Lol! 5/5 stars, completely BLOWN away. Cannot say that I didn't stay up til all hours reading this book, because I DID!!! (: Please read it, you'll be doing yourself a HUGE favor!! =) ~Lauren (:
LovemybooksKL More than 1 year ago
I finally finished this book but was not eager to read it every night like I am some. I will not be buying anymore in this series. I felt that it was drawn out and went slow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put the book down, just so many twist and turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book was amazing! It was a thriller that keeps you up at night. Every minute I had free I would be reading this book! I love a good crime but I also love romance. This book included both! I recommend this book to young adults teenagers, really anyone! So drop everything and buy this amazing book!!!!! :)
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Why did I wait so long to read The Body Finder? Last year I once read the summary and thought about it as a freaky murder mystery. Then Leanna @ Daisy Chain Book Reviews was always gushing about it and Nic @ Irresistible Reads named the male protagonist Jay her Book Boyfriend #3 and I bought The Body Finder in hope to maybe encounter a freaky murder mystery, but also a good romance. Now that I read it in only one day I need to say that this novel has so much more than just some good romance scenes. If The Body Finder weren’t about gruesome crimes, I would call the kissing scenes that, forbidden, sweet and sexy crimes! Derting knows exactly what YA fantasy fans need to experience a reading night full of anxiety and longing with an insanely good and breathtaking novel. Kimberly Derting applies the perspective of an omniscient narrator. Most of the chapters follow the story of Violet, Jay and their families and friends. In the other few chapters our narrator slips into the perspective of the serial killer. Derting shows that there doesn’t need to be a 1st person narrator to witness a character’s own voice, experience his story and learn about his feelings. Each character has his own special voice. Violet is a very natural protagonist with a distinctive sense of justice and truth. Our male protagonist Jay is strong, protective, caring and I can’t but be crazy about him. The potential for a new kind of love story is huge. This love story of Violet and Jay could be something really different, because they have been friends since they were little. Falling in love with your best friend and no stranger, not the new kid in town doesn’t sound exciting or adventurous, The Body Finder could prove the opposite. Violet and Jay have known each other for so long, they know the other. Nevertheless there is so much more to learn about each other, to adjust to the new way of seeing and exploring the other. Violet is falling in love with her best friends, but could they ever be more than that and still be happy? Derting creeped me out with a cold-hearted and mad murderer. Reading his thoughts on chasing his victims, following and choosing them was scary. She played with my mind, making me make the weirdest accusations, suspecting everyone around Violet to be guilty, involved in some way. When I paused reading to go to the bathroom I glanced over my shoulder checking several times if someone was following me, I was so paranoid! Although Violet’s gift, finding dead bodies of persons that were murdered, is supernatural, The Body Finder does not appear illogical or impossible. Hunting down the killer seemed so real, I felt involved and affected. Kimberly Derting did a great job writing her first novel, her writing style is excellent and no single page is boring or like the pages before it. I loved, loved, loved The Body Finder and am so mad that I hadn’t ordered the sequel, Desires of the Dead in advance. It took several days to get here and right after my review is posted I'll continue the sequel to The Body Finder! THE VERDICT The Body Finder unites all senses to an unbelievable reading experience. It had all to keep me hooked: a dangerous supernatural gift, a murder mystery and an even more thrilling romance! If awesome novels were echoes, The Body Finder would be strongly calling to you. A must-read, go get it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The plot was very well thought out and the characters were well rounded. My favorite characters were Jay and Violet. I loved how the author made Violet and Jay's relationship heat up. their relationship made the book so much better. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes paranormal romance like twilight or house of night.
K-Wags More than 1 year ago
The story line is great and the suspence is awesome. If you like great character writing and a small love story with great action and mystery this is the book. Vi is an awesome character although she doesn't know it and her bestfriend/boyfriend is the night in shining armor ever girl wants.
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I have been anxiously awaiting this book for months and it is finally here! This is another book that was impossible to put down. Kimberly Derting's debut novel is very different than many paranormal young adult books. She found a way to make Violet's ability seem almost natural. Throughout most of the book, the reader does not feel like they are reading a paranormal book. The love story in The Body Finder was very well written. Readers will get butterflies in their stomach right alongside Violet. OK now for a plot overview.Violet Ambrose has always had a gift (if that's what you want to call it) that allows her to locate (sometimes against her will) the remains of people/animals that experienced a violent death. Only her family and her best friend Jay know about her strange ability. Jay and Violet have been best friends since grade school but recently Violet has been wishing for more, but she is worried that he will not feel the same way. Dwelling on her feelings for Jay becomes impossible after the discovery of a girls body.followed by other disappearances. Violet is determined to catch the killer before he can kill again.what she doesn't know is that she may be the next on the list. With alternating view points (Violet and the killer) this book is also very suspenseful. I love love loved this book and I am not so patiently awaiting the sequel "Desires of the Dead." I think Kimberly Derting has a lot of talent I cant believe this is only her first novel! Amazing!!
bOoK_nErD89 More than 1 year ago
It has everything.. Suspense.. Danger.. Mystery.. Love.. Its for Adults and teenagers.. Im 21 & loved it!!
NEP More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I was a bit nervous when picking up this book. I'm not really into "morbid" reads, and I was pleasantly surprised. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Not only is it a thrilling plot, the romance is also well-written and satisfying. I'd highly recommend this book!
Morigami More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book I just knew it was going to be amazing and I couldn't be more right! The way the author described the thrilling action was just fantastic and the way she described the love in this story was better described then most of the books I read. This book was funny and made my heart race a million times faster. The love and thrill in the Body Finder was so great that I didn't know wether to cry wtih joy or scream for being so scared. This book really did keep me up all night with it's suspense. You never knew who the killer was or rather who would be killed next...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this novel. The characters were believable, the story was plausable, even with the added supernatural element. I literally couldn't put it down. The only thing I found disappointing about this book was that it is Ms. Derting's only work so far. I can't wait to see what happens next. It reminded me very much of Meg Cabot's 1-800-Missing series.
writingirl_15 More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book where the main character can find dead bodies, so I was a little apprehensive about what the book was going to be like. But I didn't have to worry- it was amazing! It had a ton of suspense and mystery and lots of romance (I wish I could pluck Jay from the book and have him all to myself) and it had raw emotion. The author didn't sugarcoat the killer's thoughts or any part of the book. It felt real, and I love that. This book is definitely worth the read.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I liked this book and I reread it already! Wondering if there’s a second one?
nbmars on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Fans of the Charlaine Harris "Harper Connelly" books may recognize the general plotline of this series: a young woman who can sense the dead, and works with law enforcement to find out where the bodies are. There are differences though, that make the Derting series worth reading.In Harris¿s books, Harper Connelly, now an adult, got her ability from being struck by lightening when she was younger. Violet Ambrose, however - the heroine of Derting¿s series, inherited her ability from her grandma, and is still just 16. Moreover, Violet cannot only sense ¿echoes¿ from the dead bodies, but can detect corresponding echoes from the killers. Because of this, there are some great suspenseful moments in the Derting books. The author also injects plenty of high school and coming-of-age elements into her series, which makes them much lighter than the Harris books.Violet senses animals that were killed (as prey) as well as people. Somehow the dead call out to Violet by emitting an energy ¿ ¿a sensory echo¿ that acts like a beacon so she can find them. The echo can be a smell or burst of color or taste or sound. The echo persists until she finds the source and provides or arranges for a proper burial.She is aided in her efforts by Jay Heaton, who has been her best friend since they were six. Jay is the only friend who is aware of her abilities, but her family is also. Her uncle, the Chief of Police, knows that when Violet calls him, he needs to get there right away. Additionally, through his sense of humor he provides her with much-appreciated perspective: "[Uncle Stephen hugged Violet after she found a body.] When he finally released her so she could breathe again, he slipped an arm loosely, but protectively, around her shoulders. `Geez, Vi, sucks to be you sometimes, doesn¿t it?¿¿Evaluation: I tore through this book like a package of M&M¿s. It is both a fun YA book and a suspenseful mystery story, all in one package.
xXlovelyxladyXx on LibraryThing 11 months ago
You know, books like these really make me stop and ask book lovers like myself a really important question. WHY OH WHY DID IT TAKE ME SO LONG TO READ THIS? SERIOUSLY! This book has been sitting on my shelf now for months. I remember it being on my to-read list for god knows how long and how excited I was to read it but after I bought it, I just didn't pick it up again. And now that I have read it...I have to say that I am amazed!I mean, when I first started reading this, my rating for the book was like a four and I was only mildly impressed by what I was reading. But then the excitement really picked up. I was actually shocked to be so drawn in by a character in the 3rd person but Violet certainly had mine after the first 50 or so pages. I found her to be quite enjoyable, not one of my favorite YA characters but by far better than most. I am really looking forward to what happens to her in the next book because Derting has left me desperate for more.And then of course...there's Jay! *swoon* Now I FINALLY see why the bloggers are all obsessed with this guy! Seriously, how could you not be? He's an actually sweet guy that doesn't seem like a girl dressed in drag. Plus he had his super cute moments, especially when he tried to make her jealous, which is something A LOT of guys do. The only problem I had with him is that I felt Jay lacked character. I would have loved to see more of him, get a greater feel of his personality and that's the only real problem I had with this book. I'm hoping that he develops some life in the sequel.And the plot. Holy crap! At first, when I started reading the predators POV, I was pretty skeptical. I kept thinking, 'This is a little dumb' and I kind of laughed at each of the kidnappings (I have a twisted sense of humor). But then I realized just how much of the book was affecting me. It was so wonderfully crafted that my heart would pound and when it was dark, I honestly had to look over my shoulder to see if I was being followed. I couldn't even have the lights off because I was so chilled to the bone by the ending. But the read was well worth it.Long story short, I absolutely loved Derting's debut. I can't stop asking myself why why why did I wait so long to read this book and I'm just so excited to get my hands on the sequel, Desires of the Dead, which is out in my bookstore so I'll be getting that in a few weeks. :)Rating: 4.9 out of 5 Stars
Kr15tina on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Scared the crap out of me! This was my 1st murder type book and after I was finished I really want to take self defense classes. But it was very gripping and intriguing throughout the whole book. I like the characters and it got super creepy when it went into the murder's POV and him searching for his victim and than how to hook them with the perfect phrase to gain their trust. I will be reading the second book when it comes out.
lyricaltwin on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A thrilling, raw book where the protaganist - Violet - can sense dead things. When a serial killer starts attacking girls around her hometown, can she use her gift to catch him? As she tries to help track him down and put him behind bars, he finds a new target: her. Great book.