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.
Wow. This book was AMAZING. The debut novel of Kimberly Derting will keep you glued to the book, frantically flipping the pages to see where the story goes next. It's a chilling tale of a teenage girl with a unique ability of finding dead bodies, and the ability to sense echoes of the heinous crimes on the people who commit awful acts. The story follows Violet as she makes the brave and courageous decision to use her gifts to stop a serial killer, one who is preying on young girls from her town.
The suspense will literally drive you crazy in this book and the truly unusual look into the mind of the killer will horrify and enthrall you. There were times when I could feel goosebumps rising on my arms... putting yourself into the mind of a murderer is scary as hell, but also super intriguing.
On top of a chilling and suspenseful tale, there is also a heartwarming story of romance in this book. We watch as Violet and her best friend, Jay, realize that their feelings for one another far surpass the friendship that they have always known. Jay is the epitome of what you're looking for in a lit crush: Devastatingly good looking, protective, sweet, loving, attentive... I could go on and on. The scenes between him and Violet once they realize their true feelings for one another? RAWR. Very good stuff.
I highly recommend this book to... well, everyone, haha. Can you tell I liked it? It is suspenseful, the writing is wonderful, the characters are relatable, the romance is swoon-worthy, and the ending makes your jaw drop. Add to that a cast of secondary characters, mainly Violet's parents and uncle, that are wonderful as well, and you've got the makings of a truly amazing read. Cannot wait to see what Kimberly Derting has for us in the sequel! What are you still doing reading this? Go find The Body Finder NOW. You won't regret it. Happy Reading! *XOXO*