Author: Kimberly Derting
Classification: YA Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Source: The public library
Would I read it again?
Summary (from Goodreads):
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 murdererâ€”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.
The Body Finder was a great read overall! I enjoyed the way Violetâ€™s strange gift allowed the book to flow quickly and gave it a more thriller-like feel. However, I did find that in places, Dertingâ€™s pacing was seriously lacking. I felt like I was suddenly plunged from gut-wrenching suspense into everyday life like it was nothing at all, which is probably the reason why the book was so accessible. It felt more real than other modern thrillers, which was both frustrating and refreshing.
I also loved the way that Derting dealt with Violet and Jayâ€™s relationship. She did a great job of merging their friendship into romance without feeling trite or cheesy. Well, there were certainly a few cheesy moments, but I have yet to read a YA novel that hasnâ€™t had them.
Also, the premise for the entire novel is also very intriguing and unique. However, I would love for there to be some kind of explanation for Violetâ€™s ability, perhaps involving some other paranormal aspects to keep the excitement alive.
Originally posted on Redhead Heroines - Book Review of Young Adult Fiction.