The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by Kimberly Derting
Summary: 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 the fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer–and Violet is unnevered 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. (Source: Goodreads)
Review: 5 Stars I think this was my first YA thriller. It was a refreshing change of pace. I have been reading a lot of great books, but the storylines can be similar. This was different from the trend.
Violet and Jay have a long history together. They have been best friends since 1st grade. Both of them aren’t sure if this friendship will continue the way it has always been or change. Jay is the only one outside her family that knows about her gift. Her personal animal graveyard is sweet in a disturbing way–it exposes the sweet soul of Violet and her family that support her. The Body Finder is one of the sweetest romances I have read–falling in love with your best friend is the ultimate. Jay is awesome.
Now the THRILLER part–someone is preying on young girls. Not only preying on them, he is killing them and dumping their bodies. Even more disturbing is when Kimberly writes from their point of view. It was really hard to read those parts. All my motherly instincts were screaming and on nerve. I tossed and turned in bed. It was so real that it totally messed with my sleep. WARNING!!! There is a double climax around page 138ish. I had to re-read to make sure I didn’t miss anything–it gave me a figurative heart attack. Your nerves won’t get any rest till the very end.
Parental Guidance: There is some language, drinking at a party, some serious kissing to an extent once that things just stop short of going farther BUT the abductions are what caused me to place this at high school age for my daughter.
This was my first YA geeking moment. I wish I could have met Kimberly in person, but I took advantage of the WA B&N offer.
Don’t be afraid of library ebook lending. I originally checked it out on my nook. I loved it so much I paid the hardcover full-price for both books.
Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2) by Kimberly Derting
Summary: Violet can sense the echoes of those who’ve been murdered–and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.
As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she’d turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike’s tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger. (Source: Goodreads)
Review: 5 Stars Wonderful. Kimberly beautifully mingles the suspense and romance together. Violet gets a little on the emotional and dramatic side, but that is what happens when relationships get more intimate and you are hiding your gift. Jay and Violet together is warming to the heart–so sweet. It had me tweeting things, like “so did they?” and I think I almost cried. Violet puts herself into several dangerous situations as the echoes call to her. The suspenseful parts had me doing the reading equivalent of hiding my eyes.
Parental Guidance: some language, including the F-bomb and one serious sexual situation.
Next Up for Kimberly Derting
The Pledge Releases November 15, 2011
Untitled (Body Finder #3) in 2012