Violet Ambrose sees dead people, well, not quite like that, but she does have a secret ability where is able to sense an echo/imprint of a dead body. It’s something she has been able to do since childhood. Despite this, Violet is a normal 16 year old girl with a piece of shit car and finally noticing the changing body of her best friend/boy next door Jay. However, matters become complicated when it’s discovered that a serial killer is on the loose in their small town.
When I first bought The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting for my kindle, it was only $1.99 and kind of an impulse purchase. Kids, I highly enjoyed The Body Finder. I went in with few expectations and ended up pleasantly surprised.
I mean, Violet is an idiot at some parts and totally that character you yell at in a horror movie. But she’s not a Mary Sue. She acts like a regular teen despite her ability. Also, she has friends outside of her crush/love interest and spends time with them. I love that we actually got a scene where Violet and her friends go shopping for the big dance, because that is such a normal teenage thing to do. And well, it’s nice to see pieces of normality in a paranormal book.
Another big awesome piece of The Body Finder? The relationship dynamic between Violet and Jay. Guys, this totally does not fall into the what the hell that doesn’t happen in real life category. There isn’t some weird triangle. People fall in love with their friends ALL THE TIME. Also, some people grow up a whole lot better than others, and well apparently Jay was blessed with great genetics, as he’s written to be a real looker. BUT, even though he has a rockin bod he is not a douche AT ALL. I know, I know, stop the presses there’s a male character who isn’t acting the jerk. Yay, I say, YAY for a legit nice guy who is portrayed as attractive.
Thrown into the mix are chapters from the killer’s point of view. These chapters left me guessing, but added creepiness. Also it’s nice to read chapters not from the head of a teenage girl once in awhile, because frankly teenagers get annoying.
Kimberly Derting’s debut is a chilling read, perfect for the fall, as it takes place in, you guessed it, FALL! If you are down for legit relationships, a unique paranormal take, and serial killers, hit this bad boy up.
Also stay tuned for my review of Desires Of The Dead!
Disclosure: Purchased copy.
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