The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1)
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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 that the dead leave behind in th...more
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by HarperCollins Children's Books
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Sarah MacLean
scary thriller + yummy romance = book that made me miss my subway stop.

yes. it's that good.
Alyssa
This review has been edited since its original posting.

I normally won’t touch books that I didn’t finish because I think it’s unfair for me to judge without thoroughly examining the product. The Body Finder is one of the rare exceptions because I hated this book so much I just need to – and I mean need to - a) warn my great Goodreading friends to stay away b), get this piece of work out of my mind for good and c) vent. But just a little bit.

So, I’ll skip the intro and get right to the dirty:

1)...more
Janina
It's a little bit difficult for me to rate this book.
Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it in parts and it was definitely not boring (I finished it in a few hours), but I had expected more.

Violet can sense echoes; feelings, smells, colours or sounds left behind by murder victims, which not only make it possible for her to locate dead bodies but also to find their murderer.
So far, she mostly had to deal with dead animals, but when a cruel serial killer is on the loose in her hometown, she believes...more
Sara Grochowski
REVIEW ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST 2009

Okay, I realize that it is ridiculously early to be posting a review of this book, but really, with a book this good, who cares?

I am, quite simply, in love with this book! I read it three days ago and I'm still in love with it. I'm considering rereading it - I RARELY EVER reread books!

The Body Finder has so many elements that really appealed to me. Firstly, I found the serial killer and murder mystery aspect of the book really well done. I'm a big fan of show...more
Steph
The Body Finder is an unfortunate example of wasted potential. I am sad to say that, because I feel that Kimberly Derting throws out some great ideas, ones that could have been amazing, but inevitably fell short and got buried under a nauseating romantic plot and a sea of characters who were nothing more than stereotypes.

I loved the beginning of the novel. We start off with a young Violet finding the body of a dead child. If the whole story had followed in the footsteps of the prologue/first cha...more
Nomes
2.5 stars

This is a hard one for me to rate. First off, I flew through it - it's an easy and fairly addictive read - but I don't think it's a book that will linger or be a favourite.

For a serial killer book, it wasn't that creepy and there weren't clues for the reader to feel a part of the investigation (which is part of the thrill for me as a reader). I can't help but think of books in this similar genre in Adult fiction which pack a lot more punch, and maybe it's unfair to compare a YA novel wi...more
Lucy
Two stars because it was compelling enough for me to finish, although I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. There's a lot of telling in this book. Whole scenes are told to you instead of actually occurring in a way you can read about them. The author would benefit from a basic writing class or twelve. There are numerous interactions between Violet and a boy who is not her love interest but rather an obstacle before her love interest. This interactions are unimportant, at least according to the...more
Nan
Feb 28, 2011 Nan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
This book sucked.

I won't go into great detail about how badly this book sucked, because if you're drawn to it, you'll probably have to find out on your own. But suck it did.

Derting's book has an interesting premise; her main character, Violet, can sense the location of murder victims. Her gift is hereditary, and she inherited it from her grandmother. Everyone in her family, and her best friend Jay, know about the gift. As a small child, she found the location of a murdered girl. For some time af...more
Annie Brewer
Jan 31, 2012 Annie Brewer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every freaking one!!
Recommended to Annie by: Vee-you rock!!
Ohhhhhh. Emmmmm. Geeeeeeeee.! This is my new favorite series!!!! Holy crappadoodle!!! Fdgdrtesacvnkoyessxcnooyrecbhtrd hfdh. Yea that's what I said! Review to come as soon as my head clears!! This book left me speechless!!!!!




Okay, I think I am composed enough to write this review now. Sorry, my head was reeling from the events that took place before my very fearful eyes. WHEW!!!! It was a whirlwind for sure. So, upon reading this, I had bought this book along with its sequel about 3 months ago....more
Megan
Jun 01, 2010 Megan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Bella Swan
I don't remember what inspired me to add this to my TBR list, but possibly I was swayed by all of the 4 & 5 star reviews. Unfortunately, there are sooo many reasons I disliked this book, that I don't even know where to begin :( So, rather than writing a proper review, I'm just making a list of issues, starting with:

Violet's "power" We learn that Violet, the protagonist, has the ability to sense dead people & animals. Basically, she feels an overwhelming pull in a certain direction and wi...more
Melissa Marr
The blurb sent to the editor: “The romance and the mystery in The Body Finder were intense enough 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.”
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

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 chi...more
Flannery
If I were to compile a list of the times characters in books make ridiculously stupid decisions, Violet Ambrose would fill several slots in the top 40 or so. There are at least 10 conversations in this book about how Violet should never go anywhere alone and they ALL end up with her being somewhere alone almost directly after each one. I wanted to punch her in the face. But, as you can see, I gave it three stars. Why? Well, mostly because Jay is a pretty adorable character. I liked their friends...more
AH
The Body Finder is the story of Violet Ambrose. Violet is a normal high school student in every way but one: She can find the imprint of dead people and she can sense people that have had contact with the dead. This gift becomes handy because there is a serial killer on the loose in her town. At a party by the lake, Violet and her best friend Jay find one of the killer's victims in the lake.

Let me say a few words about Jay. Jay is the perfect best friend and later on the perfect boyfriend, prob...more
Lindsay
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

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...more
Kristi
Another great debut to add to the list!

The Body Finder is one of those can't flip the pages fast enough novels. And the point of view chapters from the serial killer added a creep factor like no other ya novel I've read! It was enough to make afraid to be out alone at night...!

I loved the relationship between Jay and Violet. It's so very obvious that they both have feelings for each other and watching their relationship progress was probably my most favorite aspect of the novel. It really balanc...more
Amy Plum
Someone warned me I would fall for Jay. They were right. What a sweet "first love" story (with lots of kissing!). Add a horrific murder mystery and a new paranormal mythology, and it was definitely a page-turning fun read. I'm definitely buying the sequel!
Julia
This book is readable & will probably appeal to some teens. That makes me sad.

Sorry to those of you who liked it, but this book has more flaws than I can count. The premise of a girl with a supernatural ability to sense (hear, smell, see, etc.) murder victims and their killers was a cool one. The problem is that the mystery had flaws. It was not solvable by the reader - despite reading occasional mini-chapters from the killer's point of view - because the reader doesn't really meet the kille...more
Crystal
WOW! I cannot believe that I waited so long to read this! This is the second book that I have read where the two main love interests have known each other since they were anklebiters and I am loving this concept. Violet and Jay are one of my favorite couples of all time and really I could squee and gush about them forever.
The story is far from simple. Violet ever since she can remember has been able to sense death in a variety of ways. She sees, tastes, or feels an "echo" from a dead body or fro...more
Heather
Jul 07, 2011 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, ya
The Body Finder turned out to be quite the little gem. I was in one of those moods were I couldn’t decide what type of book I wanted to read, I just knew that whatever I began reading needed to be something that I could immerse myself in. The Body Finder fit that bill perfectly.

I know, the premise sounds a bit hokey. It does seem significantly impossible to imagine a girl who can sense dead bodies, right? But I’m here to tell you that somehow this author made Violet’s quirky and rather icky tale...more
Morgan F
Sixteen year old Violet Ambrose is like any other teenager except she has the ability to sense the murdered. Whether it is a mouse that her cat killed, or the girl she found buried in the woods when she was little, the murdered and the things that killed them are tainted by echoes, which can be sounds, sights, and smells. Despite this morbid ability, Violet has always had the support of her family and her best friend, Jay. But now there is a serial killer loose in town, one that is killing young...more
Mara
My positive remarks about this book happen to be many. The romance is actually healthy, in that it isn't a love at first emotional abuse situation. Violet and Jay slowly fall into love from friendship, which is quite refreshing. Also, the killer is actually convincing. Derting presents his sections of the story in a manner that was intriguing and knowledgeable without becoming ridiculous or campy. Violet is dense, but likable and easy to relate to. Jay doesn't really creep me out. All good thing...more
Mizuki
Oh. My. Goodness.

ONE HELL OF AN AWFUL BOOK IT IS.

It took forever for me to finish this book, and I don't enjoy a mere second of it. Yes, reading The Body Finder is as painful as having my teeth pulled out one by one.




Get the picture now?

You may want to know, just how bad The Body Finder actually is?

Well, let me tell you one thing: You just know something must have gone terribly wrong with a book when you would rather read about an evil serial killer kidnapping and hurting innocent girls than rea...more
Lora
Gave up somewhere between page 100 and 120. The thing is, I love the friends-before-lovers scenario.

I blame it on the writing.
Krys
Violet Ambrose has a strange ability. Since she was a little girl she is able to sense the bodies of dead animals. At first this seems to be an innocuous oddity until one day at 8 years of age she finds a body in the woods behind her parents home. Years later, now a junior in high school, a rash of kidnappings/murders flourishes among the local girls and Violet decides to use her unique ability to track down the killer.

Juxtaposed with this intense thriller of a story lies another one... a sweet...more
Kim
This is the first book I read on my Kindle and I enjoyed it immensely. At first I thought the story was pretty predictable, because after a few chapters I was so sure I figured out who the killer was. (I'm such a clever girl *beams*) Turns out I was absolutely wrong, thank god. ^^

I would have liked to read more about the motive behind the killings. They are explained, but very very briefly. This will make me sound like total wack job but serial killers are interesting people if you look at them...more
Carolina
As much as I wanted to read this book, I’ll admit that a small part of me was a little nervous to do so because I don’t do well with scary stuff. And something about a girl who can sense the echoes the dead leave behind was just a hair terrifying to me. But it turns out my fears were unnecessary. While it was gripping and suspenseful, it didn’t have the fear factor of something like Psycho or Silence of the Lambs (thank heavens). Yes, there’s some serial killer action in this, but Derting handle...more
Liza Gilbert
I consider the main theme of this book to be Priorities Out of Whack, or Which Story Am I Reading?

Story 1: Violet has the ability to find dead things, especially things or people that have been murdered. When a serial killer strikes and then starts stalking Violet, she must act to save herself and those she loves.

Story 2: Oh. My. God. Jay is Sooooo HAWT! I know he's my bff, but suddenly I want him.

One would rationally think that having a supernatural power and being caught up in string of murder...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker
This book is a young adult book. I'm in my thirties. Okay, so maybe I'm not giving the book a fair chance. So, I took my 14 year old daughter, and read some of the dialogue between the two main characters (both in their teens). She laughed and said "who in their right mind would ever talk like that". Ok, so maybe it was because I was reading her the dialogue out of context. I don't know.

The book seemed like many of the suspense books I read years ago. The "body finder" angle didn't even seem or...more
Yan
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Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins), THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster), and THE TAKING trilogy (HarperTeen). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.
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“He loved her.
Jay Heaton, her best friend since childhood was in love with her. He didn't say it but she knew that it was true.
And the part that really freaked her out, the part that caught her completely off guard, is that he wasn't alone. Because even though she'd been denying it for a long, long time, it had always been there... waiting beneath the surface of their friendship. And now that it was out there was no going back.
And it was so weird to even be thinking it but...... she was in love with him too.”
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“What are you doing here?" she asked as she slowed from a jog to a walk and placed her hands on her hips. It would take her a few minutes to get her breathing back to normal. Longer if he kept smiling at her like that.
He shrugged. "I couldn't sleep. What about you?"
She opted for the obvious and filled her voice with as much sarcasm as she could. "I live here, actually”
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