The Body Finder
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 wor...more
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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 will be le ...more
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
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
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
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 killer an ...more
That's all I have to say. I got this for $1.9 ...more
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 bo ...more
Let me say a few words about Jay. Jay is the perfect best friend and later on the perfect boyfriend, prob ...more
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
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
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
A quick, fast-paced read that I almost finished in one day. I literally had to slow down so I didn't have two reviews to write in the same day because I was just reading THAT fast. TBF was one of those stories that while it wasn't anything new or groundbreaking, it was fun and took me away from the real world for a bit. It was an escape from reality and it was a change of pace-it came at the perfect time.
He reached out, capturing her hand in his. He laced his fingers casually through ...more
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
Oh my gosh!
I loved this book, so much. I didn't know what to expect going into this, all I knew was that the blurb had me intrigued. The body finder had everything I look for in a book; a little bit of romance and not only were the main characters amazing and the plot intriguing, but Kimberly Derting's writing style really added to the thrilling side of the novel.
I really enjoyed the romance within the book and liked how it wasn't insta love or rush and how it intertwined with the p ...more
The book seemed like many of the suspense books I read years ago. The "body finder" angle didn't even seem or ...more
Isn't Jay the perfect boyfriend ever? :D
I just LOVED the romance in this book. It felt real for once, you get know why Vi loved Jay - and it was not just a silly crush over his messy hair, or deep eyes or any other thing like that - and you get to love him too for being such a sweet guy. That's because he is so nice to her, always supportive, understanding her (no need for words) and so romantic, and funny.. They are perfect for each other and you get to feel that. For the first time I felt ...more
1.) Do not sprain your ankle when there is a killer on the loose and he has pegged you as his next victim.
2.) Do not go into an empty washroom located in a dark, abandoned hallway when there is a killer on the loose and he has pegged you as his next victim.
3.) If your boyfriend pins you down and forces you to tell him you love him, you may want to re-evaluate your relationship with him.
4.) If your friends lead you towards an empty washroom located in a dark, abandoned hallway wh ...more
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Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and both THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections.
These days, she spends entirely too much time ordering stuff off the Inter ...more
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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.”
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”