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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
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Feb 04, 2010

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bookshelves: 3-star, paranormal, thriller-suspense, young-adult

Whoa, a book about a girl who finds dead bodies? Believe it or not, that wasn’t enough to put this book at the top of my TBR pile. However, once I heard that the story had a bit of romance, I had to get my hands on it. A lot of reviewers have raved about how great this book is, so I went in thinking I’d love it. Derting did a fantastic job of creeping me out, but in other respects this book fell a bit short for me.

This is going to sound creepy, but my absolute favorite part of The Body Finder were the chapters from the perspective of the serial killer. They were exceptionally well done and incredibly well done. Derting’s best writing was definitely tucked into those chapters.

Otherwise, though, I have to say that I didn’t fall in love with Derting’s writing. It was a bit too bland for me, and in some places tired too hard to make its point. The plot, however, had me turning the pages late into the night. Sure, I could take a vague stab at who the killer was (no pun intended), but I didn’t nail it until it was spelled out for me.

What really didn’t work for me, though, was the characters in The Body Finder. Violet and Jay seem to have a pretty big fan base for their relationship, and I did think that they were sweet together. My biggest problem was that Jay didn’t seem to have much have a character--it was obvious right away that he loved Violet and wanted to protect her, but there wasn’t much too him besides that. Does he play football? Collect Star Trek memorabilia? Read in his spare time? I love a character with passions, interests and hobbies and Jay lacked those.

All of the books I’ve read and reviews I’ve written for this blog have taught me that I’m a very picky reader. I care about the writing and characters, and Derting’s story didn’t do as much for me in those respects as I hoped. However, I think that this story is perfect for anyone looking for a quirky, quick and disturbing read.

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Reading Progress

February 4, 2010 – Shelved
Started Reading
March 1, 2011 – Finished Reading
March 13, 2011 –
page 157
March 14, 2011 –
page 336
March 26, 2011 – Shelved as: 3-star
March 26, 2011 – Shelved as: paranormal
March 26, 2011 – Shelved as: thriller-suspense
March 26, 2011 – Shelved as: young-adult

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