Title: The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
Genre/Audience: Paranormal, young adult
Publication: Harper Teen, 2010
Violet Ambrose is your typical teenager… except that she can sense dead bodies. Recently murdered bodies call out to her with an “echo,” which can be a scent, sound, etc. The killer of each body has the same matching echo, forever linking the two together. When a serial killer comes to her town and starts killing teenage girls, Violet is eager to find the killer by searching for the echo she discovered on one of his victims. Searching alongsider her is her best friend, turned love interest, Jay. She’s desperate to find the killer before he kills again, or catches on to her…
I finished this one awhile ago but have struggled with writing the review because I didn’t love the book, nor did I hate it. I’m kinda “meh” about it, and those are the hardest reviews to write, are they not?! I really have no feelings either way on this book, and most of my reviews are based on emotion. Maybe that’s not the best way to review, but that’s how I roll.
So. I thought this book was good and interesting enough, but surprisingly, it never grabbed me! I thought it was cool that some of the chapters were from the POV of the killer, but all in all, this book was lacking the suspense and creepy factor I was hoping for. I also didn’t like the romance angle. It was lackluster and seemed to be lacking chemistry. While they made a good couple and I was rooting for them, I just wasn’t feeling it. I had been waiting to read this book FOREVER, and was so excited that it was on the books I could read for my YA Lit class for library school, but I was kind of disappointed. I know a ton of people who have read and LOVED it though, so don’t let my thoughts deter you from reading it. It just never clicked with me. I’d say it’s worth a read if you’re into paranormal YA’s, but definitely not a re-read for me. I don’t think I’ll continue on with the series either.
My Rating: 3/5