Saturday, July 2, 2011

Ivy's Review on The Body Finder

The Body Finder
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Source: Bought
Rating: Escapable
The Other Books: Desires of the Dead, The Last Echo, Untitled #4
Extras: Trailer
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 world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer – and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
This review was updated by May 10, 2012.
Another simple cover, yet so beautiful. The title is what got my attention. 
Before they were buried, before they were properly laid to rest, those animals left behind would call out to Violet. They would emit an energy―a sensory echo―in the wake of their murder, like a beacon that only she could find, letting her know where they'd been discarded. It could be anything. . . a smell, a burst of color, a taste in the back of her mouth, or a combination of several sensations at once.
I saw Kimberly on the Dark Days of Supernatural Tour, so I had to check out her series. And oh my god, what can I say? I just absolutely love mystery stories.

Kimberly Derting… ah… what an amazing author. She is now tied with my other favorite author, Lisa McMann. Not only is there a chilling mystery, she also brought a little romance to the story.

The beginning of the book sets into Violet’s young life when she discovered her first body. She hears these echoes that draw her to the body. Creepy, yet it does make you want to read more.

Violet is pretty much a normal teen. She has parents, friends, homework, and of course an unexpected crush. Violet is falling for her best friend Jay. Every girl has noticed that Jay has changed over the summer. He’s grown up and man does he sound hot. Violet is determined to keep her feelings for him away, and try to keep their friendship going. But it’s difficult not to get jealous when other girls are drooling over him.

When they are at a lake party, Violet discovers a body. After that moment, a couple other deaths happen, and Violet is getting more involved into finding the murderer. Violet and Jay also become closer to each other, and their relationship starts to move forward from just a friendship. There are some breath-taking moments between the two; it’s hard not to fall in love.

As the story continues, you also get in the kidnapper’s view of things. He is determined to find girls that are alone. Kimberly does bring in some awesome twists, and you are seriously thinking that he is going to get Violet at some points.

This book practically gives you everything for a thrilling read. You will not be disappointed if you bought this book. SO, just buy it.

Violet was my favorite character, even though she has this strange gift, she owns it and uses it to find the murderer. That takes a lot of bravery.

And the ending! It was simply amazing, I was holding my breath while reading it. Thank god I read fast.
Kimberly has revealed the third book in the series and it has the same flower type of beautiful cover. It is called The Last Echo.


  1. I just read this book and saw you are reading the sequel. I wondering is teh sequel as good as the first? Is there more mystery/drama?

  2. I haven't gotten far because I am only on Ch. 6. So far, it is almost as thrilling as the first but I have to read it all the way to the end. Definitely more mystery and drama though. Jay and Violet's romance is blooming, but I feel like there is something going to happen to them. Read to find out! -Ivy