The Body FinderKimberly Derting
"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 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 the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him." Description Goodreads
The Body Finder is a difficult one to review. A lot of people really seem to enjoy this book, and I can see why. The storyline is interesting, and it's original (kind of). The problem that I had with it was that I found parts of it to be executed badly, in that I don't think Derting fully achieved its potential.
Although there are numerous murders, and somewhat gory descriptions. I personally found that I didn't care enough. I also found that the romance overtook the rest of the storyline. It would have benefitted from more focus on the murders, and less on Jay. There was -no- angst really, or even all that much of an intense relationship. All in all the romance was quite bland.
I did like Chelsea though, who was Vi's bestfriend and she added a little spark to the book. There were some really good parts, and i did enjoy the murders p.o.v as it's a rarity in books.The body finder is worth a read.
I give it three milky way magic stars