Release Date: March 16th, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
*I own a copy of this book.
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.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping 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 book was all kinds of awesome. It wasn’t perfect, but man, I loved it. Really! The whole idea of Violet sensing echoes from the dead and murderers was just so cool. Every body had a different echo and whoever or whatever killed it carried the same echo. Violet was able to sense the killer in this way. Some echoes were sounds, some were visual, etc. Super cool.
The writing. It was gorgeous. Like seriously. I love beautiful prose. It blows me away every time. It just flowed so well and really was almost calming to my senses. I hope all of her books are like this because I am a huge fan already! I’m not a fan of the cover, but whatever.
I love ANY book set in the Pacific Northwest. It is such a mysterious and mesmerizing setting. I fell in love with the location through Twilight. Obviously. I think Stephenie Meyer’s imagery was fantastic. Kimberly Derting did a nice job, but I didn’t feel the impact quite as much. It was still good though. I liked the fact that the locations in the book really existed.
Things I thought could’ve been better: The end. What the heck? That crap was like a throwback to Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine novels of the 90’s. It was so cliche and a bit corny. I wanted to give it five stars, but because of the way it ended I just couldn’t.
Oh, and I can’t end the review without mentioning how much I loved Jay. I thought he was super sexy and he was like the perfect boyfriend that every girl always wants and never gets. He could have been a bit more flawed, but for some reason it didn’t bother me here. I think he was just amazing. I love how Violet and Jay were BFF’s before they started dating. I thought it was cute and something new that I haven’t read about before. Or at least not lately.
Anyway, I can see why everyone loved The Body Finder. It was a lot of fun and I will be reading the next book as soon as I can. I’m really anxious to see where the story goes. I like the characters, but I don’t love them. I’m hoping that changes as the series continues.