A serial killer on the loose.
A girl with a morbid ability.
And the boy who would never let anything happen to her.
There are so many books coming out in the first quarter of 2010, but there are a few that caught my attention. The Body Finder is one of those books. I first heard about it on the 2010: A Book Odyssey, a website celebrating the debut authors whose books are being released this year. (See the "Tenners" widget on my left sidebar).
The Body Finder caught my eye because it sounded original, hinted at the promise of a love story, and had an element of the supernatural without being about vampires...again.
From the time she was eight years old, Violet has had the ability to hear the echo of a dead body -- human or not. Each death gives off its own sound, smell or echo, and Violet can sense not only the location of the body, but the hunter, animal, or murderer responsible for the death as well. The predators also carry with them a unique imprint of their prey. Violet has been able to block most of these echoes, which usually consist of her own cat's murderous tendency to bring home the marks of his various mice and whatnot. That is, until a serial killer starts kidnapping girls too close to home, and she may be the only one who can help catch a monster.
Her best friend, Jay, has been by her side since the beginning. He is the only person outside her own family who knows of her strange ability. He is protective of her, yet there is a comfortable relationship between them, almost like a brother and a sister. But, maybe, there could be more...
I really enjoyed this book when I first read it a few months ago, and it has stuck with me ever since. It was as original as I thought it would be, well written, and perfectly paced. I loved the tender relationship between Violet and Jay. It is a perfect match, without it seeping into the sugary-sweet. There is a strong connection between the two, but I don't think the author overdid it or crossed the line for the Young Adult audience. We all need a Jay in our lives.
Now to the action. Kimberly Derting has the ability to get a reader's heart pumping. There were moments in the book where I thought, "Oh no, oh no, oh no!" but then she twists it at the last second to reveal something you're not expecting. I would literally hold my breath until I could let out a sigh of relief...or at least I hoped I could!
Part thriller, part love story, and part supernatural fantasy. Well done!
Parents' Note: There is teenage drinking, references to some drug use, and some talk of sex but nothing graphic.
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Kimberly Derting's second novel, Desires of the Dead, is due out in 2011.
About the Book:
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (March 16, 2010)
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