The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 327 pages 
Genera: Urban Fantasy
Subjects: paranormal, romance, I see dead people

[Goodreads Summary]
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 really just a meh book. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. It was just meh. I really loved it in the beginning. The story was interesting and unique, sort of mystery with a touch of X-Men.

Then, I realized it was a high school romance.

The story was good when it was about the killer, when it was about a highschool romance, I zoned out. This book was supposed to be about a girl hunting for a killer. It wasn’t.

Violet was bland. There was nothing new to her. She saw/heard/smelled dead bodies, but other than that there was nothing there. She wasn’t a bad narrator, she just wasn’t a good one.

Jay was typical YA heart-throb. Except he wasn’t moody, broody, or otherwise trying to be emo and failing. So Derting deserves some credit for that.

There wasn’t much to be said about any other characters. They were the only two who were fleshed out. As for the serial killer, you don’t even know his name (unless I missed something crucial…). He doesn’t have a personality other than “I’m pedophile o.o”.  Yeah…. boring.

As I said before, the idea is very intriguing, until it’s a romance story (and warning: heavy romance). The plot is very predictable. It isn’t much of a mystery, more of a how many dead bodies can we find in between making out story.

Which I found boring.

What I liked and disliked:

  • Chapters with the POV of the serial killer
  • interesting plot
  • Tolerable love interest


  • unnecessary romance
  • Potential wasn’t reached
  • Waste of a MC
  • Waste of a love interest

In conclusion:
The romance focus might interest some, but it just wasn’t for me. It never hurts to try it (unless it does of course). On Goodreads, 2 stars means “It was okay” and it was.


Favorite Character: Jay
Favorite Quote: N/A
Rating: ★★☆☆☆


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