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Fright Fest: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Posted by Caitie F on October 11, 2010

Jenn’s Bookshelves is hosting Fright Fest this month and I thought I would review some of the best scary/paranormal books I am reading!

Title: The Body Finder
Author: KImberly Derting
Hardcover: 329 pages
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: 9780061779817
Rating: +++++

Summary (from inside flap):

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the 16-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 dad 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 become his prey herself.


Right now, there are a LOT of paranormal books with creatures: vampires, angels, werewolves, etc. Many of those feel the same and that has turned me off from most paranormal books. This was a GREAT example of paranormal without creatures. Violet has an ability in our world that makes her special and interesting, without turning her into something else.

It also does a great job of interlocking the mystery/suspense with a good young adult situations and issues like romance, friendship, and even abuse.

My one problem is that I had an idea of the serial killer from the beginning. I didn’t know exactly who it was, but I had a feeling what their occupation is. Maybe I have just read too many mysteries. I do not think it was predictable, it just was not completely unpredictable. There were aspects that were unexpected and it had be wondering until the very end.

It was also a relatively scary book. There were chapters from the bad guy’s perspective which had him taking the girls and his thoughts were pretty terrifying. He felt power and satisfaction from abducting them. If I was a teenager, it definitely would make me never walk anywhere outside alone.

All around, it was a great book. I thought the writing was fantastic and they way the writer told the story had some creativity. If anyone asks me waht paranormal minus creatures looks like, I would send them to this book.

What is your favorite paranormal book that doesn’t have a being? Let me know in the comments so I can check it out!


2 Responses to “Fright Fest: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting”

  1. […] About Forever by Sarah Dessen 45. The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 46. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting 47. I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan 48. The Dark Divine by Bree […]

  2. […] About Forever by Sarah Dessen 45. The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 46. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting 47. I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan 48. The Dark Divine by […]

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