The Body Finder
by Kimberly Derting

Harper Teen, 2010. ISBN 978-0-061-77981-7.
Reviewed by Becca Taylor
Posted on 02/23/2010

Fiction: Paranormal; Teen/Girls

Violet Ambrose is like any other sixteen-year-old girl. She's not a morning person, she sometimes feels uncomfortable in her own skin, and has a crush on a boy. But she also has an unusual and morbid gift—she senses the auras of murder victims, animal or human. At the beginning of her junior year, her small Washington town is plagued by a serial killer who is targeting young girls. About this time, Violet discovers new, uncomfortable romantic feelings for her long-time best friend, Jay. As Violet finds herself consumed in the mystery of the killings, her relationship with Jay becomes more important than ever. Can Violet win Jay's heart? Will the missing girls be found? And will the killer target Violet next?

It's so easy to identify with the characters and get wrapped up in the action. The romance is poignant but the suspense makes this a page-turner. I couldn't put the book down!

The Body Finder is Kimberly Derting's debut novel. Derting lives in Washington state with her husband and three children. Her next book, Desires of the Dead, is due out in 2011. Visit her website and her blog.

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