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The Body Finder

1, Body Finder

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Description

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 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 dead 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 becoming his prey herself.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 01, 2010 – Derting's first novel demonstrates unusual skill in weaving together contemporary teenage preoccupations with its paranormal plot twist. Violet is starting 11th grade with a beatup Honda, a vow to get to class on time, and a crush on her longtime best friend, Jay. She's also learned to cope with an eerie skill inherited from her grandmother—the ability to hear the “echo” left behind by those who have died violently. Usually this means chucking the cat outside if it's killed a mouse, but when the bodies of girls turn up, Violet turns away from concerns about the upcoming homecoming dance and becomes determined to use her ability to find the murderer. The third-person narration views Violet and the events of the book with a removed, thoughtful quality (“Coincidence. Chance. These were the words she counted on to create a veil of deceit, to keep her 'gift' a secret”), but Violet's thoughts and words feel true to her age and personality. Short, interspersed sections from the perspective of the killer add a creepy, page-turning quality. A strong debut from a promising author. Ages 14–up.

Customer Reviews

Amazing . Simply Amazing.

I loved this book. It kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time with amazing twists in the story and both romantic, and funny parts. I'd recommend it to anyone.

OMG!!!!!

I loved this book! It was kinda sad about all the murders, but things happen that are unexpected definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, action, suspense, and mystery. Plus a little fantasy w Violet's whole power thing.

The Body Finder

Omg! This book is so amazing an captivating, i could not keep my eyes off of it. kimberly derting has a gift in writing and the fact of this being her first novel lets this 8th grader from NJ know she was born to be a writer. Im dancing in anticipation to read the next book in this memorizing series. Violet was a amazing intriguing character that i could connect with on many levels and Jay i cannot describe how his romance swept me of of my feet. Keep doing what you do Ms. Derting because you do it to well.

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  • $5.99
  • Level: Grades 9 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Coming of Age
  • Published: Mar 16, 2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: 1, Body Finder
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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