Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Body Finder by Kimberley Darling

Book review #44
The Body Finder by Kimberley Darling
Rating: Five stars (refer to the rating system on the right)

Summary: (taken from Goodreads)

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 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. 


I picked up The Body Finder not really expecting to like it. Imagine my surprise when I completely fell head over heels in love with it! The Body Finder easily became one of the best books I have read this year. I devoured it whole, loving every single second of it. With just the paranormal aspect it would have still been great. That topped with the heated chemistry between Violet and Jay it made this book amazing.

Violet has an extraordinary gift, she has the power to sense dead bodies, not just any dead bodies, but only bodies that have been murdered. Lately her "gift" was the last thing on her mind. Jay, her best friend since forever, is the only thing on her mind. He definitely changed over the summer, but he's not the only thing that changed.  Violet finds herself falling in love. A couple of weeks after school starts, it has been reported that several girls have been missing. When Violet finds a an actual human dead body, she has a strange feeling that there is one person responsible for all the murders. It becomes her main priority to use her gift to find the killer, no matter how dangerous it becomes...with Jay's help of course.

Violet is such an awesome person. She's the type of person I could see myself being friends with. She's one of those girls that are amazing, but they don't really know it. She can be stubborn at times, but in a good way if that's possible. Her friendship with Jay was super cute. You don't usually see boy and girl best friends. Now the romance aspect with Jay was hot! Their love for each other was amazing. And oh Jay! He became another one of my character crushes. Not only was he extremely handsome and sweet, but he didn't fall for all the attention he got.

I also loved the thrill and suspense parts of The Body Finder. I was grateful to see the little tidbits of what was going on in the murderer's head. It was really interesting, even though it was really creepy! Even though there were moments with not much going on, something always happens. The mystery wasn't the hardest thing to solve, but it was still great.

The Body Finder is the type of book you cancel your plans for. I'm so happy that it actually lived up to the hype. And there is a sequel coming out! I'm definitely ready for some more Jay and Violet. If you have this one in your TBR pile, move it up to the top. What could you be waiting for?

17 comments:

Lorielle said...

I just reviewed this book too... and I loved it. Absolutely loved it. The characters, the storyline, everything. Glad to see you enjoyed it too!

The Paperback Princess said...

Awesome review!!! I REALLY want to read The Body Finder! I'm glad it lived up to the hype, too! Happy reading!!!!

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BrittLit said...

Great review. I totally loved this book and did not really expect to. I didn't know there was going to be a sequel. Hopefully it's just as good.

Morgan said...

I felt the same way about this book-I absolutely loved it. Great review, you're making me want to reread it!

Milli said...

Really awesome review. I haven't read it, but it sounds good!

ham1299 said...

I sooo wanna read this one. What am I waiting for? Well, for one, time. For another, the book to magically appear in my house! LMAO

A.J. said...

So glad you liked this book! :D Can't wait for the sequel! :)

Jami said...

Yay! I am happy you liked it too. I felt the same way in the beginning. With everyone LOVING it, I was afraid I'd be disappointed. That was for sure not the case! Awesome review!!!!

Katie said...

I'm so excited that you loved it so much! I'm on the wait list for TBF at the library and I can't wait to finally read it!!

Audrey; (AyC) said...

I really enjoyed this one too! Awesome review :) cant wait for book 2

Tammy said...

Hmmmm your review just moved this book to the top of my wish list. I found you through the Book Hop and I'm a new follower!

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Stephanie said...

I've read so many great reviews of this book, I think I need to get my hands on a copy. I love your review, especially the way you described Violet's character.

Dazzling Mage said...

Great review! I already have my eyes set on this book, and it looks awesome!

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Ah! Okay, that's it. Tomorrow I am reading The Body Finder. Your incredible review has convinced me. ;)

Mel said...

I am so glad you liked The Body Finder. It definitely made my list of favorites for this year. I liked how Jay was such a nice guy--good and reliable.

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