Series: The Body Finder #1
Published by Harper Collins Childrens on March 16, 2010
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, YA
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.
What I Thought…
- I really like the concept of The Body Finder. Violet sees echoes or imprints around dead bodies, and the person who killed them also carries the echo. These echoes were both visual and auditory which was pretty cool. The Body Finder is one of those books that I could see being turned into an excellent TV series, especially if the character is aged a bit. There is just so many places it could go.
- With that said, I was a bit disappointed in The Body Finder. I was looking forward to a mystery/suspense with a side of romance and I got a romance with a side of mystery/suspense. I like romance as much as the next girl but when you are expecting mystery/suspense and you get romance it’s a bit of a let down. I think if I would have gone into it with maybe a 50/50 split I wouldn’t have been disappointed.
- I really liked the fact that Violets parents were a part of the book, and they were pretty realistic (except where Jay was concerned). They didn’t want to encourage her to use her abilities but at the same time they couldn’t stand the thought of her not helping.
- I liked Violet a lot in the first half but that waned as the book went on and her and Jay got together. She did some dumb things, but that was to be pretty much expected. I also liked Jay better in the first half. He changed a lot when he got together with Violet, not in a crazy bad way, but I would have preferred for Jay and Violet to stay the same, but add some kissing here and there.
- The mystery was good enough, but some of the Violet/Jay connection got in the way a bit.
- The hardest part of the book for me was the writing. It wasn’t terrible but it felt off. I don’t really have a preference of first person vs third person but this was an awkward third person. I can’t quite put my finger on what was wrong but it kept pulling me out of the story.
Overall it was a good read, but know that it’s not really a mystery/suspense book.