“ Genre: Fiction / Author: Kimberly Derting / Audio Book „
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
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.
The Body Finder series has been on my radar since I first started blogging and reviewing over a year ago, but for some reason or another I just never got round to it. Too many books and not nearly enough time...
The Body Finder has a great premise and something that you don't see all that much of in YA - serial killers. I love adult crime novels and I couldn't wait to get stuck into a YA crime novel with a big supernatural twist. Right from the beginning Kimberly Derting managed to grab my attention and hold it, but after a few chapters the book turned into something more put-down-able. However, there was still enough great moments and good chapters to make me want to continue to go on listening.
Overall, I enjoyed most of the story but certain aspects of the book did begin to grate on me. For example, after a while I found the abundance of TELL instead of SHOW distracting. Especially in the dialogue, he said frustrated, she whispered annoyed, and on and on it went. I am a firm believer that it's ok to just say He/She said and leave it at that. Don't get creative, just leave it simple. Don't tell me how the characters are feeling, show me and let me work it out for myself.
However, even after saying that no one could deny that Kimberly Derting can certainly write. And write well. I loved the descriptions of Violet's abilities to sense the presence of dead bodies and the imprint they also leave on anyone responsible for death, it was a unique and a very clever way of manifesting her powers to find dead bodies. For more details you will just have to read the book and find out for yourself.
Now as for the main characters Violet and Jay, they were cute but more than just a bit boring and predictable. Towards the end of the book I did get a bit fed up with both of these characters. It just all felt a little clichéd and easy.
Even thou I didn't entirely love the book the narrator was brilliant, she was very clear and easy to understand. I would look out for her again in the future. But, I'm not sure that this is the best example of what makes a good audio book. I think on hindsight I would have rather have picked up a physical copy of the Body Finder to read because at times the story needed you to pay attention and sometimes my mind can and does wander when I am listening to a book.
Will I be reading the next book? Probably, I did enjoy this one but I was expecting something a lot better. I'd have to sum The Body Finder up by saying...Meh.
It was good, just not great. And definitely had some good points, but just not enough twist and turns for my liking. I think The Body Finder is unfortunately another YA book that started off well with lots of potential and ended up just falling short of the mark.
On a side note I absolutely love the covers for this series, don't they just stand out?
Three out of five stars.
Genre - YA, paranormal, crime
Audiobook - unabridged (8 hours 16 minutes - £18.99)
Narrated by Eileen Stevens