I’m back from LA, folks. Just got in a few hours ago. For those of you who don’t know, I was at the SCBWI conference rooming with the fabulous Sara McClung and Casey McCormick last week and stayed a couple extra days to do the touristy thing. I’m exhausted, but I’m totally in the mood to blog. Besides, it’s Thursday. And that means it’s time for a little book lovin’ from the Bookanistas.
This time around, I’m reviewing Kimberly Derting’s THE BODY FINDER.
I know, right? It’s been all over the Internet. Truth is, I kept trying to win this baby from one of the blogs giving it away, but no such luck. So I went out and bought a copy for myself. So glad I did. It was totally worth it. And I loved it so much, I just had to share my thoughts on the book with you. But before I do that, let me tell you what some of the other Bookanistas are up to:
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THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting
The Book jacket summary: 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. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town…Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness of her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer. 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’ll admit that as much as I wanted to read this book, a small part of me was a little nervous to do so because I don’t do well with scary stuff. And something about a girl who can sense the echoes the dead leave behind was just a hair terrifying to me. It turns out, however, that my fears were unnecessary. While it was gripping and suspenseful, it didn’t have the fear factor of something like Psycho or Silence of the Lambs (thank heavens). Yes, there’s some serial killer action in this, but Derting handles it all so smoothly and excludes the grittiest of grit that you might typically see in serial killer thrillers. So for those of worried that you (or your teens) might have nightmares for life, you can stop worrying. It’s not that kind of book. You’ll be flipping the pages with lightning speed, though. The intensity of the mystery and suspense made this an incredibly fast read for me. I read it in one day.
There’s just nothing like a good thriller to keep you on your toes, right? I mean, seriously…a girl who can sense deadness and killerhood ? Brilliant premise. But, eh hmm, did I mention the bangin’ sexy romance in THE BODY FINDER? That will always suck me in.
I’ll just be honest: I want my own Jay Heaton (except one who is perhaps of legal age, and in a parallel universe where I’m not already married). He’s like Prince Charming with a wicked grin and a killer way with his hands. It’s not R-rated, but Derting will have you using your imagination in R-rated ways. Ooooo la la.
But that’s all I’m going to say about that. Just trust me when I tell you that it’s an enjoyable read. And even if you manage to figure out the off-the-hook un-figure-out-able plot twists, you’ll fall in love with Jay and Violet.
P.S. This book has already been released! So look for it on Amazon, Borders, B&N, etc.
P.P.S. Here I am with Kimberly Derting!!
I had the opportunity to meet Kimberly at SCBWI last week, and was delighted to discover that she’s every bit as warm, funny, and amazing as Violet.
Yeah, I’m kind of girl-crushing on her now.