Despite my love of all things supernatural, I am kind of a wimp when it comes to scary movies. I seriously hide under covers and find myself asking whoever I am watching with if it’s safe to look. I don’t do gore, and I am a total scaredy-cat. Even being an admitted Nervous Nelly when it comes to horror, I love reading about serial killers. One of my favorite non-fiction books is Portrait of a killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed by Patricia Cornwell. That book is seriously awesome (she looks at evidence and comes to her own conclusion on who actually committed the Jack the Ripper murders), but I’m getting off topic. I think serial killers are fascinating and terrifying all at once.
So, imagine you have the ability to find dead bodies, particular those who have met their end in unnatural ways. Now, imagine that your small town suddenly finds itself in the hands of a serial killer and you are drawn to the bodies of the victims. This is what happens to Violet Ambrose in, “The Body Finder,” by Kimberly Derting.
Violet is a mostly normal high school junior. Her biggest worry is dealing with her growing crush on her best friend Jay. Well, and the fact that she finds dead bodies. The “echoes” that she feels around the dead are usually of small animals that have been killed by cats or other creatures. When a serial killer starts killing in her town Violet feels compelled to help find the killer.
Violet is an amazing character. She’s strong, way stronger than I would be with her psychic ability. Even when she is faced with finding the bodies of someone horrifically murdered she is able to stay sane and strong. I also love Violets interactions with Jay. He’s her best friends, but lately she has been feeling more than friendly towards him. She doesn’t know what to do with these growing feelings.
Along with Violet, Derting also gives the reader insight into the mind of the serial killer. These passages are so creepy, yet really lend an interesting element to the story. I liked reading Violet’s more innocent voice alongside the thoughts of a heartless killer. Like, I said, so creepy.
I found this book haunting, chilling, and sweet all at once. I just visited the Goodreads page for this book and read other reviews and was surprised to find that many people REALLY hated it. (If you aren’t familiar with Goodreads you should be! It’s social networking for book lovers!) So, if you have read this book, let me know if you liked it or not. Why or why not? I really loved it and couldn’t wait to read the sequels (Desires of the Dead, The Last Echo, and Dead Silence ) as soon as I finished it.
Haven’t read it but want to know more? Check out an excerpt here.