Posted by: Natalie Hatch | May 13, 2010

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

I had heard good reviews of Kimberly’s book and decided to order a copy in from overseas.

The official blurb is as follows:

Violet Ambrose can find dead bodies. Or at least she can sense those that have been murdered. She locates them by the echoes they leave behind…and the imprints they leave on their killers. As if that weren’t enough to deal with during her junior year, she also has a sudden, inexplicable, and consuming crush on her best friend since childhood, Jay Heaton.

And now a serial killer has begun terrorizing Violet’s small town…and she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Filled with suspense, a gripping romance, and deadly consequences, The Body Finder is an impressive debut novel that’s impossible to put down.

The book was a quick read, there were several places that I hoped would have had more tension, and I could see that the storyline had great potential to keep me riveted. Unfortunately it didn’t happen. Maybe it’s the genre, a YA thriller is not what I usually go for. However, I have read some gripping adult thrillers lately by the likes of Lisa Gardner and Alison Brennan (great writers who keep you glued to your seat) and so I must admit that I kept thinking “how would Lisa write this”. I really wanted a twist to include Jay, but darn it didn’t happen.

But for a debut novel it’s a good read.  If you’ve never read a thriller before then this one is okay to sink your teeth into.  I look forward to seeing what Ms Derting gives us in her next novel released next year.

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