The Body Finder
By Kimberly Derting
(HarperCollins, Paperback, 9780061779831, 352pp.)
Publication Date: March 2011
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A gripping tale of a girl with a morbid ability that could lead her to a killer . . . and the boy who would never let anything happen to her.
Sixteen-year-old Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her unusual so-called gift. While her confusing feelings for her best friend are new, she has been able to sense dead bodiesor at least those that have been murderedand the imprints that attach to their killers since she was a little girl. Violet has never considered her ability useful, but now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Fiercely protective of her, Jay agrees to help Violet search for the murderer. But even as she's falling in love, Violet is getting closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
Kimberly Derting is a full-time writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark or creepy. She lives with her husband and three children.
“The romance and the mystery in THE BODY FINDER were so intense that I didn’t know whether to hold my breath or scream. I did know I wouldn’t be getting anything done until I read the whole book.”
-Melissa Marr, author of WICKED LOVELY
“You’ll be drawn in by the love story—and kept up all night by the suspense.”
-Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Stargazer
“First–time novelist Derting has written a suspenseful mystery and sensual love story that will captivate readers who enjoy authentic high–school settings, snappy dialogue, sweet romance, and heart–stopping drama. A real page–turner, this will have readers checking behind themselves and refusing to go anywhere alone.”
“Derting’s first novel demonstrates unusual skill in weaving together contemporary teenage preoccupations with its paranormal plot twist. … A strong debut from a promising author.”
“…several twists and turns keep the pages flipping.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)