Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
I have to admit, I kinda did judge this book by it's title. I mean, The Body Finder? It sounds creepy and morbid, yet in reality it is anything but. The suspense began on the very first page when Violet finds the body of a murdered girl behind her home, in the woods. I was a goner. Kimberly Derting really knows how to tell a good story, weaving and building up the mystery and romance elements together perfectly. You think you have it figured out and then suddenly you realize it's not that way at all. The way the book changed from Violet's point of view to the killer's was just perfect, and terribly thrilling-- let's just say I'm carrying pepper spray in my purse from now on.
I have to say I like Violet as a character very much. She isn't stuck up or self- righteous, she just wants to do the right thing, and the author captures these emotions very nicely. And Jay (sigh) is, well, wonderful, charming, and protective-- what more could a girl ask for? I firmly believe that people who are friends first have the best relationships, simply because they truly know each other. Even the minor characters, who quite often get pushed to the side in some books, were bursting with personality: I personally adore Violet's outspoken, say-it-like-it-is friend Chelsea-- she cracked me up with her constant bring it on attitude. I can guarantee everyone will find something in common with at least one person in the novel.
She still lives in the Pacific Northwest, which she says is the ideal place to be writing anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children, who serve as an endless source of inspiration for her writing.
Other Books You May Enjoy: 7 Souls by Barnabas Miller and Jordon Orlando, The Forest of Hands and Teeth series by Carrie Ryan,The Wake series by Lisa McMann, The Awakening by Kelly Armstrong.
**Thanks for Reading!**