The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
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 that 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; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer… and becoming his prey herself. From Goodreads.
I love this series because I can actually picture where the story is based, mainly because I have been there since my family lives in Bonney Lake. Violet and Jay were very cute and amusing together. I love how their friendship bloomed into love. They had been friends for like 9 years at the point that the story starts. It is the beginning of their junior year. It goes all the way to their Winter Formal.
In the story Violet finds a body of a girl from a town close by in the lake where they spend the Labor Day weekend. It was pretty traumatic for her. Then all of a sudden, more and more girls locally are disappearing and showing up dead. So Violet decides with the help of Jay, her best friend that she is going to go to places that they would normally just hang out and hope to find the echoes of the girls that have been found. She doesn’t want to sit around all day and just wait for other people to hope to find out who it is.
I love how there are a few chapters from the bad guys point of view. The villain is quite predatory. All he cares about is the hunt. Of course, you don’t realize that it isn’t just one person but two bad guys. Eventually they find out that Violet knows something, they just don’t realize that she can see the echoes of the girls that they murdered on them as well as with the body of the girl that was killed.
Violet’s family is really close to her and each other. Her uncle happens to be the chief of police, her dad an accountant and her mom an artist so they are always around to deal with whatever echo that she has to go through. But the ending was really good, I loved how you didn’t know who got shot right away.
I give this story 4 out of 5 stars.