Tuesday, 22 February 2011
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
I read this book as part of the UK Book Tours organised by the lovely Lynsey.
Violet Ambrose wandered away from the safety of her father as she listened to the harmony of sounds weaving delicately around her. The rustling of the leaves mingled gently with the restless call of birds and the far-off rushing waters of the icy river that layed beyond the trees.
And then there was another sound. Something she couldn't quite identify. Yet.
The more Young Adult books I devour, the more my thirst for them intensifies! This book was quite an original concept to me. The main character Violet is able to hear the echoes left by the dead. Every time an animal or a person is murdered, they leave an echo which stays with the victim as well as the killer. Violet can always pick up on these and now has a garden full of reburied animals that only begin to lose their echo after they are laid to rest in peace.
Violet can live with her ability until a murderer enters her world killing young girls in the area. As more girls disappear, each one closer to home than the last, Violet realises that she can help to solve these murders and try and stop the killer committing any more.
I don't normally enjoy books filled with suspicious murders, they tend to make me a little nervous as they are just to realistic for my liking, but I read thoroughly enjoyed this one. I am always in awe of the abilities the Young Adult characters tend to have, but this is one I am not yearning for. I couldn't think of anything worse than being able to hear the echoes of the murdered, so I am little in awe of Violet being able to cope so miraculously well with this gift.
The book is written from two view points. You see the world through Violet's eyes as well as the killer's. It was interesting to see how his mind worked and you thought you could work out his next move, but I found I didn't always get it right. There are a few twists within the novel that I can honestly say I didn't see coming.
Not only does the book deal with Violet's dangerous quest to discover the killer, but it also deals with the change in her friendship with the local hottie Jay. They had grown up as friends and half way through the book they become a couple and it is utterly gorgeous. Jay is everything you want in a leading male; handsome, strong, patient and very protective. His instincts to keep Violet safe are the most intense I have ever seen in a Young Adult novel. I found myself sucked into the romance so easily. The passion is a little hot and heavy, especially where parents kind of leave them to it, but I know I am speaking with my parent head on there, rather than my lustful hormonal teenage head that got stuck back in the 8o's. It is when I read books like this one, I regret being born before the birth of the modern Young Adult book. When I was a teenager, Mills and Boons just didn't do it for me!
The story has a great build and by the last hundred pages I was frantic to find out how it would end. Always a good sign to me of a good book, when I am struggling to resist the temptation to read the last page!
There is a second book in the series called Desires of the Dead which comes out in March and I shall definitely be elbowing the teenagers out of the way to get my hands on a copy.