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 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 dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope 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.

Have you discovered Kimberly Deterding yet?  THE BODY FINDER is a taut psychological thriller and a quick read.  But the part of the story that stood out to me the most was the romance.  This is not the instant love of so many YA novels, but a masterful crafting of a budding romance between a boy and girl who have been best friends throughout childhood.  It sounds sweet, and it is, but Deterding also pulls off the chemistry between the leads in a masterful way.  This book is HOT.  I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend you pick it up.  The sequel, DESIRES OF THE DEAD, just came out, so you'll have instant gratification when you turn the last page and want more of Violet and Jay's story.


Thanks for a fantastic review. I've got this on my kindle that I really need to get around to reading.

Totally agree with you, Talia. A great book- and terrific romance.

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