"A serial killer on the loose. A girl with a morbid ability. And the boy who would never let anything happen to her.
Violet Ambrose can find the dead. Or at least, those who have been murdered. She can sense the echoes they leave behind... and the imprints they leave on their killers. As if that weren't enough to deal with during junior year, she also has a sudden, inexplicable, and consuming crush on her best friend since childhood, Jay Heaton.
Now a serial killer has begun terrorizing Violet's small town... and she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him."
I finished this one a couple of days ago and when friends ask me how it was, I find myself saying "It was good, but...."
I expected this to be a lot more suspenseful than it was. The majority of the book was dedicated to the romance between Violet and Jay, which I'm sure will appeal to fans of romance novels but I was looking for a little more excitement. Granted, it's a nice believable romance and the guy for once isn't your typical YA bad boy. That was a nice change. I just wish a little more meat had been been devoted to the part of the story which gave the book its name.
There were some moments of suspense and a couple of twists, but they were kind of easy to spot a couple of chapters before they were revealed. There are two kinds of books for me, at least as far as being compelled to read them goes. Some you just have to read because you have absolutely no idea what's going to happen and you put your life on hold to read because you just have to find out. Others you know pretty much exactly what's going to happen and you read to see those scenes play out. The Body Finder was the second kind of story for me. Derting does do a great job of telling that story, her writing is sharp and polished, but I would definitely classify this as a light read.
Pick this one up if you are looking for a predominantly relationship centered story with a bit of suspense thrown in.