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review 2017-01-12 07:03
2017 Around The Year In 52 Books update /plus notes
The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting

What is it about :Read this bestselling “instant page-turner! A race-against-the-clock thriller” (Lisa Gardner) which readers voted a Best Book of 2016 finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her. When Finley’s abilities start to become too strong for her to handle – and even the roar of her motorcycle or another dazzling tattoo can’t drown out the voices – she turns to the only person she knows who can help her: her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic living in The Hollows, New York.

Merri Gleason is a woman at the end of her tether after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey. With almost every hope exhausted, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a detective who sometimes works with psychic Eloise Montgomery. Merri’s not a believer, but she’s just desperate enough to go down that road, praying that she’s not too late. Time, she knows, is running out.

As a harsh white winter moves into The Hollows, Finley and Eloise are drawn into the investigation, which proves to have much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl. As Finley digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to look into the future. Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger is building a sense of place for The Hollows that rivals Stephen King's Castle Rock for continuity and creepines

2016 NetGalley

My Rating: 5 stars

Why: because it was even better this time around ,glad I picked it back up in the new year

Challenge: ARound The Year In 52 Books:
Week 1: read a book from the Goodreads Choice Awards list 2016


[bookcover:The Body Finder|6261522]
by [author:Kimberly Derting|2755160]
Nook book
What is it about:
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 Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer.. she might become his next prey.

Challenges: 2017 Around The Year In 52 Books:
week2: A book with at least 2 perspectives ( multiple POVs)


What did I think of it:
rating: 3 stars

Not going in to too much detail about this book, only it wasn't as good as I was hoping for, the romance in it took to muck away from what the story was to be about. Not sure at this time is I want to pick up the rest of this series.

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review 2015-04-07 00:00
The Body Finder
The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting I thought this was an awesome book with a great concept. My full review is here, on Hot Stuff for Cool People.
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review 2014-12-12 19:00
The Body Finder
The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting

Unimpressed. That's what I felt after finally getting through the book. Seriously, I was so excited with the prologue because stories about serial killers are supposed to be interesting right? The mystery, the revelations, the piecing together of the puzzle. But meh, this was not what I had expected.

 

The major thing you would have to know is that this book is mostly about Violet and Jay's relationship. I felt that all the other elements to the story - Violet's gift (or curse), the serial killer, the murders- were added to at least have a decent flow going. Still, the chapters were excruciating to read because they made simple things complicated. I had more fun on the chapters detailing the killer's thoughts than how the Vi's relationship was going.

 

Violet's character is one of the worst "heroines" I've encountered. Things and choices she made were blamed to anyone/anything else. She blamed Jay for:

- his smile when she fell and scraped her knees
- ditching her after school so she said yes to Grady's invitation to the homecoming dance
- Jay's absence which encouraged Grady's presence that certain week in school

 

Seriously? She is also one of those generic characters where she thinks she's unattractive and how there's just no way her hot bestfriend would fall for her but it turned out that he likes her. Why does the plot always have to be like that? But this couple, oh they also have attitude. Both of them used people to make the other envious, but making a statement later that they weren't even sorry for what happened.

 

And the ending, what more can I say? Everything worked out perfectly for all of them. How Violet was left alone for the serial killer to hunt. How Jay knew something was wrong. How the uncle figured out the killer right in time. Perfect timing for everything. Yaaaay!!!! *sarcastic grin*

 

The best of reading this? When it was over :)

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review 2014-08-12 18:17
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting

The Body Finder begins with Violet learning at a young age that she is different from most people. She has the ability to find bodies that have been murdered, and the murder. None of this comes into effect for her really until one day a girl ends up dead, and Violet finds the body. Along with Violet trying to help out the police with the missing girls, she's also dealing with how ever feelings for her long time best friend Jay have changed. But it seems it is only on her side, because he doesn't seem to notice...

 

This book was okay. I liked the body finding aspect of it. But I just couldn't connect with the characters that well. However, the plot line was very good, and I was very interested in what was going to happen with Violet. I did like the book, and I'm not sure yet if I will read more in the series, but I think the unique part of the story was something I had never read about before, and it was extremely intriguing. I also did like Violet as well. She handled her "gift" very well, and didn't give up when it seemed too dangerous, or too hard. I really liked that about her a lot.

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review 2014-05-25 00:00
The Body Finder
The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting I'm normally not very harsh when it comes to book reviews, but this book took me just about forever to finish!! I honestly should have marked it as DNF a long time ago. Unfortunately, this was one of those times when I felt obligated to finish. I was truly hoping things would turn around and become awesome, but it NEVER happened.

Violet was super annoying and her infatuation with Jay made me want to gag myself with a spoon. I guess I'm getting too old for the whole high school scene. I didn't get why Violet's parents had absolutely no problem with leaving the two of them alone in her bedroom after they started dating. Bedrooms and teenagers are a dangerous combination.
"She kept waiting for her parents to notice how much time they were spending in her bedroom and to say something, but they never did. Not that she was complaining; their ignorance meant she and Jay could continue with their extracurricular activities without interruption."
Seriously?!!?!?!? What in the world are her parents thinking?!?

I thought the chapters written from the perspective of the killer were definitely the best part about this book. They were suspenseful and creepy. I wish I could say the same about the rest of "The Body Finder," but I'd be lying big time. In essence, there was very little action overall and way too much internal conflict over stupid stuff.

I definitely don't intend on continuing this series.
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