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The Body Finder

by Kimberly Derting

Rated: Moderate

Violet Ambrose is 16 and trying to figure out how to deal with her newfound romantic feelings for the guy who’s simply been her best friend for years, Jay. At the same time, she’s getting attention from another guy who’s also been a friend for a long time. All fairly normal teen issues.

The big thing that sets Violet apart, though, is her ability to sense bodies that have been killed. Since she was little, she has been finding dead bodies — squirrels, mice, birds, etc. — through various senses that draw her to them. Giving them a proper burial has helped her move on. Once, however, when she was 8, she found the dead body of a girl. And now, she’s found another one.

As it becomes clear a serial killer is preying on young women in Violet’s town, she feels she must use her gift to help catch him and stop the killing. But she ends up putting herself in danger, too.

The Body Finder is a fairly entertaining teen read that works pretty well both as an age-appropriate thriller and romance.

Rated: Moderate. There is one use of strong language and somewhat regular occurrences of moderate language and taking the name of deity in vain. Violence is minimal; there’s not much in the way of detail about the bodies, and the creepy factor isn’t ratcheted up too high. There are some kissing scenes, with one makeout scene that’s a few pages long and has the characters stopping short of disrobing or going further, but the reader starts to wonder.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • The Body Finder
  • by Kimberly Derting
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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