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HarperTeen, 2010
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 she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.

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HarperTeen, March 2010, ISBN: 978-0061779817



"Derting's first novel demonstrates unusual skill in weaving together contemporary teenage preoccupations with its paranormal plot twist.. sections from the perspective of the killer add a creepy, page-turning quality. A strong debut from a promising author."
   —Publishers Weekly

"First-time novelist Derting has written a suspenseful mystery and sensual love story that will captivate readers who enjoy authentic high-school setting, snappy dialogue, sweet romance, and heart-stopping drama. A real page-turner, this will have readers checking behind themselves and refusing to go anywhere alone."

"This creative mystery has it all...the heart of a romance novel wrapped up in pages that almost crackle with the electricity of suspense."
   —Justine Magazine

"The explicit and unsettlingly candid tone of the killer reminds one of Robert Cormier's Tenderness (Delacorte, 1997), while several twists and turns keep the pages flipping. Older readers will quickly find themselves pulled into Derting's neighborhood."

"I have to give Kimberly Derting the highest praise for writing a story that never, ever patronizes its intended readers...her story is scary, sexy, emotional, and downright riveting at all times; she never 'writes down' to the teen or young adult who will pick up the book."
   —Teens Read Too, Gold Star Award

"a refreshing take on paranormal romance... The point of view switch between Violet and the killer is interesting, upping the creepy factor."
   —Romantic Times

"In her debut work, Derting manages to pack a haunting mystery full of plenty of red herrings and creepy encounters, seamlessly interweaving the classic whodunit story with a steamy romance."

"It's so easy to identify with the characters and get wrapped up in the action. The romance is poignant but the suspense makes this a page-turner. I couldn't put the book down!"
   —Story Circle Reviews

"The romance and the mystery in The Body Finder were so intense that I didn't know whether to hold my breath or scream. I did know I wouldn't be getting anything done until I read the whole book."
   —Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, and Fragile Eternity

"You'll be drawn in by the love story—and kept up all night by the suspense."
   —Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of STARGAZER