The Body Finder
A sound, a smell, a feeling, a presence- ever since she was little, Violet Ambrose has sensed the echoes the dead leave behind in the world
and the imprints that attach to their killers. Beside one horrifying experience at age eight where Violet discovered the body of a young girl, her ability has only ever led her to dead animals, and so sixteen-years-old Violet has managed to live a fairly normal life.
This year though, things are about to change.
First, she realises that she has developed feelings for her best friend that are anything but innocent. Can she let herself feel these things without allowing it to affect, and potentially alter, what has always been an easy camaraderie between herself and Jay? And does his fierce protectiveness indicate that he feels the same?
Second, someone is abducting and killing young girls in the area where Violet lives. With the ability to sense not only those that have recently died, but the lingering effects of death on those that have caused it, Violet is determined to figure out who is wreaking havoc on her town. With or without Jay's help, she plans to follow her senses wherever they take her, hoping that they'll lead her to the killer so that she can point him out to the sheriff.
But Violet and Jay find themselves up against someone- or something- a lot more crafty and cunning than they could have imagined, and Violet's uncanny ability to find the bodies of the young victims has not gone unnoticed. If they're not careful, they could end up being the next victims of this vicious killer.
Kimberly Derting is a full-time writer who lives in Western Washington state with her husband and three children. Desires of the Dead is the anticipated follow-up to The Body Finder, will be published by Headline in April 2011.
The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting