The Good: Derting does a wonderful job in her debut novel. The romance drags you so far into the book that I feel the suspense isn’t even need; but of course it is very welcome. With the occasional scene from the killer’s point of view make the novel very interesting. And just when you think you know the ending, things are twisted. Jay, a minor character has a very witty personality always coming back with a smart comment. Violet and his friendship is fun and carefree and easy – Something all of us should have. Fans of Lisa McMann’s Wake, Fade, and Gone will enjoy The Body Finder immensely.
The Bad: I felt the Violet’s character was somewhat underdeveloped. I feel like she was less than a major character. And I felt that she was hard to get to know and relate to. For me the suspense was lacking in the fact that it didn’t overly impact the major characters in the beginning. Like on a tv drama where bad things happen to the characters of just that episode rather than the regulars (think patients vs. doctors on Grey’s Anatomy or victims/criminals vs. investigators of C.S.I.). Overall though the novel was well-written and a great summer read.
The Ugly Updates: This is Derting's debut novel. The sequel, Desires of the Dead, comes out March 15th. The cover was just recently released and I personally love it.
Books on Amazon: The Body Finder & Desires of the Dead.
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