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Monday, January 5, 2015

When book review

When book reviewWhen by Victoria Laurie

*eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley*

Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Maddie has seen death dates on people's foreheads for as long as she can remember. It's an odd talent, but I'm not sure if that would be more of a blessing or a curse. Since Maddie doesn't know how the person will die, just the date, I got the impression that Maddie views it as more of a curse.

When the son of a client disappears on his death date, the FBI gets involved. Suspicious of Maddie's so-called ability, she is viewed as a suspect when more teens start to disappear. Torn between her uncle's request to stop telling people their dates and her mother's need for the cash, Maddie just wants the murders to stop.

Things go from bad to worse when they try to warn her BFF's new crush of her rapidly approaching death date. Unsure if a person's death date can actually change, Maddie and Stubby can't simply sit by and do nothing. When the girl disappears, Maddie and BFF Stubby find themselves accused.

Really enjoyed this story, and loved Maddie! She's in a tough spot, but does her best with what she has. I was more than a little annoyed at her mother for using Maddie's talent in a somewhat cheesy way, but more so for basically giving up when her husband died. No child should be forced to take care of their parent. especially when the parent becomes an alcoholic.

The ending of this one took me a little by surprise, as I didn't see it coming. Was satisfied with how things played out, and enjoyed the nice little twist at the end. Well worth reading!






6 comments:

  1. Definitely a curse, the mere thought of this book sends shivers done my spine,

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    1. It would be strange, wouldn't it? Makes me glad I don't have any "special" talents!

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  2. Enjoyed your review. You've certainly piqued my interest and I'll definitely add this to my 'tbr' list.
    Thanks, David

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    1. Sorry I missed your comment David. Hope you enjoyed this one!

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  3. Hmmm I hadn't seen this one before, Alexia. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It was definitely an interesting read!

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