Friday, January 16, 2015

When by Victoria Laurie - Review

WhenWhen by Victoria Laurie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
January 13th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion

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?



Can I start by saying that I'm not too crazy about that description?
Or maybe just the last part.
Sometimes with descriptions like this one I feel like they're selling the story short.

Not that this book is an epic thriller either.

While it does have a few edge of your seat moments and it is a definite page-turner it is kind of simple.
That's "simple" considering everything Maddie gets thrown at her. Suspected of murder, alcoholic mother, bullies at school (including the teachers).
Because of all of those things I think simplicity is best, there's just so much going on that it'd be hard to keep track of; which would be a turn-off.

There aren't multiple twists, there aren't any major red-herrings or really any other stereotypes you'd find in a typical mystery. And I appreciate that.
It's different; which makes the end all the more unexpected.
It's not a girl with special ability's trying to find a killer and save the world, it's just a girl trying to make it through high school without her world falling apart. 

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