Sunday, January 11, 2015

ARC Review of When by Victoria Laurie

Goodreads Summary:
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? 

My Review:
This book was such a great read. Maddie has had a gift, or a curse, since she can remember. When she gets close enough to people she can see the exact date someone is going to die and she is never wrong. Unfortunately, she and her mom figured out what the numbers were when her Dad died on the date Maddie had written above his head on a picture. Her life was never the same after that. Her Mom became an alcoholic and she started doing readings for people for extra money. Other then that her life seems to be normal. Her and her friend, Stubs, are not popular at school but, they are ok with that. They deal with school like regular high school kids and go home each day. Maddie even has a crush on a guy. Everything changes the day a boy goes missing. The prime suspsects are the girl who tried to warm the boys mother about his death date and her friend who called the boys mom! Evidence is building, will they be able to prove their innocence or will Maddies gift get her in serious trouble. 

There isn't really time for romance for Maddie but, her crush is insanely cute! She stole glances at him at games and that's about it. she was very busy trying to prove her innocence. The plot was woven so perfectly that I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. There were Red Herrings along the way. The agents on the case were pretty convinced. Even after Maddie proved that she had a gift they were still not willing to believe her. A lot of circumstantial evidence was in play and things get seriously crazy for Maddie. She had a lot going on in her life and had to grow up way to fast. Will they find the murderer in time or will he find them?

So much happened during this book. It was very well written. It was also different from a lot of stuff I have read recently. The ending was PERFECT! I literally finished it and was like that was awesome!! This is a must read guys! 

1 comment:

  1. wow.. I have to say this is the first time i heard of that ability. Spooky I don't want to know when I will die!!