Fantasy Book Review: When

When by Victoria Laurie

Synopsis:
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 deathdates, 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 deathdate 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?

Review:
Maddie has the unique ability to see everyone’s date of death, even from photographs. When Maddie and her best friend are targeted as possible murder suspects, her life spins out of control. Several clues do seem to point to her friend, who is then arrested. Her alcoholic mother is more of a dependent than a mother. And the whole school turns on Maddie, assuming she’s guilty, and taking bullying to a whole new level. The drama is heart-wrenching and riveting.

When (previously entitled Death Date) is a thrilling, standalone mystery. Full of suspense, intrigue, and drama – this novel was extremely hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating tale. I highly recommend it to mystery fans from teens to adults.

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