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Can You Guess The Killer? ARC Review: When by Victoria Laurie

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Can You Guess The Killer? ARC Review: When by Victoria LaurieWhen by Victoria Laurie
Published by: Disney-Hyperion on January 13th 2015
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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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?



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When is the new novel from author Victoria Laurie.  If you’re looking for a new young adult novel that’s heavy on the mystery, then I would highly recommend picking this one up!


Maddie Flynn has not had an easy life.  Born with a strange ability to see the date that everyone is going to die, she has an incredible burden placed upon her.  Does she tell people, does she not tell people?  With an alcoholic for a mother and a father who died when she was young, Maddie starts reading people’s death dates for a little extra cash to get by.  But when the son of one of her clients gets murdered, Maddie suddenly finds herself the main suspect in an FBI investigation.


I really enjoyed this book, and a lot of it has to do with Maddie.  She has so much going on in her life, and I just feel so bad for her.  She blames herself for her father’s death, for not figuring out what the numbers meant before it was too late, she has a mother who can’t seem to let go of the vodka bottle, and now she’s being blamed for a string of murders when all she wants to do is help people.  I couldn’t even begin to imagine how terrible it would be to know when everyone you meet is going to die.  It could really help some people, and it definitely does, but there are others who don’t want to know and then you have this knowledge just bottled up inside of you all the time.


The side characters were all great as well.  Stubby, Maddie’s best friend, is a pretty lovable goofball, and a complete sweetheart.  And possible one of my favorite things about his and Maddie’s friendship is that it was just that:  a friendship.  I love seeing really strong friendships, especially between men and women, because I don’t think we have enough of that in novels.  But Maddie and Stubby are best friends, with no romantic feelings coming from either end.  Maddie’s uncle was another character I really enjoyed.  He was 100% looking out for Maddie and had her best interests at heart the whole time, which she really needed, since she wasn’t getting much support from her mother.


I really liked the premise of this book; it was something that I don’t think I’ve seen before.  It was well written, and I was constantly trying to figure out who the real killer was, and I still didn’t get it right in the end.  The only real complaint that I have is that there were a few jumps in time that I would have liked to have actually written out.  There are also some weird character development type things that happen later in the novel that don’t really sit right with me.


All of that being said, I’m giving When 4 out of 5 controllers.  It’s a fresh, new idea with a lovable main character.  The writing is well done; it’s a great story that keeps you guessing throughout the whole thing, just a really well done book that I enjoyed quite a lot.



My Rating

rate 4

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