When (Death Date) by Victoria Laurie
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: Pretty Little Liars meets Medium in this fast-paced thriller and fantastic YA debut from a New York Times bestselling author
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 maybe 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 Thoughts: When I read this novel, it was titled Death Date. I’m not sure if it went through a title change or not! I think it might go through a cover change too (I'm reviewing it early).
I really liked this one! I loved Maddie Fynn. She was such a remarkable and caring girl! And very unique!
Maddie can see people’s death dates. They hover around their heads. She can see them in person and in photos! Pretty awesome, right? Maddie lives with her mother and she does this little stunt as a side job to earn extra cash!
Maddie also has a best friend named Stubby. Stubby was a neat character. I liked him. There was also a boy named Aiden who Maddie had her eye on.
When Maddie learns of a client’s kid dying, things go haywire and the client somewhat blames her. This puts the FBI on her trail and they look to her and Stubby for the crime. Things are too linked to them for her to have nothing to do with it! And then more kids start dying and things go nuts!
Overall: I really enjoyed this one! I thought the story flowed nicely. The characters were intriguing and the plot was interesting! And I really enjoyed the last few pages!
Cover: Like it! I’d probably pick it up in the bookstore to see what its about.
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