When by Victoria Laurie | ARC Review


Title: When

Author: Victoria Laurie

Series: N/A

Genre: YA, Mystery/Thriller

Page Count: 336

Publication: January 13, 2015

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: ARC Paperback

Source: Publisher


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 thehow, 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?

I’m going to keep this review entirely spoiler free, if you have read this book and want to discuss with spoilers then leave a comment, but make sure to write spoilers on top that way no one else gets spoiled.

I read this book in a day, and I haven’t done that in a while. I really enjoyed it a lot. As soon as I first saw this book I knew I wanted to read it, both based on the cover, and what it’s about. A girl who can see people’s death dates, it sounds like a curse, but it could also be useful. From its synopsis, I knew this book had great potential, and I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint. I love her writing style, it really felt like I was watching a movie reading it. It was fast paced, and it maintained that pace throughout the book. It’s a thriller, there are crimes and I have to say I didn’t really suspect the actual killer at all. I had been in a horrible reading slump prior to reading it, and I was afraid that it might put me back in the slump, but far from it, I couldn’t put it down.

The book is such a thrill, I didn’t even write notes because of how fast I read it.

Let’s talk characters:

Maddie: she’s a typical teenager besides the fact that she can see when people are going to die. She’s not really in the popular crowd at school, she was often bullied for what she could do. She does have one friend though, Stubs who I’ll get to later. I loved Maddie’s character because she wasn’t weak. She’s been taking care of her mom and basically raising herself since her dad died and she’s been doing all those client readings even though she hates it, but she never complains. Her mom is an addict, so she really doesn’t have any family, and for her to have gone through all that and still come out standing was truly admirable.

Stubs: He’s a great best friend, I really liked him and his relationship with Maddie. He was always there for her through all the bullying and he was just a great person overall. He kind of reminded me of Park from Eleanor and Park a bit.

There also wasn’t a big romance in this book like their was with the others, it was there but mostly like a glimpse of it, that usually might not work for certain books, but the way she incorporated it into her story made it fit perfectly. I loved the ending, I wished that we’d maybe get an epilogue, but I’m still satisfied.

Despite it’s paranormal aspect, the book was very realistic. The school setting, the police and law aspect of it (as far as I know at least) , the family issues, the friendships, it all seemed real.

I would highly recommend you pick this book up. It will have you hooked and on the edge of your seat from page 1 until the very end, you won’t want to put it down. It would make such a fantastic movie!

The book will be published tomorrow on January 13, make sure to go and get it! The finished copy would look beautiful, I think I’m totally getting myself one (:

Special thanks to Disney Hyperion for sending me this copy for review





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