*REVIEW* When by Victoria Laurie
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?
SQUEEEEE! Yes, when a book is this good, high-pitched happiness comes spewing out of my mouth. I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. So hard. Victoria Laurie knows how to weave a tale, folks! When will hook you in immediately and you'll find yourself rushing towards a shocking conclusion. Buckle up, this book is one helluva ride!
When introduces us to Maddie, a teenage girl with an interesting (and spooky!) ability-- she sees everyone's "death date" on their foreheads, a grisly prediction of when everyone she comes into contact with will die. When Maddie tells a client that her son will pass on a certain day, and he ends up going missing on that exact date, law enforcement becomes hot on Maddie's tail, convinced she's connected to what we soon learn are grisly murders. Maddie is in a race against time to prove not only her own innocence, but the innocence of her best friend who has gotten dragged into her hot mess. Will Maddie discover the truth in time or will her death date change to a date much, much sooner than she could have ever predicted? All will be revealed in this fast-paced thriller by Victoria Laurie.
Mmkay... right this SECOND, I want you to add this book to your TBR list. Seriously, right NOW. GO! What are you waiting for?! *taps foot impatiently* Usually books like this are oh-so-predictable, but Laurie will keep you on your toes, guessing and looking a fool until the very end. Great writing, great story, great characters... what more do you need? The only non-gushy thing I have to whine about is why they changed the title! When I read this as an ARC, it was titled Death Date which I loved. When? Not so much. But when a book is THIS good, it really doesn't matter what the heck you call it. Seriously. It's THAT good. Enjoy!