To Read or Not to Read?

When by Victoria Laurie

Note: I received a free ARC of When from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. And I’m sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it. I’ve been distracted by library books with due dates.

Now moving on to the book.

The plot for When was interesting and enjoyable though very unbelievable. And I’m not talking about Maddie’s “special ability.” Now here’s why.

When’s main character, Maddie Fynn, sees numbers above everyone’s foreheads. Once her father dies while on duty at the police department her family realizes that what Maddie sees is the date the person will die. Eventually, due to money issues, Maddie uses her ability for a little bit of extra income. She’ll tell the person their death date, or the death date of a loved one, in exchange for some cash.

Not long after the start of the book trouble starts when Maddie tells a woman her son is about to die and then he goes missing on said date. The woman can’t help but assume Maddie had something to do with it and she goes to the authorities.

Only even as everything happens to Maddie, the story isn’t just about her. She has an alcoholic mother, a true best friend whose belief in her lands him in hot water, and a wonderful neighbor.

Now Maddie’s ability and the mystery of what is happening to the missing kids is interesting. But Laurie’s snag is that she has the FBI investigating Maddie. Sorry but it is not likely the FBI would spend hours interrogating and following a teenage girl when the only thing tying her to a crime is a “psychic” link. The agents are also very unprofessional.

Other than that I liked how the story was woven together. Plot points and conversations from early on became important later, always a nice touch. Characters were a little predictable and the ending was wrapped up a bit too nicely but it made for a cute mystery novel where all loose ends were tied up. And I’m glad I finally got around to reading it.


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