Book Recommendation: When

Is it weird that I’m envious of a cover’s eyebrows?

It’s officially Bookmas, the holiday post-Christmas craziness when you try to cram as many books as you can into your brain before the new year. It is also a great excuse to avoid your family and all their holiday lunacy.

Which is what I’m doing. I have a very low lunacy threshold.

Enter Victoria Laurie’s When, a paranormal thriller that made me forget just how much I ate on Christmas day. And why my pants no longer fit. Here’s the blurb:

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 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?

Not really surprising, all it takes to escape my family is a good murder.

What Intrigued Me: Seeing someone’s death date is a unique psychic ability. Not one you see a lot in books. Mostly because it’s so sad. Seeing when everyone dies, but not the how (or how to stop it)? It might be the most depressing of X-men abilities.

What Hooked Me: This is going to sound weird, but my frustration with the FBI. This is my interpretation of the cops investigating the murders:

Maddie: I can see when people are going to die.
FBI: Lolz. Wut? No. U cray cray.

Which is frustrating, because as the reader you know she’s telling the truth, but of course the FBI doesn’t believe her. Why would they. So I had to keep reading, just to reach the point where they were like, “Oh. You’re right. Our bad.”

What Made Me Fall In Love: Stubbs. Ironically, the guy who never gets the girl got this one. I love a good best friend, and Stubbs was all that. It was one of those times I really wanted to reach into a book and give a character a hug.

The most dangerous of hugs

When is available January 13 from Amazon and your local bookstore. Pick up a copy before it expires.

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