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Sixteen-year-old Maddie Flynn cannot help but see the death date of everyone she meets or sees in a photograph or on-screen, and her alcoholic mother exploits this by having her do readings for money, but when Maddie predicts the death of a young boy, she becomes the center of an FBI investigation.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, Hyperion,, 2015
Edition: First edition
Description: 327 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781484700082
Branch Call Number: TEEN Laur


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This is a murder mystery! At the heart of the story is our main character, 15 year old Maddie, who as long as she can remember, can see people’s death date on their foreheads. Her home life is hard at the moment. Since her Dad died a few years ago, Maddie’s mom has been drinking to numb the pain,... Read More »

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Lizito04 Aug 20, 2017

Definitely a page turner!

Mar 16, 2017

Do you want to be able to tell when other people die? Well, in this novel, the protagonist Maddie can see the death date of everyone that she meets. Her power causes her more pain than joy, as a serial killer is out on the loose, and all signs point to her (because of her power). This book was…okay. I absolutely loved the concept of it, a girl who could tell when you die, I just felt that it needed something more. It has a bit of romance, but I felt that it could be developed a bit more throughout the book, and not just in the last chapter. The plot is very original and unpredictable. I couldn’t even predict who the real killer is until the last few chapters of the book. Overall, it is a fast and satisfying read. Rating 3.5/5
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 18, 2016

This would be the first book i would ever recomend you to read it is absloutly amazing, i couldent stop reading until i found the truth and the hole descovery absloutly amazing its just sad SPOLIER ALERT: that there wasent more about aiden in my opnion but i know that they will get married in the future😱❤️

samcmar Sep 01, 2016

Admittedly, I've heard nothing but amazing things about Victoria Laurie's novels. I figured I had nothing to lose when I requested When, but after completing the book, I'm not seeing the big deal surrounding it.

Part of my issues with When is how much you have to suspend your disbelief for this story to actually work. There are so many holes and aspects the reader is forced to accept, even though they don't make a lot of sense or connect together very well. In fact, just about anything related to the FBI in this story had me completely stumped because a lot of the time none of what would happen in this story WOULD happen.

I think the idea of Maddie being able to see people's deathdates is absolutely interesting, but I feel like this has been done before. For me, personally, the level of consequence for this power should have felt much more daunting than it actual did. I think I was expecting more in the vein of "With great power comes great responsibility" but Maddie is frustrating in that she isn't responsible, and reveals her power without a good reason! I don't think the reason she reveals it in this story is at all valid, and again it comes from this level of belief suspension.

I just couldn't get behind this story. Yes, it's a fast and readable book, but the holes are so glaring and I just couldn't suspend my disbelief the way the book wanted me to. I didn't care about the plot or the characters, and the treatment of power aggravated me in some many ways. When is not a bad book, but its expectations of the reader are certainly troublesome. If you can suspend your disbelief to the farthest reaches, you can definitely find enjoyment in this book, but it simply didn't click with me.

Jul 04, 2016

I couldn't put this book down. I was intrigued after reading the introduction and a little hesitant because of the extroadinary talent that Maddie possesses. However, The whole story line/plot was so suspenseful and full of possibilities and kept a reader guessing page , after page that I couldn't stop reading.

Jun 05, 2016

I found it odd that the main character's name was Maddie Flynn, as that is the same (exact) name as one of the characters in Dayna Lorentz's "No Safety in Numbers" trilogy. Coincidence?

May 23, 2016

Clever premise in this crime drama kept me turning pages until the mystery is solved. I did keep wondering how I might handle this "phantasical" situation, which seems rife with possibilities. Author Laurie handles character development and plot deftly, and suspense is heightened with side stories about Maddie's mom, and FBI agent Mack Faraday.

Oct 31, 2015

I am a senior citizen,vwho loved this book. I couldnt put it down My sister agreed.

Apr 05, 2015

I loved this book. A really fast paced thriller with lots of suspense and close calls. I could barely put it down. The climax was AMAZING and it makes the book really worth reading. The book overall painted a very good picture of the Maddie's world and the struggles of being the center of a local news headline.

multcolib_susannel Feb 17, 2015

Being able to read the death date of every person she sees can be a burden, but when several teens were brutally murdered it looks to the FBI as if Maddie didn't just predict it, she made it come true.

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