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Publisher's Summary

Pretty Little Liars meets Medium in this fast-paced thriller and fantastic YA debut from a New York Times bestselling author.

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?

©2015 Victoria Laurie (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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When is your death day?

I'm a big fan of Victoria Laurie's work and have devoured both her cozy mystery series. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, since it's quite a departure from her other work. I'm happy to say, this book is excellent! It's much darker than her others, but oh, so good! I couldn't stop listening to this one on Audible. And the narrator is absolutely phenomenal--she really added to the story.

36 of 38 people found this review helpful

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Pretty good if a little slow at times

Admittedly there was a section where I just had to skip forward, it was maddeningly slow and a little depressing. I guess its better to say that there weren't enough lighter moments to counter the darkness of the story. I had to take breaks to keep from getting bogged down in the gloom of the characters involved. This story could defintely have used some more lighter moments.

Also there were instances when the protagonist was unbelievably nieve for a teen in this day and age. I found myseld being frustrated by some of the choices made by a few of the characters that honestly just didn't make any sense. Still, overall it was a good listen.

The narrator read the story well and portrayed her parts convincingly...but the emphasis she placed on the phrase, "and then" grew to be more and more distracting.

I gave this an overall score of four because it has so much potential and the overarching story really was good. All on all, it was a good listen and I dont regret the money spent.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Not for me

I couldn't finish this book and returned it - thank you Audible! It may have been intended for a much younger audience - like 10 year olds. The story was unbelievable and disjointed.

48 of 53 people found this review helpful

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  • Jaime
  • CA, United States
  • 02-13-15

Okay

What did you love best about When?

I enjoyed the overall story, but I had issues with some of the characters, which became distracting and ruined the book for me. Some of the things that happened within the book were unexpected, while others were so well foretold all that was missing was a neon sign.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the idea of a person being able to read people's death dates.That was what drew me in.

Which character – as performed by Whitney Dykhouse – was your favorite?

I suppose Maddie was performed best by the narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, not really. I found that I grew frustrated with the stupid actions of Maddie and her BFF. Some of their choices made me want to scream as they were just so dumb. It was probably the hardest thing to get through in terms of enjoyment toward the story. I found I had to stop listening, just to calm down.

Any additional comments?

I seriously hope that Victoria Laurie goes back to the drawing board with the two main characters of Maddie and Stubs. I would love it if she made them a bit more intelligent when it comes to common sense/ right or wrong situations. Because if either of these kids were my own, I'd probably drink just like one of the parents in the story did.

Also another gripe I have was the way the "bullying" issue was handled. I cannot believe how it was presented let alone the solution that was used to resolve it. I don't know of any parent who would allow their child to continue going to school were such horrible behavior and abuse was shown toward them. That was completely ludicrous!

Anyhow, this is supposed to be a new series, so here's to hoping some improvements are made, because there is a lot of promise here.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Gregory
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • 09-22-17

Took a chance and lost

What would have made When better?

Primarily, it would have been better if I were a young teenage girl with banal aspirations.

I like taking a chance on stories targeted towards different demographics, and have often been pleasantly surprised. I was quite hopeful with an award winning book.

During the story I kept thinking of the daughter in the "24" TV series. She kept on doing so many stupid things, you were just hoping fate would take her.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from When?

Too many to enumerate.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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story hit a snag

For the most part this book was very good. Until it hit a snag near the end. I was very disappointed how the author first introduced the killer. Not to spoil the book, but if anyone knows the meaning of cognitive dissonance they will understand what I am talking about. It means to be led to think one thing that is not acceptable or made to believe one thing that does not compute. Other than that I enjoyed this book very much. Great narration.

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Live for the moment

The fear of death is something we all face and this is what happens when one girl knows that death is coming, Maddie at times seems younger than her years and other times she's the oldest soul in the world. Her going from victim to hero is a wondrous progressions

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Had potential....but fell short

I really wanted to like this book but it was just full of holes. So many ridiculous scenarios. Sorry, but it was LAME

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Sweet and Dangerous

This has to be my favourite audiobook I’ve listened to so far. I loved that there was an element of sci-fi but it was also kept very realistic. The narrator was fantastic and made it easy to identify the characters.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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When; I thought it was a bit slow to start

I began this book several times before actually settling down to read it. I thought it was going to prove to be something I Did not like.
Once I got into the FBI investigation
I began to really enjoy the book. I was certain that I had figured out "Who Done It" several chapters before the end of the book. I was truly surprised to discover that the killer was not who I had guessed.
That does not often happen. The book was a real mail biter, one of those that are impossible to put down
Very Enjoyable!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful