Friday, January 23, 2015
Book of the Week - When by Victoria Laurie
When is a terrifically entertaining read. It uses the same premise Rachel Ward used in her Numbers series; the protagonist can see the date someone is going to die by looking at them. I loved the Numbers series and its apocalyptic plot.
When is a fast paced thriller. It is the story of Maddie, the only child of an alcoholic mother, who has one friend and keeps a low profile. Her mother gets booze money by having Maddie do "readings" for clients because when Maddie looks into a face, whether in person or viewing a photo, she can see the date that person will die. When a client who has a child with cancer brings in a photo, Maddie is happy to tell her the child will outlive the disease but she sees an imminent date when she glimpses a photo of another child. The mother perceives this as a threat and when her son does goes missing Maddie becomes the prime suspect. Things go from bad to worse as a girl who her best friend has a crush on disappears and Maddie is linked to her, too. The climax is wonderful!
In addition to the top notch thriller plot, When also explores issues of friendship, bullying, isolation, and teens shouldering adult responsibilities. It is early in the year but this is going on my Top Ten for now.