Maddie Fynn has had a unique gift since before she could read and write. She could see a series of numbers above the foreheads of each person she met, seen on TV, or in a photograph. Unfortunately, she did not understand exactly what the numbers meant until the day her father’s accident. Then Maddie knew, the numbers were the dates that people would die.
Left with the devastating guilt that she did not figure out the numbers until it was too late and not knowing if she could have changed anything anyway, Maddie begins to earn money by offering readings to those who wished to know their death dates.
When a young boy goes missing on the date that Maddie knew he would die, the police bring in Maddie to possibly help solve what seems to be turning into a series of missing young people. Although skeptical with what Maddie can truly offer, the police find her to be right on with the numbers, not realizing that Maddie’s involvement is making her a person of interest to someone who is very dangerous.
WHEN is a YA read that takes the paranormal trend to a new level (at least new to me). The knowing of the death dates is a burden I for one would not want to carry. While I enjoyed the writing and story development I just could not suspend reality far enough to fully love this one. There were too many outrageous things overlooked in this book that made it too much for me.
In all honesty, this could very well be a win for a younger person, an excellent MG to YA for someone more willing to accept this one. And in all honesty, I could just be too old for this story.
And yeah… it hurt to say that. 😉