# of Pages: 327
Maddie has been able to see numbers on everyone’s foreheads since she was a little girl, but it isn’t until her father dies suddenly that she realizes what they are: deathdates. After her father’s death her mother struggles with sobriety and stability and Maddie must become the caretaker and even the breadwinner when her mother strongly encourages her to give “readings” in which she tells people their death dates for money. Maddie hates doing this because it often causes pain, but she does not know how else to help her mother cope. After a reading with a wealthy woman asking about her sick daughter, Maddie is horrified to have to tell her that it is in fact the woman’s young son who has a quickly approaching death date. The woman does not take Maddie’s advice and feels she is threatening her young son. Maddie’s best friend even calls to warn her to keep a close eye on him in the hopes that his death date can change. Instead, Maddie and her best friend become prime suspects when that little boy goes missing after school one day. Things continue to get worse for Maddie and her best friend as more people linked to Maddie start disappearing. Is someone trying to frame her? Could it be someone who is close to her and knows what she can do? How can she stop anyone else from dying?
This premise is executed really well as you see how problematic and troubling this gift has been for Maddie and her family. Her uncle, a big shot attorney, tries his best to keep her out of jail for the suspicious disappearances that she seems to be predicting, but the evidence just keeps mounting against her. The reader cannot help but feel connected to Maddie and feels her fear as what is left of her meager world comes crashing down around her. The mystery itself comes to a very satisfying conclusion that will leave readers wanting more. Recommended for fans of mystery.