Book Review: I Know When You're Going To Die by Michael J Bowler
I Know When You’re Going To Die
Michael J. Bowler
Genre: YA Suspense/Thriller
Publisher: Michael J. Bowler, Author
Date of Publication: Release date 2/25/2020
Number of pages: 212
Word Count: 81K
Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics
Leonardo Cantrell is a painfully shy sixteen-year-old who cannot look people in the eye. One night while he’s volunteering at a homeless shelter, an old man forces eye contact and gives Leo the power to see Death.
His best, and only, friend—J.C. Rivera—thinks this new power is cool until Leo accidentally looks into J.C.’s eyes and “sees” his murder, a murder that will occur in less than two weeks. Stunned and shaken, the two boys sift through clues in Leo’s “vision” in a desperate effort to find the killer and stop him before he can strike.
Aided by feisty new-girl-at-school, Laura, the boys uncover evidence suggesting the identity of the murderer. However, their plan to trap the would-be killer goes horribly awry and reveals a truth that could kill them all.
My Review 31/2 Black Cats Out of 5
I think this book is great for young adults and teens. It has a great message of kindness and tolerance that is severely lacking now a days. The main character is caring and helps the poor and doesn't care about material gain. I think that is an excellent quality that more people need.
As for the rest of the plot of the story I'd say older adults who are well read might find it too predictable. The book is well written and edited well but does have a very familiar story structure.
But if you are like me and are intrigue by the idea behind this story, a boy given the ability to see people's deaths, then read on. I do wish more was done with the actual ability, something more clever.
I do recommend giving this book a chance. I think many young readers will relate it and enjoy the story.
Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in Northern California. He majored in English/Theatre at Santa Clara University, earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and a master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Michael taught high school in Hawthorne, California, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities. When Michael is not writing, you can find him volunteering as a youth mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and raising his newly adopted son. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, and hopes his books can show young people they are not alone in their struggles.