Wednesday, August 12, 2020

I Know When You’re Going to Die by Michael J. Bowler - OPTIONAL


I Know When You’re Going to Die by Michael J. Bowler, 212 pages. Michael J. Bowler, 2020. $10.

Language: R (71 swears, 0 “f” + Spanish swears); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



16yo Leo isn’t like the other rich kids in the community, as illustrated by his nickname Shy Boy and having a grand total of one friend. Having a hard time even looking people in the eye, Leo prefers to stay in the background anyway. However, when he’s given the power to see when people will die, Leo has a choice: let someone be murdered or find the courage to stop it.

The premise of Leo’s story is fun, though the execution could be cheesy at times, especially at the end. I enjoyed the suspense and how Bowler crafted the foreshadowing. While I’m disappointed that readers can’t figure out who the bad guy is on their own, the foreshadowing allowed me to feel a sense having figured other details out before the grand reveal at the climax. The mature content rating is for drug and alcohol use, mentions of groping, and illegal activity. The violence rating is for knife and gun use, blood and gore, and murder.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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