Author: Kelsey Sutton
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense
Publisher: Diversion Books
First Published: February 28, 2017
First Line: "My eyes open."
Book Description from GoodReads: Seventeen-year-old Ivy Erickson has one month, twenty-seven days, four hours, fifty-nine minutes, and two seconds to live.
Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been able to see countdown clocks over everyone's heads indicating how long before they will die. She can't do anything about anyone else’s, nor can she do anything about her own, which will hit the zero hour before she even graduates high school.
A life cut short is tragic, but Ivy does her best to make the most of it. She struggles emotionally with her deep love for on-again, off-again boyfriend Myers Patripski. She struggles financially, working outside of school to help her mom and her sister. And she struggles to cope with the murder of her best friend, another life she couldn't save. Vanessa Donovan was killed in the woods, and everyone in town believes Ivy had something to do with it.
Then more girls start disappearing. Ivy tries to put her own life in order as she pieces together the truth of who ended Vanessa's. To save lives and for her own sanity.
The clock is always ticking. And Ivy's only hope is to expose the truth before it runs out completely.
My Rating: 3 stars
My Review: This is a teen read featuring seventeen-year-old, Ivy who can see a running countdown to the exact moment everyone around her, including herself, will die. It was this premise that drew me to the book initially but there are a few different genres at play within the story. Adding to the paranormal aspect there is also a mystery regarding the death of Ivy's best friend and a strong focus on Contemporary Fiction involving family and romantic relationships.
A lot of page time was spent with Ivy's relationships with her family and Myers, her ex-boyfriend to whom she's still quite attached. Sutton delves into the various themes of life and death well and I liked how Ivy uses her paranormal knowledge to help those around her as her death draws nearer.
But with so much focus on Ivy's relationships the mystery wasn't nearly as engaging. It lost focus in a few spots and never took up the reigns, remaining on the fringe of the story. There are some tense moments towards the end of the book but, in the end, I'd call this more of a contemporary teen read with a side of mystery.
As a main character, Ivy is hardworking and the strongest force in her small family but she's lonely and has a bleak feel to her as she continues to mourn the loss of her one and only friend Vanessa. Her ability to see the countdown above each person is interesting but I would have liked to have known why she has this ability. It also didn't play enough of a role in the book, mainly being used to influence Ivy's relationships with others and not as a major part of the mystery.
While the suspense aspect was weaker than expected, this is a good contemporary read that makes you think about how you'll make the most out of the time you have left.
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Diversion Books at NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.