Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Review Tour + #Giveaway: I Know When You're Going To Die by Michael J Bowler @MichaelJBowler @GoddessFish

I Know When You're Going To Die
by Michael J Bowler
GENRE: Mystery/Thriller


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.


J.C. slurps his drink and waits till I’m ready. This is one of those moments I need a lot of time. Five minutes pass while I process everything I saw in   Kyle’s eyes. I know J.C. is about to jump out of his skin, so I finally whisper, “He’s going to be shot.”

“No way!” J.C. looks as shocked as I’ve ever seen him. “When?” “Tuesday.”

He gags on the sip he’s taking. “You sure?” I nod.

“Could you see where?”

I shake my head. “It was hazy. The gun went off and he was on the ground bleeding out.”

“Oh, my God!” J.C. puts down his drink and we sit a moment in silence. He must know what I’m thinking because he says, “You can’t warn him, Leo.”

“Why not?”

He hesitates. “I don’t know for sure, but maybe it’s like he’s supposed to  die on Tuesday and if you warn him and he doesn’t, then maybe you create some rift in time or something, like in X-Men comics.”

J.C. is a major X-Men fan. Me, not so much. “J.C., he’s just a kid like us.”

“I know.” He pauses. “But what if you tell him now and on Tuesday he changes what he would normally do and because he changes his routine, that’s why he gets shot.”

Having had these geek conversations with him over the years about time travel and numerous “what if ” scenarios, I understand what he’s trying to tell me.

Make wise choices.

Was this what Mr. Franklin meant? That the choices I make to tell or not tell people what I see could be as significant as J.C. suggests

My Review:

Shy sixteen-year-old Leonardo Cantrell is a rich kid whose mom wants to buy him everything he wants and then some. His mom works in Hollywood on movies. Being a shy kid Leo doesn’t have any friends well except for his one and only friend J.C. Rivera. J.C. and Leo have been friends since elementary school when J.C. was taken for a swirl by a bully.

Leo likes to keep to himself as he is too shy to look people in the eye. None of the kids at school seem to like Leo but that is probably because they have never taken the time to get to know him. They probably think he is unfriendly and stuck up with him being too shy to look people in the eye.

Other kids his age like to party and hang out at clubs but Leo likes to help people that are less fortunate than him by volunteering at a homeless shelter. One day while he is helping out at the shelter Leo visit an old man who gives him a gift or a curse - which is determined by the way you perceive it.

He Leo is given the gift or curse to see when someone is going to die by looking into their eyes. This shouldn’t be too hard for Leo as he has a problem with this any way right? I would imagine that by knowing this one fact probably made Leo want to look into someone’s eyes without even trying now.

Without really wanting to Leo happens to look into his best friend J.C.’s eyes one day and sees that he is going to be murdered. Leo makes a promise that his friend was not going to die on his watch so to speak.

When Leo receives a vision he doesn’t get a whole lot and has very little to go as to who the murder is. Leo runs the pictures of J.C,’s death through his mind over and over hoping to see something that will lead him to who the killer is and to find the clues he needs to save his friends life.

I loved the whole concept of looking into someone’s and knowing when and how they were going to die that was a nicely added paranormal feature. I also loves how the kids worked together to find the killer and save their friends life.
I liked how I Know When You’re Going To Die held on to its secrets not letting go of them until the end and let me tell you that ending was somewhat surprising to say the least I never saw it coming but I will have to say it was brilliant.

If you are into thrillers and mystery novels with a touch of paranormal then you are going to love I know When You’re Going To Die. One click your copy today! 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Mya Murphy said...

This just sounds freaky.. I like it! I could see this being a movie.

Edgar Gerik said...

Great review

Michael J. Bowler said...

Thanks so much for hosting me and reviewing my book.

Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds like a good book!

James Robert said...

I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

Danielle merkle said...

Sounds like a good read

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