You can’t blame us for wanting to carpe that diem if our diems are numbered.
Allie in WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT

Allie, Juliet and Rob are “Children of the Moon”. No, don’t worry, you won’t find any creepy bloodsuckers or hairy fairytale creatures in this novel. The three teenagers suffer from Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a very rare genetic disorder, a potentially lethal sun  light allergy. They live like ghosts , in the same city as their families or other persons of their age but somehow in a parallel universe, a night universe, because they have to prevent any exposure to sunlight.

Most people with XP die before they are forty. This is a cruel fate, but Allie, Juliet and Rob stick together and try to make the most out of it. The three of them spend almost every night together, exploring the city when the rest of the world is asleep. One day, Juliet the daredevil in this group, comes up with the idea of training for Parkour, a quite challenging sport with running, climbing, crawling and jumping to traverse physical obstacles. Allie and Rob are all for it and soon they start reckless freerunning adventures, leaping from one tall building to another and exploring the rooftops all over the town. During one of their Parkour runs, Allie catches a glimpse into an illuminated window and sees something that seems to be a murder. Allie calls the police but they don’t find anything suspicious.

However, this is the turning point in Allies life. When she needed Parkour before to spice up her life, now the fun really starts because someone knows that Allie really saw something that she shouldn’t have seen. And this makes her life a spine chilling nightmare.

WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT is a really great novel with an interesting plot and fascinating characters. I definitely liked the way the kids faced their fate and enjoyed their lives. The Parkour parts are exciting and absolutely cool.

But this isn’t everything. Mitchard had me right from the first page. There were so many things going on in this novel that kept me from putting down the book, so many mysteries and loose ends that needed to be tied together at the end of the book. Allies fear and mistrust were almost tangible. So, did I enjoy the novel? Yeah, I did, but then the end left me speechless and yes, sort of furious. I knew, WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT, isn’t a stand alone novel, it is part of a trilogy (aren’t this all books today?). So, I also knew that the end might not tie all loose ends together. Yes, I was prepared for a cliffhanger, but I did not expect that the author might leave me hanging at the cliff on one single finger with not a clue where all this will end.

Up to the final chapter I would have been happy to give a five star recommendation for this novel because it was really engrossing. But the ending with no sense of resolution at all was too frustrating – so sorry, but I can give ‘only’ four stars. Now I can only hope for a more satisfying end of book two. Please, Ms. Mitchard, be nice to your readers!

What We Saw At Night
Author:
Jacquelyn Mitchard
Publisher: Soho Teen
ISBN-10: 1616951419
ISBN-13: 978-1616951412
Publication Date: January 08, 2013

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