TITLE: What We Saw At Night
AUTHOR: Jacquelyn Mitchard
FORMAT: eBook, 218 pages
The world is different at night. Allie and her two closest friends, Rob and Juliet, know this better than anyone. The three all share the same genetic condition: Xeroderma Pigmentosum, a fatal allergy to sunlight. The only world they can truly live in is the one that emerges when the sun goes down. They have been friends forever, banding together against the disease that has every possibility of claiming their lives before they can even begin to truly live. But being unable to tolerate daylight doesn’t prevent the trio from trying to get as much out of life as they possibly can. They explore the streets and unearth buried secrets by the light of the moon, having the run of Iron Harbor from dusk until the last few hours before dawn. But it’s when they take up parkour, a stunt sport involving climbing and vaulting off tall buildings, that the thrill factor hits the ceiling. And it’s because of this need for a thrill that they find themselves witnessing something they shouldn’t have seen, what no Daytimer would ever have known about: murder.
The idea behind this book is, I think, brilliant. It covers rarely explored territory, promises a suspenseful plot. This is why I was drawn to it in the first place. And it isn’t that the plot lacks action or mystery, because it has those things — it just all suffers from poor execution. What We Saw At Night falls victim to a lot of tension that ultimately fizzes out far too soon.