What We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard [Review]


  • Title: What We Saw At Night
  • Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • Publisher: Soho Teen
  • ISBN: 9781616951429
  • Published: 08/01/13


I probably should preface this review with stating that the review copy I had from @netgalley was clearly an early ARC so I’m sure some of the issues I had with the book no longer exist, some of them will and the main one I’m certain does.

But first let’s talk about what I did like, because there were some things I really did like about the book. Firstly, for the most part I really did like the narrator, and I was quickly drawn into her world, you do occasionally want to knock some sense into her, but that only serves to makes her seem an even more real. And the friendship between the main three characters at least before circumstances change things is really nicely shown.

Which segues nicely in to what for me is the best thing about the book, and that’s the depiction of their life at night and their adventures in Parkour. Jacquelyn Mitchard does a great job of joys and despairs of living the life they have to lead, and partners it with the excitement of nights of Parkour.

The plot twists that kick in after one of those nights are both a strength and a weakness to the story, Jacquelyn Mitchard takes the story in a totally different direction to what you expect (which is a brilliant thing to happen), and keeps doing so, until the full story** is revealed. But those same twists sometimes work against the book as we never know more than our narrator, it sometimes leads to frustration rather than a desire to unravel the mystery.

**But for me the real problem with the book is the ending, it’s not even a cliffhanger, it just stops, at a point which feels like half the book was missing. I felt cheated. (Even with the teaser of the first couple of chapters of the next book that is included).

Such a shame, because otherwise the pluses would easily have outweighed the minuses, now I’m not so sure.

A passion project from Jacquelyn Mitchard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN, WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT is the story of three outsiders, teens with a deadly allergy to sunlight that forces them to live a life opposite of everyone else in their small town.

When they discover the extreme sport Parkour, it seems that they’ve finally found something uniquely theirs—even if leaping from buildings in the dark feels somewhat suicidal.

Everything changes when they witness a horrible crime while practicing on an allegedly empty building. Worse: what they see, sees them, too.

Buy: What We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

My copy of this book was provided by the publisher via @netgalley for review purposes.

2 thoughts on “What We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard [Review]

  • November 17 at 12:33 pm

    I have this on my shelf. I love Mitchard and I’m so looking forward to this. I read only your last line (don’t want to be influenced 🙂 ) I hope my experience is better than yours.

    • November 20 at 9:15 pm

      Well there were lots of things about the book I did like, so hopefully you’ll love it. 🙂

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