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I Know When You're Going To Die

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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 occu
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Published February 25th 2020 by Michael J. Bowler, Author (first published February 17th 2020)
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Whispering Stories
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Among the ranks of superheroes, seeing the future has always carried more of a burden. In the book “I Know When You’re Going to Die,” this gift takes an even darker turn.

In his town, Leo, the main character, is known as “Shy Boy” or “Ninja Turtle.” He’s painfully shy, and among the ranks of his equally rich peers, Leo sticks out like a sore thumb. He isn’t popular in the least, and prioritises using his privilege and wealth as a reminder to help others i
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A young boy named Leo is given a gift to see people's futures. Unfortunately it is a curse because he knows when people die. When he accidentally looks into his best friend J.C.'s eyes, he can see him murdered. Can Leo save his friend before it is too late? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good YA thriller. If you enjoy stories about friendship and more, be sure to check this book out wherever books and ebooks are sold.
Sue Plant
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
would like to thank netgalley and the publishers for letting me read this book

this is about a gift being passed to someone deserving or not...depending on how you view the gift of being able to see when someone dies and how they die...

leo is just any ordinary young adult, still attending school but in his spare time he helps the homeless and he gives to the poor, so when one of the down and outs asks for him, he stops what he is doing and goes in search of this man...and what follows is the most
Kayla Krantz
Ooh okay.

So where to begin with this review since I absolutely adored EVERYTHING about this book.

Leo isn’t like his classmates. Instead of worrying about material things and selfies, he spends his time helping out the less fortunate. That’s how he meets a homeless man who changes his life by giving him the ability to see when people are going to die. Leo reasons that as long as he doesn’t look into anyone’s eyes, he’ll be fine. Then, he accidentally looks into his best friend’s eyes and sees he’
Billy Buttons
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: I Know When You’re Going To Die
Author: Michael J. Bowler

Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 16
Editing: 9/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Content: 9/10
Cover: 10/10
Of the 16 readers:
16 would read another book by this author.
16 thought the cover was good or excellent.
15 felt it was easy to follow.
16 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
Of all the readers, 12 felt the author’s strongest skill
Carro Herdegen
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: R (71 swears, 0 “f” + Spanish swears); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13
Sixteen-year-old Leo isn’t like the other rich kids in the community, as illustrated by his nickname Shy Boy and having a grand total of one friend. Having a hard time even looking people in the eye, Leo prefers to stay in the background anyway. However, when he’s given the power to see when people will die, Leo has a choice: let someone be murdered or find the courage to stop it.
The premise of Leo’s story is fu
Dallas Vinson
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Another win for Bowler

Michael does it again. Doesn't seem to matter if it's Fantasy, Mystery or Horror. Michael once again shows himself to be a master of any genre he decided to tackle.

"I Know When You're Going To Die" is a wonderful roller coaster ride with a twist I never saw coming, and a wonderful moral to boot: "Not everyone is what they seem to be." And brings into wonderful perspective the old adage "Don't judge a book by its cover."

Another book I would highly recommend should be in EVER
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020, arc
What if you were given the ability to see how and when people were going to die, and you had the chance to stop it from happening to your best friend? This is exclty that case of what happens to Leo and his friend J.C. Leo is one of the quiet shy kids at Costa High who is a kind soul and spends his time volunteering at soups kitchens, it is here that he encounters a homeless man who bestow onto Leo his ability allowing him to pass on and die safe in the knowledge that someone worthy of it is goi ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OH MY HELL! Michael J. Bowler is a new to me author, and despite this possibly sounding weird, I'm in love! AND I make no apologies because male authors need love too! I Know When You're Going to Die was completely original, uniquely compelling story that I couldn't get enough of. If you want to know a lot of details, then you'll have to read the Blurb, as it was full of suspense, and I'm not about spoilers. Leo is a boy who gets a new gift to see things surrounding death. Unfortunately, this ta ...more
Such a unique and fascinating book! Fantastically written full of mystery, suspense, friendship, and murder, it's a 'who-done-it' before it's done! I thoroughly enjoyed the first-person point of view from Leo. It helped me understand what was going through his mind and how he was really dealing with the whole concept of knowing when people are going to die. You usually see multiple POV's these days so it was unique and refreshing. I loved that he visited the homeless shelters and those in great ...more
Kathy Rouchelle
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding read that captures you attention with it's mystery, intrigue and erie undertone. The characters are wonderfully written and quite complex in their own way. Based on a gift or a curse, young Leo's life has changed, but is it for the better or for the worse? These characters are high school students at a school for the wealthy, where prestige is everything and the weak are targets for the bully and his cronies. Where image is everything and not everyone is what they appear to be.

An ed
Rachel Churcher
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This review is also available on my blog, Unsupervised in a Bookstore .

Michael J Bowler's tightly paced thriller begins with a gift. Leo is volunteering at homeless shelter, when one of the men gives him the power to see someone's death when he looks into their eyes. The old man tells him to make wise choices, assures Leo that he's the right person to take on this gift, and then dies, leaving Leo without guidance or advice. I would call this book 'wholesome teen horror' - and I realise I'm go
May 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was given this ebook in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read it. I don't know if I need to switch up genres or what, but horror/thriller has always been my go to fav genre. But the last few I've read (especially frustrating because it looks like I only give bad reviews on Netgalley!) I just am laboring right finish. Don't get be wrong, this book was well written good plot and had plenty of good parts, but overall, I feel like the genre has become one of try to w ...more
Mar 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
i can't believe this took me so long. what can i say other than: it was painful ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
(i would like to add that i saw this for less than one euro on amazon or smt and i got more or less exactly what i expected, and then i had to read at the back of the book that the author actually has several novels published and won awards for some thing or other. not what i was expecting, ok.......)
i will definitely have to write a blog post about this, just because.... like... so much issue... so many pai
Reader Views
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Michael J. Bowler’s “I Know When You’re Going To Die” follows sixteen-year-old Leonardo Cantrell. One night, while volunteering at a local homeless shelter, Leo has a mysterious encounter with one of the shelter’s residents that will change his life forever. The strange old man ‘gifts’ Leo with a magic power that will allow him to see when another person is going to die just by making eye contact. At first, Leo isn’t sure what he’s supposed to do with this newfound superpower, but then the unthi ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earc, in-english, fantasy
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

I know where you're going to die is a very peculiar and unique book. Leo, the main character, is terribly shy, he suffers from social anxiety. He's rich, lives in a beautiful house, his mother is a movie bigwig and he's surrounded by superficial and spoiled people, like his classmates. The only one who gets him, they really get and understand each other, is J.C., his best friend, more outgoing and fan of stylish and designed thi
Sherrie Cronin
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the cleverly titled I know When You’re Going to Die, Michael J Bowler begins with a fascinating premise and delivers a taut and unpredictable tale. I raced through it.

The concept of needing to solve a murder before it happens is an interesting one. I’ve seen it elsewhere in science fiction, but the idea of having a “superpower” to know when others will die is unique, as far as I know, and the whole idea of solving a crime to prevent it is well executed here.
The pacing is perfect. The suspense
Reads A-Lot
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
17-year old Leo has been volunteering at a homeless shelter for the last three years. One night, he comes across a homeless man who’s been watching him, saying that he’s “the one.” Leo took his hand and stared into the vagrant’s eyes and…suddenly everything changed. The man gave him a gift…or a curse. He couldn’t be sure, but he couldn’t die until he passed it along.

Now, every time Leo looks into someone’s eyes, he knows when that person is going to die. Ooh, chilling! Imagine knowing the exact
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, dark, fantasy
4.25 stars

“I Know When You’re Going to Die” by Michael J. Bowler follows sixteen-year-old Leonardo (Leo) Cantrell as he navigates life more interested in serving the less fortunate than keeping up with the latest fashion trends. An unexpected “gift” results in his being able to foretell a person’s death after looking into their eyes. Facing bullies at school and trying to come to terms with his newfound power, Leo must discover a way to change the outcome of his visions or risk losing his best f
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
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
Becky Baldridge
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Gift or curse? Either way, Leo is stuck with the power to see when people are going to die. The big question is what should he do about it? Until he sees his best friend's death. Figuring out the whodunit before they do it is an interesting concept, and it does a fair job of keeping the pages turning. In addition to the mystery, this story touches on friendship, diversity, and acceptance. The pacing is steady, the characters are interesting, and I did want to finish to see how it would all play ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Title: I Know When You’re Going to Die
Author: Michael J. Bowler
Publisher: Michael J. Bowler
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Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
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 l
Rate: ⭐️ ⭐️
Author: Michael J. Bowler
Publish Date: February 25, 2020
Series: N/A


Thank you so much to Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and Michae J. Bowler for giving me an ARC of the author’s I Know When You’re Going To Die via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What if you are given the power to know when people are going to die? What would you do? Leo is a shy, rich kid. Unlike his peers, he does not live a lavish life, and instead focuses on helping the poor and needy
M.T. DeSantis
I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Read an excerpt and follow the Goddess Fish book tour here.
This book’s premise grabbed my attention, and I’m very glad I chose to review it. This is a great read about friendship and the power of hatred. It also packs a mind-blowing mystery and just a hint of the supernatural. In short, it’s got bunches of things I love, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Leo and J.C.’s relationship is fantastic. Fiction needs more guy best f
Tynea Lewis
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I Know When You're Going to Die follows Leonard Cantrell (Leo), who has a mysterious power that allows him to know exactly when a person is going to die by looking into their eyes. Leo drives a beat-up Prius and spends every weekend volunteering at homeless shelters. While working his usual shift, a homeless man requests to talk to Leo. The homeless man persuades Leo to look into his eyes and forces the magical power on Leo. Leo's friend J.C. thinks it's a really cool power, but Leo perceives i ...more
Christine Woinich
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At first, I thought this was going to be a bit dry and slow, though I loved the entire concept of Leo's gift. All of a sudden, it became a real page turner as Leo, JC, and Laura race to prevent JC's murder. I loved Leo's innocence and determination. JC was a strong supportive friend, though he had his secrets. Laura added a more level-headed dimension to this trio, and I enjoyed their journey through growth, change, and danger. The ending was a surprise which gave a satisfactory conclusion to th ...more
LitPick Book Reviews
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can you imagine knowing when people will die? Would it be a curse or a blessing? Would you help people or let them die? Well, that is exactly what Leo was challenged with. He’s usually shy anyway, but now he has a real reason to not look people in the eye. When an enemy causes Leo to accidentally look into his best friend's eyes, he sees the worst of all! His friend is going to die in a week by MURDER! The only detail he sees is a jacket with a cobra and his friend with a knife in him. After som ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Review

A brilliant read, the author does an amazing job of capturing the raw nature of fear that grips us all when staring into the face of death while also delving into the hardships and struggles modern day teens face from peers and adults alike.

The story weaves together a tale of suspense and horror into a modern day high school drama setting, bringing together the problems teens face all too often, including the process of finding one’s place in the world. As protagonist Leo sets out to
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrillers
I know you're going to die review:
This book is about a guy named Leonardo, who is the chosen one and has this power of seeing how someone would die by looking in thier eyes.
Now, the plot seemed something interesting but the writer didn't quite pick up the opportunities to take this book from a 3 to 5 star i feel like.
The writing here is very simple but I'd say it's even more simple than needed. Also, too much of telling instead of showing.

The characters were bland and it was hard to differen
Michael Bowler
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Since I've spent so much time with these characters and crafting the plot surrounding them, how can I not love the story? Seriously, though, this is a fun book from the mystery/thriller perspective. But it also contains important themes about the value of friendship, selflessness, and the need to accept differences in others. ...more
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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 for many years, b ...more

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