What We Saw at Night (Paperback)
January 2013 Indie Next List
“Can you imagine never being able to see the sun? Allie and her two closest friends, Juliet and Rob, all suffer from XP, a fatal allergy to sunlight, and can only come out at night. Juliet introduces Allie and Rob to Parkour -- the extreme sport of scaling and leaping off tall buildings, dangerous by day but deadly in darkness. Even scarier is observing a murder taking place in one of the buildings the trio is scaling. Only Allie investigates the incident, wondering why Rob and Juliet are ignoring her. Mitchard offers a thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end -- and beyond.”
— Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
Allie Kim suffers from "Xeroderma Pigmentosum" a fatal allergy to sunlight that confines her and her two best friends, Rob and Juliet, to the night. When freewheeling Juliet takes up Parkour the stunt-sport of scaling and leaping from tall buildings Allie and Rob have no choice but to join her, if only to protect her. Though potentially deadly, Parkour after dark makes Allie feel truly alive, and for the first time equal to the daytimers.
On a random summer night, the trio catches a glimpse of what appears to be murder and the murderer sees them, too. A game of cat-and-mouse ensues that escalates through the underground world of experimental treatment, off-the-grid sports, and forbidden love. Allie, who can never see the light of day, discovers she alone can stop a human monster.
About the Author
"New York Times" bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard has written many novels for adults, including "Two If by Sea". She has also written young adult novels; children s books; a memoir, "Mother Less Child;" and a collection of essays, " The Rest of Us" "Dispatches from the Mother Ship". Her first novel, "The Deep End of the Ocean", was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, later adapted for a feature film starring and produced by Michelle Pfeiffer. Mitchard is the editor in chief and co-creator of Merit Press and a professor of fiction and creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband and their nine children.
Praise For What We Saw At Night
An Indie Next Selection
“Dangerously addictive, breathtakingly beautiful, terminally awesome.”
—Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of Shine
“A thrilling ride through the darkness... Dark, suspenseful and quietly beautiful.”
—Melissa Walker, author of Small Town Sinners
"The plot is intricately woven, with twists at every turn. Mitchard's exemplary writing takes a masterful detour into young adult territory."
—Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of Criminal
“Allie’s... voice [is] honest and real...fascinating looks at both Parkour and a disease so unconventional that it turns the lives of patients and families upside down.”
—Booklist, High Demand Review
“What We Saw at Night is an engaging blend of real-world drama involving a life-and-death illness and a whodunit thriller. Imagine John Green's recent The Fault in Our Stars in a mashup with a Nancy Drew mystery. Plus some roof jumping and wall scaling.”
"The fast pace is set from the beginning with Juliet’s dazzling jump across the buildings... recommended for readers who enjoy a unique twist on realistic fiction."
"Atmospheric, melancholy... breathtaking"
“This latest from Mitchard is quickly paced and intricately plotted, with flares of humor cobbled into the dialogue.... The suspense will keep [readers] engrossed.”
“An interesting page-turner ... the cliff-hanger ending will have most readers waiting for the next installment.”
—School Library Journal