by Gretchen McNeil


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Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend, Nick, has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse. Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror—Jo.

Josie and Jo are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that briefly overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's fabulous life, Josie jumps at the chance to cross through the portal and switch places for a day. But Jo's world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there's a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it's too late?

From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had—and how they just might kill you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062118813
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Gretchen McNeil is the author of several young adult horror/suspense novels for Balzer + Bray, including Possess3:59, Relic, Get Even, Get Dirty, and the award-winning Ten. In 2016, Gretchen published her first YA comedy, I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and her next novel will be the horror-comedy #MurderTrending for Disney/Freeform. The film adaptation of Ten starring China Anne McClain (Descendants 2, Black Lightning) and Rome Flynn (The Bold and the Beautiful) premiered on Lifetime on September 16, 2017. Visit Gretchen online at www.gretchenmcneil.com.

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3:59 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
terferj More than 1 year ago
I was very skeptical when I first started. It didn’t pull me in and I wasn’t getting into it but that all changed when the switch happened. Oh my, what a horrible trade! It was crazy how similar their worlds were but yet so different. Josie ended up getting the bad deal in this bargain but things started looking up for her. She’s made some wrong choices but she was a smart cookie with figuring out what happened, what needs to be done, and just her quick thinking. This book was crazy and it had me flipping through it to get to the end to see what happens. I really truly ended up enjoying this and I would love if there was some more.
Nova_Blogder More than 1 year ago
I was initially excited to start this book, as it got reasonable hype. The idea sounded cool and I really like doppelgangers on The Vampire Diaries, which is why I hoped I would like this one too! To my happiness, it did not disappoint. My reactions kind of changed throughout the book, which isn't a bad thing! Not even in the slightest. First, I thought "oh, this has a lot of drama" because things happen at the beginning that make it sound more like a contemporary. Then things turned for the weird and I was like "that's fine, but I'm going to need some kind of explanation." However, that made me regret it because I got this truckload of science around the middle. I actually hate science because I find it really boring and I don't get it (most of the time). After that passed, it kind of went to this shocking moment (that wasn't all that shocking) where I was mildly surprised. Finally I went from that to heartbroken in .2 seconds and then the book closed. This book was very feels-inducing, as you can probably tell by my whirlwind of emotions. It was also very straightforward (seeming) and then the ending was pretty turny, though I suspected it a little. The plot was okay, if not a bit tiring in some spots. I felt like there was drama that didn't need to be there. I don't mind teen drama but this story had a cool theme that kind of became less cool because of the drama. To be honest, I didn't really like the characters. They were tolerable, but I just didn't like them. Sometimes they'd say things that were really intelligent and others they were so stupid. But they were tolerable which doesn't usually happen. I'm typically the love/hate kind of person which is why this is strange. However, I can say that they added to the story in ways where they were more than just boring plot devices. So that's a plus. 3:59 was kind of neutral for me. Usually I have loads to say (good and bad) about books, however there isn't too much. I liked it and it gave me feels, but that's about it. I didn't really have criticism for much nor did I have dislike. I'm hoping to go read another of McNeil's books because I've heard they're scary. I'm into scary!
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Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite Gretchen McNeil book to date!!! I'm more of a thriller reader than a horror aficionado and things like overlapping universes, doppelgängers and portals just make all my neurons fire. Add in intrigue, characters behaving unexpectedly and shadowy creatures and you've got an absolute page turner. And the ending???? I WANT MORE!!!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waits for the tomcats
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    This idea of parallel universes, traveling in time and such have always fascinated me. Because what if I had made a different decision, what if I had more money, what if, what if, what if. And this explores that, Josie jumps at the chance to live a different version of herself.      There is a lot of suspense in this one, with attacks and action right away.      I connected with and felt for Josie. Her parents were going through a tough seperation and it can't be understated how hard that is. Especially since they both put her in the middle and to top it all off, her mom has been working non-stop and she just feels so isolated and alone.      The science in this one really went over my head, but it seems well researched and thought out and though of course stretches the realm of possibility it is grounded in solid ideas.       There is a whole other spin on this alternate universe that Josie decides to jump into and try the life of Jo. This world has monsters and they will claw and eat you if you are in the dark. But of course Jo didn't tell Josie that, and she also hid other details from her so that she is surprised while living Jo's life.      The romance is interesting, and I liked seeing how nature and nurture made the parallel characters both alike and very different at the same time. I do see a difference between the two Nicks, but I still wish that I would have seen some growth with Josie that she wouldn't have based everything on a boy. I mean, I understand the hormones and attraction, but still.      It was unreal how it all worked together and how it was all linked together. The worlds, the characters, the incidents that set it into motion was all crafted well. I also liked how the ending was, I was left with this sense of hope and closure.  Bottom Line: Loved the premise and the characters were pretty well written.