The first book in the Miriam Black series: “A sassy, hard-boiled thriller with a paranormal slant” (The Guardian) about a young woman who can see the darkest corners of the future.
Miriam Black knows how you’re going to die. This makes her daily life a living hell, especially when you can’t do anything about it, or stop trying to. She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides. She merely needs to touch you—skin to skin contact—and she knows how and when your final moments will occur. Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. But when she hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees in thirty days that Louis will be murdered while he calls her name— Louis will die because he met her, and Miriam will be the next victim. No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.
“Think Six Feet Under co-written by Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk” (SFX), and you have Blackbirds: a visceral, exciting novel about life on the edge.
In this horror-tinged adventure, Wendig (Double Dead) plays with the concepts of predestination and free will. Miriam Black, cursed to know the destined death of anyone she touches, has resigned herself to acting as an agent of fate, facilitating deaths and looting the bodies left in her wake. Then she meets trucker Louis Darling and discovers that she'll be present at his murder in the near future. In a rare attempt to defy destiny, she abandons Louis, only to end up as the unwilling accomplice of con man Ashley Gaines. This brings her back into contact with Louis, and gets the attention of a merciless band of murderous criminals who prove that although Miriam can see the future, it's near-impossible to change it. Visceral and often brutal, this tale vibrates with emotional rawness that helps to paint a bleak, unrelenting picture of life on the edge.
I really enjoyed all these books. Miriam Black is a unique character. Read the whole series! You won’t be disappointed.
Impossible to put down
Chuck Wendig has the ability to hook and keep my attention.
The characters he created filled in as the book unfolded. Instead of attempting to tell me how to understand his cast, he allowed their actions to draw clear and intriguing personalities.
His lead is a strong, compelling female who does the best she can with the situation she finds herself in. She doesn’t make the right choices, she is flawed and imperfect, and we love her anyhow.
This isn’t a book for everyone.
His characters curse, there is violence, sex, graphic depictions of traumatic events which occur that might upset a few.
For me, personally, as an adult, I found the way in which is it written, circumstances of the story, appealing and honest. I had not wanted another bland, unremarkable and forgettable story.
I also have to admit, the farther I got into the book, the more I liked it. As Ms Black was fleshed out, the flow of the story increased.
By the time it ended, I had already ordered the next.
I found it impossible to put down, stronger as it went, and impressive.
Because of this work, I ordered the next three (which was how many there were at the time) and two of his unrelatedly books.
I haven’t been disappointed.
It’s gritty. It’s colorful. It’s atypical.
This is one of my favorite series and I look forward to the continuation every time.
This is one of my favorite authors.
Interesting idea and some real humor.