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But this whole "settling down thing" that Louis has going for her just isn't working out. She lives on Long Beach Island all year around. Her home is a run-down double-wide trailer. She works at a grocery store as a check-out girl. And her relationship with Louis--who's on the road half the time in his truck--is subject to the piss and vinegar Miriam brings to everything she does.
It just isn't going well. Still, she's keeping her psychic ability--to see when and how someone is going to die just by touching them--in check. But even that feels wrong somehow. Like she's keeping a tornado stoppered up in a tiny bottle.
Then comes one bad day that turns it all on her ear.read more
I read the first in this series, Blackbird, earlier this year and loved every minute of it, commenting at the time that I couldn't wait for the sequel. Fortunately, waiting was not a problem because it was right there for me.Miriam Black is a wonderfully flawed human being who can see people's deaths if she touches him. She's wandered the highways and back roads of America, hanging out in truck stops, using her skill to get money or credit cards when needed and just generally being a very bad girl. In Blackbird, she learns that she can change fate, that the deaths her power shows her aren't inevitable - if she intervenes.Mockingbird finds our heroine stuck in a trailer on Long Beach Island, New Jersey and working as a checker in a grocery line. She's living with her trucker boyfriend, Louis, and she is beyond bored. Miriam's a lot like me - when she's bored, she's dangerous and unpredictable - and wow do things get interesting when her boredom ceases. What is that Chinese curse? May you live an interesting life? The end of boredom always has unexpected consequences.Miriam is struggling with her gift, struggling with what she and Louis will be a "normal" life, basically just struggling. Mockingbird is about all those times in your life when you step outside of yourself into the life you think you should have only to find out it's not the life for you. Chuck Wendig tells a great story and Miriam is worth the read. Now I'm anxious for the next one - write, Chuck, write!read more
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