Miriam is trying. Really, she is.
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 round. 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.
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.
©2012 Chuck Wendig (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I loved the noir urban fantasy feel to the story
It is hard to choose just one moment. The creep factor every time Miriam had one of her visions was darkly delicious.
I liked the matter-of-fact tone she used to portray Miriam
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Miriam Black has the ability to tell when and how a person will die by touching them with a hand. Chuck Wendig has written a three books series about poor Miriam. Mockingbird is a bad novel written reasonably well. There are far too many good novels out there to waste time on this garbage.
There's an old Ukranian proverb - 'a pig will find the filth' - that perfectly describes the protagonist of this novel. No matter what is in store for Miriam Black, she will not fail to make the worst possible choice and will go out of the way to alienate very few people that actually care for her and her well-being.
This self-destructing behavior, usually followed by wails of self-pity, is mildly amusing to make one want to finish first book, but having same theme going for the second one is a little lazy, imho.
Characters are rather bland and, in best traditions of B-movies and soap operas, have the need to explain their motives in long sentences. I'm no prude, but it felt that Mr. Wending used some profanity generator that inserted them into text almost at random.
Also, for those for forgot the theme of the first book - "fate is a bitch." It is repeated over and over again, just in case someone didn't get it yet.
The most interesting part about the first book - Observers, or Fate enforcers, or whatever they were called in the first book are completely absent form the second.
overall rating: meh
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