Book Review: Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Blackbirds (Miriam Black, #1)With one touch, Miriam Black sees how you die. She’s gotten a front row seat to car accidents, strokes, and even suicides. But when she gets into Louis’s truck and shakes his hand, she sees something that she’s never seen before: Louis dies because of her. Now Miriam can’t save Louis from his fate, but her own life depends on whether or not she tries.

Blackbirds has been in my TBR list for a while, and I finally picked it up in early December. The premise (and NSFW book trailer) hooked me from the get-go. So even though I wasn’t a fan of his Harvest Trilogy, I decided to pick up the book anyway. And damn, I’m glad that I did.

Miriam Black is the female anti-hero I didn’t realize I was missing in my life. She’s not afraid to go toe-to-toe with big, scary guys; she enjoys giving not-so-nice-people commentary on their death as they die; she actively tries to avoid her problems rather than doing the right thing. But perhaps the best thing about Miriam is how she doesn’t come off as a stereotypical female. I can’t recall an instance where she gives thought to how she looks or to a romantic relationship. (It may be that I’m reading the wrong books, but it was a nice change anyway.)

I read Blackbirds in just over a day, mostly in a single sitting. There was simply so much tension that I did not want to put the book down. Even though Miriam barely flinched at the obstacles tossed in her path, I certainly cringed. And the way that the story climbed towards its climax, giving absolutely no hint that the story would end the way I wanted, was absolutely perfect.

Blackbirds is the first of a six book series, though only the first two are out in paperback and the third is coming out at the end of February. Number four isn’t out until 2017. I’m not letting myself buy the next book yet because I don’t want to run through them and be left impatiently waiting for the others. I’ll absolutely be picking them up, though.

Blackbirds would be a great read for anyone who loves anti-heroes and dark thrillers.

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Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig is published by Saga Press as an eBook and in paperback.

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