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#44: Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Miriam Black knows when you will die.

She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides.

But when Miriam hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and she 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.

This is one of those urban fantasies that's on that gritty, grimy edge of horror. Wendig is a visceral, punchy writer. He wields profanity the way a teenage girl says "like." That's typically not my thing, but the Miriam's voice works well here. She's hurting because she knows she's hurt others, and her snark is a method of defense. It's an intense read that zooms by--which is great because there's so much violence and gore, but it never dwells on it. The brisk pace pushes things along.


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Apr. 28th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
This is on my to-read list. I'm excited that it appears to read as well as the blurb makes it sound.
Apr. 28th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
The blurb is really accurate with this one. I can see why the book earned so much buzz.
Apr. 28th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
Oooh, excellent. I might bump it up my to-read list and read it next.
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