Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig

October 2, 2012 Reviews 0 ★★★★

  • Date published: 28th August 2012
  • Publisher: Angry Robot
  • Format: Paperback, 392 pages
  • Series: Miriam Black, Book 2
  • ISBN 13: 9780857662330 ISBN 10: 0857662333
  • Categories: Fantasy
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  • Source: provided by the publisher for review

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 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.

It’s wonderful to get back with Miriam and Louis and go on another dark, action filled adventure with them. While Miriam is attempting to gain some normalcy in her life, she’s finding it incredibly boring and before too long she’s back to tearing up and down the country, using her psychic abilities to solve a series of murders set to occur two years in the future.

Mockingbird is rough, bloody and incredibly abrasive, but I still loved it! More about Miriam’s past is revealed through a series of interludes, which I really liked because it opened her up and made her more likeable. I also enjoyed the character development that Louis goes through. Although he gets tougher and meaner, he also becomes more accepting of Miriam’s wild nature and realises the normal life isn’t for her. Readers also learn more about his deceased wife, and she ends up playing an integral role in the book (despite the inconvenience of being dead).

The plot of Mockingbird is gripping, delivered in the sharp style that marks the Miriam Black books and peppered with black humour. The story is unpredictable and features twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat. I particularly enjoyed many of the secondary characters, including some of the girls and teachers at the reform school Miriam goes to as a consulting psychic. The book also features great dialogue: Miriam continues to be insufferably foul-mouthed and flippant and throws around some of the wittiest one-liners ever.

An awesome followup to Blackbirds, Mockingbird continues the story of Miriam Black and has been a welcome addition to my library. Although this series is definitely not for the faint hearted, I highly recommend this series to you if you think you can handle the blood, gore and foul language.

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