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.

Blackbirds by Chung Wendig has been on my radar due to the amazing amount of praise I’ve been hearing around the blogosphere. So I was extremely thrilled when the book was chosen as the June book club read with Fantasy Faction as I get to share with others on their reading experience.

Now that I have some time to reflect, I can honestly say that the book is one hell of a ride. The book reads like a Tarantino movie and grabs you from the very beginning with its enigmatic protagonist Miriam. If you are looking for a dark, gritty urban fantasy then this one is for you but be warned that this book does contain some strong language.

Through a series of well-crafted interludes, we begin to understand how this prophetic gift that Miriam has works and how it has cursed her life. It is also in these interludes that we learn who Miriam really is and why she is trekking all over the country. However things are never easy for her because of her gift, and soon she finds herself involved with a smug conman on the run from a group of blood thirsty criminals.

The book has some memorable and convincing villains but my one complaint is the trucker Louis who just seemed to good too be true. No matter what happened to him in the book, he is always cheery and for some reason, extremely tolerant of Miriam. However he does make an interesting contrast to Miriam and I wonder if they can ever work out due to how different they are in character.

This book is well paced and well put together. It had me racing to the end to see if Miriam could succeed in altering what Fate has planned. Blackbirds is a fantastic book and I will definitely read the sequel,Mockingbird which comes out in September 2012 through Angry Robot.