03 April 2013
Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Closer to a 3.5.
Blackbirds was a pleasant surprise for me. A violent, profane tale of a woman who, by the power of touch, can see how someone can die, it threw some unconventional curveballs and left me pretty satisfied. Thus my surprise when the second book landed in the Kindle Store, as I really thought the story was done and over with.
The good news is that Miriam Black's story in this book is different and yet still interesting. In what is more a rote murder mystery story with significant fantasy elements, the story is still addictive and held my interest throughout. It's pulpy at times, but that's more than okay. It's a fun read.
The downside is that the story does feel somewhat unessential. I'm not sure where else the story is necessarily supposed to go, but that's not usually a bad thing. It still hangs in the back of my head, but...
Either way, I'm interested in what's coming next. Story or not, Wendig has created a compelling character in Miriam Black and I'm hoping we'll see more.
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