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Mockingbird Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2012
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The sequel, Mockingbird, somehow manages to find darker places to drag poor Miriam. Unable to face the compromises of an ordinary existence, she reluctantly takes an opportunity to make some semi-legitimate money from her unfortunate affliction - the ability to see how a person she touches will die, in precise and vivid detail. But Miriam being Miriam, she sees more than she wants to and finds a way to make a bad situation worse. Before long she is trying to save the students of a "school for bad girls" from a very sick serial killer. Worse than that, she's suffering increasingly regular visitations from something dressed up as the ghosts of her past, which may or may not be the thing that gave her the death-visions. And worse than that again, she may have to confront the mother she walked out on years ago.
The actual plot is terrific - a serial killer hunt more tense than a tow cable and twisting like a cut snake - but the real meat of the story is in Miriam's confrontations with what could be a spirit guide or a taunting revenant or her own guilty conscience. Her self-doubt, dark sarcasm and a regular one-two punch of instinctive lying followed by the telling of blunt unpalatable truths keeps friends and allies at arm's length, but she can't avoid the uncomfortable revelations that come out every time she closes her eyes (and even a few times when she's awake).Read more ›
This is the story of Miriam Black, who's a psychic. When she touches somebody she can see how and when he or she is going to die. For quite some time now she's been living in a trailer park with her best friend and occasional lover, one-eyed Louis.
Miriam is a very unhappy woman. She tries hard to adapt in a life that really doesn't suit her. Being normal is not something she can make happen, not when she can sense things the way she does. "She wants to go home. If only she knew what that really meant."
Louis is trying to bring some balance in her life, make her realize that if she tries hard enough she can become happy, or at least, kind-of-happy, but she knows all too well that that's not true and she snaps at him: "You want me to be someone I'm not."
She's sick of her everyday life, so she decides to leave and "commit to her lack of commitment." She's not afraid of the life on the road, she's tough, she can handle any situation; she cannot listen to Louis and his down-to-earth logic and get stack in that place anymore.
The road though is long and the first car that stops to pick her up belongs to no one else but Louis himself. They travel together for awhile, they fight, she gets off the car and then they meet again. And it's exactly then that she's convinced to follow him to a boarding school to meet a teacher, who feels certain that she's going to die soon. The woman is willing to pay Miriam just to tell her if she's right.Read more ›
While 'Blackbirds' is about trying to defy fate, kicking and even raging against it at times, 'Mockingbird' first tries submission, but then a somewhat subdued form of acceptance. Here, Miriam finds that she simply can't tuck death away into a closet to live a more ordinary lifestyle with Louis. It's an itch that has to be scratched, a call that has to be answered. And as she begins to pick up the trail of this serial killer, and has further encounters with the Trespasser, she begins to accept her role as an antithesis to fate, which, in a sense, is almost another form of fate in of itself. But I digress.
Again, if you found 'Blackbirds' a good read, then you will likely feel the same towards 'Mockingbird'. I can readily admit that I expect the third book with eager anticipation, just as I did with this novel after reading 'Blackbirds'. Miriam Black is definitely going places and I intend to come along for the ride.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I listened to this book on Audio CD. I loved this sequel to Blackbirds almost as much as the first. The narrator is right on for the voice and tone of Miriam. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lacey Tucker
Second of 4 (Thunderbird releases next year). The continuation gets darker and more disturbing on a crazy ride to a twisting finish with lots of surprises on the way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan
It's books like these that make me wish I could give a rating higher than five stars. This sequel kicked ass. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amy Braun
Mockingbird continues Miriam Black's story and Chuck Wendig nails the sequel with a vengeance. Everything - from the banter to the violence - is ratcheted up a notch and every... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Philip Harris
There are few books that can make me clench up into a little ball, fist pressed to my mouth, holding my breath, wincing as I turn the page. This book did that. It was intense. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chelsea
Miriam is damaged goods, trying desperately to come to terms with her psychic "gift." She's rough and violent and profane, and she hurts everyone who gets close to her. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DHand
Read the first book, Blackbird, in the series and enjoyed it enough to pick up Mockingbird. This is head and wingspan above it. Classical allusions abound! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hutson Kristi