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.
Grossly dark and twisted in the best kind of way!
Favorite quote from Mockingbird:
“You intrude. Here I should be drifting through the darkness before my death, all peaceful and shit, and then you come along. Trespassing on my mental property.“
We all have that fascination with the darker side of things and Chuck Wendig is just the author to satisfy that wicked itch. Wendig’s writing is like the car wreck you can’t help slowing down for and staring at. I know that sounds bad but it is anything but.
Mockingbird picks up one year later where the first book Blackbirds left off. Miriam is trying out the normal gig, for the sake of Louis, but she isn’t quite hacking it. I say it’s because she is a glutton for punishment, self indulgence and really doesn’t want to settle in one place to have a quiet uneventful existence. There just isn’t enough drama in that for our Miriam- and that’s one thing she is, is Drama. Haha.
One day gets fed up with the mediocrity of her “new life” and decides to let the death visions flood back in. Louis knows he can’t make her be someone she isn’t no matter how he likely wishes he could. So he puts her in touch with a school teacher Katey, who swears she is dying and will pay Miriam to tell her how she dies. Miriam takes the job and Louis drops her off at the boarding school for troubled girls where Katey works. Soon after Miriam has visions of one of the young girls dying horrifically by the hands of a crazy masked man years from now and is determined to prevent it from happening.
From here the action hardly stops and I could barely put the book down. In fact some of these scenes were crap your pants freaky! Miriam’s character is more heavily delved into – what makes her tick? What would going home be like? Is she crazy and hallucinating? Ultimately, is what she does right or wrong? Oh, yes and Louis gets a little spotlight time as well which I definitely liked because I’m a sucker for him just a bit.
So beg, cheat, borrow, or hell steal Mockingbird from a friend – but you absolutely can’t miss reading this book! Of course read Blackbirds first!
Tabitha the Pabkins
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