Mockingbird (Miriam Black #2) By: Chuck Wendig
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.
Miriam does not do normal, at all. So when she tries to be normal for Louis it does not work and I really feel like she acted even more outrageous than she would have if she hadn’t been suppressed for so long. Louis didn’t seem like he was conscientiously trying to change Miriam, it was more like she felt obligated to try since she’d got his eye poked out.
This series is much darker than I normally read but I still like it. Definitely not something I could read a lot of all at once, but it’s nice to change things up every now and then. Wendig writes great characters and his women are not the damsel in distress sort. He tells his story from a unique perspective, and even though I really don’t like Miriam, I can’t help but hope she succeeds and figures her life out.