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Saturday, December 14, 2013

162) The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

The Blurb :

Miriam is on the road again, having transitioned from "thief" to "killer".

Hired by a wealthy businessman, she heads down to Florida to practice the one thing she's good at, but in her vision she sees him die by another's hand and on the wall written in blood is a message just for Miriam.

She's expected...

My Thoughts :

Miriam Black is one of those people who have had more than their fair share of problems in life.  To add to the messed up parenting skills and teenage relationship gone wrong she also has the gift/curse of being able to see how people will die.  This ability has brought her even more trouble and the roller coaster ride that is her life is not for the faint hearted or people with a delicate stomach.  It is a dark, dismal and brutal trip that you will never forget.

There is a lot of bad language and things get very brutal but as always the story is just too compelling to turn away.  In this third installment Miriam is trying to figure out if she can change the course of someones destiny but stopping their death.  A death she has already seen happening.  Meanwhile she is busy answering questions for some dodgy federal agents and being set-up by an old acquaintance.  It isn't an easy story to follow at first and it feels like the ramblings of a crazy person (which it kind of is) but the twists and turns are just the perfect curve of mayhem to keep you reading.

This isn't a book or series that likes to wrap up all the loose ends in a nice little package covered in ribbons and bows.  This isn't a story that will make you feel good when the end comes.  This is a harsh reality type of tale that leaves the lead character knee deep in just as much crap as we found her in at the beginning of the book.  It all sounds horrible, ghastly and not your cup of tea but it is actually quite refreshing.  Miriam is an honest character that has been dealt a rubbish hand of cards and is just fighting to get by.  There is no typical happy ending in sight and it is actually what she needs and deserves.

As Miriam's gift/curse brings done more trouble on her it is interesting to see how she deals with it.  The possibilities have not yet been stretched to the limit and I am eager to see how the author will proceed with Miriam's story.  There was a new aspect to her ability that was very creative and also not what I was expecting.  I wonder if the author always had it planned.

I don't suggest reading The Cormorant on public transport unless you don't mind missing your stop.  This is a book that will pull you in and won't let go till the very end.  It is psychically paranormal in more ways that one and there is an amazing plot waiting for you.  To be absolutely truthful I like Miriam a lot and will keep following her till the end.  Her strength, determination and unpredictability are inspirational and the way she is trying to kick life and death in the guts is just amazing.  She is and remains on my must read list.  This is a series that deserves a chance and an open mind.  Try it.  It might surprise you like it surprised me!

** The Cormorant releases at the end of December.  The first two books in the series Blackbird & Mockingbird need to be read to understand this third book. **

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