I love a book that is outside the box. Rules are important in genre, that’s what makes it a genre, but the books I generally gravitate towards, in any genre (including the literary fiction genre), are those that subvert those rules. And what makes Blackbirds good is that it subverts a couple of genres at the same time.
Miriam has a gift, well actually a curse. When she touches someone she gets a vision of their death. She knows the exact time and place of their death and relives the events leading up to their end. She’s sees all manner of deaths; grizzly car accidents, suicides, cancer, everything you can imagine and deaths you don’t want to imagine. She witnesses people’s deaths that are minutes, hours or decades away.
Her gift is a curse because no matter what she tries she cannot change events. She feels trapped by fate or destiny or whatever you want to call it. The inability to use her power for any type of good is emotionally wrecking for Miriam. The more she tries to change fate the more she plays a part in it. She is outcast by her gift and haunted by its actual consequences. So instead she takes advantage of the deaths she is able to foresee and lives off whatever money she can get from what’s left behind. That is until she meets Louis and witnesses his death where his last words are her name.
Blackbirds reads like a bullet and keeps you not just on the edge of your seat but the tips of your toes. This is a brilliantly plotted, black humour infused, roller coaster ride and I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series.
Classification: Thriller / suspense , Fantasy
Format: Paperback (197mm x 130mm x mm)
Imprint: Angry Robot
Publisher: Angry Robot
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom