Published: August 2012
Series: Miriam Black #2
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.
I liked that her quick wit didn't take a hit. There were several laugh out loud moments. I always appreciate when humor and horror can coincide.
When it came to the main portion of the book I thought had it figured. I felt a little disappointed I'd figured it out so early. Then I realized I'd been duped. This was all a "distraction technique" used by magicians (as is noted in the book) and the author pulled a fast one on me.
What I thought I knew blew up and I really liked the depth of the conspiracy going on around Miriam. She also is a helluva main character. She can fight physically, mentally and of course, verbally. She's a tough, flawed character who has a lot to learn about herself and I'm enjoying the learning process.
There was action, uncertainty and a twist I didn't see coming. I'd recommend this to people who have a penchant for dark humor and a unique perspective on psychics.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).
He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at the Sundance Film Festival 2011, and their feature film HiM is in development with producer Ted Hope.
He's written too much. He should probably stop. Give him a wide berth, as he might be drunk and untrustworthy. He currently lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with a wonderful wife and two very stupid dogs.
Where to Find: Website