Friday, May 4, 2012
Author: Chuck Wendig
Miriam is a bad ass that doesn't take crap from anyone. She has a gift, though she thinks of it as a curse, which allows her to see how everyone will die just by touching them. All she needs is skin on skin contact and she will be able to see when and how someone dies. She is a wanderer, never sticking around in one place very long and never letting her guard down. Her life changes when she gets in a truck with a man named Louis. The brief touch of his hand lets her see that he will die in roughly a month and his last words would be her name.
There are two main men that enter Miriam's life, and they are quite opposite from each other. Louis is a lonely truck driver that wants to protect Miriam from the bad things in life. He is sweet and a little bit naive. He has no clue what fate has in store for him. Ashley, is a guy that she meets in a bar, and you quickly figure out that he knows more than he lets on and he isn't quite who he says he is. I found myself hoping that Miriam would be able to do something for Louis to change his fate. But as she says a few times, fate is set in stone and she is unable to change it no matter how hard she tries.
The bad "guys" in this book are rather interesting. Frankie and Harriet are searching for something that belongs to their boss. They are ruthless in their search and will stop at nothing to get what they are looking for. Their story quickly and cleanly intertwines with Miriam's story. I was fascinated to learn that Wendig actually mashed the stories together has a writing exercise and came up with this wonderful book.
I have to give major kudos to Wendig, the entire time I was reading I was thinking "Wow, this would be a great movie". I have never felt that way about a book before, and probably won't again until I read the second book of this series. This book had the whole dark, gritty thing going for it and a main character that spoke her mind (profanities included). I really loved it, and I highly recommend it if you are okay with books that have profanity, violence, death, etc.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the book to review via NetGalley.