Book Review: The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: Book 3 of Miriam Black
Publisher: Angry Robot
Date of Publication: December 31, 2013
I just can’t resist Miriam Black. Come to think of it, that might be how I start all my reviews for the books in this series. What can I say, though? It’s true. These books are so addictive, and I couldn’t put off reading The Cormorant any longer, knowing I had the eARC burning a hole in my ereader. I desperately needed my Miriam Black fix.
Our heroine with the freaky ability to foresee people’s deaths is back. And she has been busy experimenting with her powers, after finding out the one way to prevent a person from dying is to take the life of another, because Death will not be denied. But then someone is not at all pleased with the way Miriam is messing around with fate…
Miriam is lured to Florida by a rich businessman offering her an obscene amount of money just to find out how he dies. The death vision she sees, however, is of a brutal murder of the man in a year’s time, committed by a mystery killer with a bloody message written just for her. Someone clearly has it in for Miriam. Now everyone she has interacted with is in danger, including her own estranged mother, but how do you fight an enemy who knows your every move and is always two steps ahead?
The sheer awesomeness of this book is going to be hard to convey without getting into spoilers, but know that if you’ve been following the series all along the plot of this one is going to blow you away. It goes without saying, if you enjoyed Blackbirds and Mockingbird, you will love The Cormorant too because the nature of the character and story is as twisted as always. Furthermore, we get a nice beefing up of Miriam’s history, with a further look into her mysterious abilities as well as the appearance of her mother Evelyn Black. Finally, we get to watch the fireworks as the two women meet again for the first time in many years.
And still, Miriam remains the foul-mouthed spitfire I know and love. In her own words, “Rare is the other human who doesn’t mind being dragged over the deepening lines of impropriety while talking to Miriam Black.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. I would never want to be trapped in the same small space with Miriam when she goes off, but boy, she’s always a riot to read about. She’s a woman with a way with words, but also a bigger heart than she would probably like to admit.
Books that play around with time jumps and framing are also tough to pull off, but Chuck Wendig does it here perfectly, switching to flashbacks and other perspectives at the most appropriate moments, emphasizing the suspense when it is most required. Reading this one was like a roller coaster ride, except there are no dips, only highs and loop-de-loops. Between the outrageous things Miriam says and finding all about the creepy villain in this book, my butt alternated from being perched on the edge of my seat one moment to being laughed off the next. Yeah, let’s just put it that way.
The Cormorant is probably the best and my favorite Miriam Black book yet; I absolutely loved it, from beginning to end. Fans need to pick this one up too, and if you haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for? Miriam is totally awesome; I highly recommend this!