Expected Release Date: April 24 ,2012
Publisher: Angry Robot
Imprint: N/A
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Miriam Black
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Warm

Official Blurb:

Miriam Black knows when you will die. 

She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides.

But when Miriam hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim.

No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.

What Worked For Me:

  • I loved the unapologetic grittiness of this story. Not for the faint of heart, there is a lot of blood and gore, and it just fits.
  • On a similar note, I loved the cinematic feel to the story. It really seemed as though it could be adapted to the screen very easily with minimal changes or cuts, and I really appreciated that. I would gladly go see this in the theaters.
  • I actually liked that the sex scenes weren’t romantic or even sexy.  Miriam views sex as something to pass the time, something that she just does, rather than something sweet involving candles, wine, and roses.
  • I also greatly enjoyed the violence. Perhaps I was just in a blood-thirsty mood, but I enjoyed the gore and the level of detail in Miriam’s horrific visions.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • Some of Miriam’s language and actions felt like they just existed for shock value, and stopped having the impact that they originally did as the story progressed.  Instead of feeling that Miriam was low class yet inherently strong, she started to come across as desperate and childish, which I felt did a great disservice to her character.

Gritty, dark, disgusting, incredible, wild, imaginative, sadistic, brutal, and all over amazing. I would totally go see this in the theater if some intrepid director decided to adapt it for the screen.

While this does have a tiny vague sort of dysfunctional romantic undercurrent, this is not a romance by any stretch of the imagination.  However, in a strange way, I actually appreciated the romantic elements more because they were in no way the focus of the story, and because Miriam was about as far from a “romantic heroine” as it gets.

Even though it’s far from a “romance”, I still couldn’t help but enjoy the ride.

Recommended for fans of graphic horror, anti-heroines, and fighting against fate.

4/5 Stars