Blackbird by Michael Fiegel

Blackbird

A dark, biting literary debut for fans of Caroline Kepnes following the unlikely bond between two sociopaths―and the destruction left in their wake.“When I was eight years old, I was abducted from a fast food restaurant by a man who took me, in all likelihood, because of a small splotch of mayonnaise on his hamburger. And so I believe in neither free will nor predeterminat...

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Blackbird Reviews

  • Emily Hemenway

    What to say about this book... Is it disturbing? Yes. Is it alarming? Yes. Would I let my mother read it?

    Probably not. Despite the murder and mayhem, does it wiggle itself down into your heart and soul like some weird little worm and dig up little bits of emotions you didn't know you had? Most definitely.

    On every level this book isn't really something I would usually go for, and yet here we are with me gushing about it. Somehow in its own dark and twisted way it tugs at your heartstrings and l

    What to say about this book... Is it disturbing? Yes. Is it alarming? Yes. Would I let my mother read it?

    Probably not. Despite the murder and mayhem, does it wiggle itself down into your heart and soul like some weird little worm and dig up little bits of emotions you didn't know you had? Most definitely.

    On every level this book isn't really something I would usually go for, and yet here we are with me gushing about it. Somehow in its own dark and twisted way it tugs at your heartstrings and leaves you empathizing and sympathizing with two pretty messed up characters that are both people you can't imagine existing and so real that they could be your neighbors.

    In the end it's basically a love story. Not the sappy, frilly kind with a happy ending and noble selflessness. It's the Sid and Nancy kind, where there's a feedback loop and the chaos keeps amplifying until, like binary stars, they collapse into themselves.

    It's dark, disturbing, utterly engrossing, and oddly sweet in its own twisted way. I highly recommend Michael Fiegel's debut novel

    .

  • Corey

    I have read various editions of Blackbird over the last 10 years and it's only gotten better with age, so sort of like Helen Mirren. I am very pleased that a larger audience will finally be exposed to the Chronicles of Edison North - it's been a long time coming and has certainly been worth the wait. I hope that you'll all enjoy reading about our favorite pair of misanthropes as much as those of us lucky enough to have been along for the ride have.

  • Amanda

    Blackbird is a compelling story about a professional serial killer and a burger with mayonnaise. Fiegel is an accomplished author, a huge nerd, and possibly a mild-mannered sociopath. They say write what you know!

    I've read this book at least 3 times and I'll probably read it at least 3 more before genetic factors and a super mediocre diet bury me with heart disease. 10/5 would recommend.

  • Branden

    4.5 stars. I enjoyed the book but the anti-conspiracy theory in me kept that half a star in my pocket.

    Update: I've though about it over night and I decided to round up my rating. I still think suggesting every mass murder in the country is staged or some kind of false flag is dangerous (especially in these times), but it's a work of fiction. So I'm going to overlook it.

  • Jennifer

    [considering 3.5 stars]

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    on her Facebook page. It was just a little tidbit at the end of a long post about this book she was currently enjoying...subtle but intriguing. It's not scheduled for release until November 2017 but now I have to get my hands on it, right?! Edelweiss had a review copy available and I snapped it up. It took me two weeks to read it: some issues with my own time availability an

    [considering 3.5 stars]

    , the author of

    and

    , subtly recommended

    's

    on her Facebook page. It was just a little tidbit at the end of a long post about this book she was currently enjoying...subtle but intriguing. It's not scheduled for release until November 2017 but now I have to get my hands on it, right?! Edelweiss had a review copy available and I snapped it up. It took me two weeks to read it: some issues with my own time availability and some issues with story engagement/investment. But after finishing, I can honestly say I enjoyed it. I loved how character-driven this book was. If you asked me what it's about, I could say it's about a serial mass murderer for hire and a kidnapped girl. And it is. But it's also about an unconventional family, mentorship in the art of terror, coming of age in the height of dysfunction, it's about turning pain into life lessons, turning fear into indifference, and the gradual shifting of roles. It's not about any specific storyline that can be conveyed. It's about the strange companionship between a man and a girl. Admittedly, I was afraid this story was going in a direction I didn't want to read due to genders and ages but know that it's not

    kind of book. I have my complaints but pedophilia thankfully wasn't one of them.

    In an effort to provide a well-rounded and honest review, I must also add some distractions I experienced during my reading of the review copy I received. I found

    to be choppy and a bit difficult to follow at times. POV shifts between the two characters weren't consistently clear during my reading experience. Sometimes, it took a minute to process that a section was a new character perspective and/or timeframe. Also, it appeared to me that Mr. Fiegel skirted along the edges of darkness without giving this story the heaviness it needed to tip over the edge. Some readers may appreciate this and some may find frustration in its absence. Personally, I needed just a little bit more. *Please note that the review copy I received may or may not be the final edition so some of these issues may still be in the fine-tuning process.

    Overall,

    was an interesting debut novel that could be easily recommended to fans of character driven, borderline-dark novels. In my opinion, the positives outweigh any negatives mentioned in this review. I'm glad I read it and am appreciative of the opportunity. I will be keeping my eye on this very talented author. Check it out!

    Edelweiss

    Michael Fiegel

    Skyhorse Publishing

    November 7, 2017

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    I'm going with 2.5 stars but I'm rounding up to three stars because I'm really not sure how I feel about this book.

    The first part of the book I liked more than the second. Edison is a serial killer for hire. He doesn't have real emotions and freely admits to that. Then one day he is at a restaurant and sees eight year old Christina. He takes her. She deserves a better life than the one she is living (he feels.)

    Don't get all excited, he doesn't take her because he is an old pervert. He is just we

    I'm going with 2.5 stars but I'm rounding up to three stars because I'm really not sure how I feel about this book.

    The first part of the book I liked more than the second. Edison is a serial killer for hire. He doesn't have real emotions and freely admits to that. Then one day he is at a restaurant and sees eight year old Christina. He takes her. She deserves a better life than the one she is living (he feels.)

    Don't get all excited, he doesn't take her because he is an old pervert. He is just weird and don't forget..a killer. So why does he take this child? He is not really sure himself either. He keeps debating on just when he will kill her and leave her behind. But he doesn't.

    That begins their weird relationship. Christina now called Xtina by Edison doesn't go to normal school. She gets taught by Edison. Not the ABC's like most kids. Her training includes how to kill herself if they ever get caught, gun usage, how to kill as many people as possible...you know, the normal stuff.

    Then once Xtina is old enough she gets pulled into Edison's line of business. This is when the book started losing me....it got rambly and hard to read.

    Honestly, I was bored and didn't really care anymore.

    I think it's supposed to be a character study on these two characters but the skills were just not there to pull it off. (Don't start with me trolls...it's just my opinion.) The book had an interesting premise but it just didn't get it for me. I kept making myself read the thing..and honestly you shouldn't have to do that for a better book.

    **no gifs for this review because my internet is acting a damn fool and I'm too lazy to fight with it**

  • Sean

    As I get older, fewer fiction novels seem to be able to enthrall me and leave me considering them a "page-turner". This is a notable exception. From the first chapter to the last it pulls you in and doesn't let go, and when it does you wished it hadn't yet. Every page leaves you wanting more, grasping for something tangible much like the characters. It satisfies yet leaves you hungry, it fulfills you with an emptiness that few novels or authors I've ever encountered are capable of. To say that i

    As I get older, fewer fiction novels seem to be able to enthrall me and leave me considering them a "page-turner". This is a notable exception. From the first chapter to the last it pulls you in and doesn't let go, and when it does you wished it hadn't yet. Every page leaves you wanting more, grasping for something tangible much like the characters. It satisfies yet leaves you hungry, it fulfills you with an emptiness that few novels or authors I've ever encountered are capable of. To say that it is exquisite and profound does it little justice. A perfect time for a perfect story.

    The author has a way with language and story that so few do and somehow seems capable of speaking on behalf of more than one generation to every generation at once. From biting social commentary to dark and witty humor, engaging action and subtle wisdom, unsettling and grotesque, sweet and sticky, stark contrasts and the all too familiar; this should be the next book you read and possibly the next you recommend to others.

  • Leslie

    I really liked this one. Probably one of my top picks for 2017. Similar to "She Rides Shotgun" so if you liked that book, you will enjoy Blackbird as well. My sweetie says Edison is an antihero that men are going to like. He just finished the book too.

  • karen

    three literal jaw-drops. not bad, book...

    review to come!

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    oh, my god -

    pagehabit box??

    this one might be the best one yet: this book (which i had been really wanting to read), a short story by brian evenson ♥, a cute tote bag, and a tiny magnifying glass for my old-ass eyes that manages to make the body's failings fun!! plus all the annotations & etc. i am AMPED!

  • Rebecca McNutt

    Fans of

    will really enjoy this story. It's a gritty and shocking character study, offering a glimpse into a world best not explored, and it's deeply psychological in nature. There's also a lot of wit and dark humor, but ultimately

    is a look at what it means to be evil, and more importantly, what it means to be good.

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