Blackbird

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 A dark, biting literary debut for fans of Caroline Kepnes following the unlikely bond between two sociopaths?an...

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Title:Blackbird
Author:Michael Fiegel
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Blackbird
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:312 pages pages

Blackbird Reviews

  • karen
    Nov 14, 2017
    The targets are just a bunch of heads at the end of the day, and inside each is a big juicy brain, about two pounds of which is water. The human body is mostly water, in fact, roughly two-thirds. We are literally trash bags full of liquid, waiting to pop. There are a hundred thousand m...
  • Steven
    Mar 15, 2018
    On the surface, this novel is about a hit man who kidnaps an 8 year old, raises her, and teaches her to be a contract killer. There is a subtext. On one level, it is about innocence and the fractured self. On another level, the child and the sociopath are tools used to illustrate some ...
  • Chris
    Mar 16, 2018
    I legitimately have no idea how to explain the book or how I feel about it. It's an awful story with some really tragically flawed - and worse, sociopathic - people who don't deserve our time much less pity. The events that unfold are horrific, between child abduction, extreme loss of ...
  • Ryan Mac
    Dec 07, 2017
    Enjoyable and yet somewhat disturbing at times book about a serial killer for hire and the girl that he abducts for unknown reasons from a restaurant that he shoots up. Dark humor and shady characters aplenty in this book that mostly focuses on their relationship, the girl growing up a...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Sep 20, 2017
    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 i...
  • Jennifer
    Aug 25, 2017
    [considering 3.5 stars] Caroline Kepnes, the author of You and Hidden Bodies, subtly recommended Michael Fiegel's Blackbird 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 schedu...
  • Kay Wright
    Feb 12, 2018
    This was so violent, so cruel I didn?t really enjoy reading it but Michael Fiegel is a very good writer and kept drawing me into the story. I wondered what would happen Christian, an 8 year old girl, and to the hit man who abducts her from a McDonalds while shooting up the place beca...
  • Kellie
    Apr 18, 2018
    I LOVE vile, immoral characters that make you hate yourself for loving them. This book is packed full of them, but I will miss Edison North most. ...
  • Elaine Bergstrom
    Mar 15, 2018
    A killer for hire doing his job until...the girl One of the best books I have read in years! And so timely. Amazon gives a good description of the plot but it is the characters that shine, killing on command for reasons they do not - and do not care - to comprehend. I finished this ...
  • Talk Supe
    Feb 13, 2018
    It started with mayonnaise. BLACKBIRD is a tale about a domestic terrorist that abducted a child and trained her to be like him. You?ll probably expect a lot of blood and guts, and you?ll get that. What you probably won?t expect is how human this book is. That said, Micha...
  • Dominus~
    Dec 31, 2017
    It was spectacularly different. Knowing about something is useless unless you can do something about it. I cannot point out how true and real this is. You can say whatever you want or any excuses you can think of but the truth is right there in that quote. The analogies here...
  • Amanda
    Aug 03, 2017
    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 lea...
  • Quanita
    Jan 29, 2018
    A paid assassin, who gets his jollies as a serial killer in his off time, kidnaps an eight year old. He spends the next 10 years training her in his profession. The book is written as a diary, alternating between the two of them. ...
  • Heather
    Jan 31, 2018
    Made sympathetic characters out of cold blooded Assassins. By turn, terrifying and touching. ...
  • David Bridges
    Feb 26, 2018
    I have been reading dark fiction for a quite a while now. I have authors that I consider greats and I am slowly making my way through their catalogs. There are some of my more contemporary favorites, who I get excited about and make sure I pick up and read their titles upon release. Th...
  • Donna
    Mar 21, 2018
    Wow! I really enjoyed this book. ...
  • Karla Kay Peterson
    Jan 04, 2018
    What does one say about a book as dark as this? "She is the second-shortest of her group, perhaps eight years old, with matte blue-gray eyes--steely, scared, and sad--peering through the thin curtains of pooldamp blonde hair, half of it smashed crudely behind her ears, licking her n...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Dec 02, 2017
    Fans of Leon the Professional 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 Blackbird is a look at what it ...
  • Machel Morton
    Apr 04, 2018
    Good read. When I first began reading this book, I thought it was similar to The Professional. And while it may be, on some levels, it really is not. I definitely recommend it. ...
  • Mandy Billiter
    Mar 17, 2018
    I enjoyed this book I enjoyed the writing as style, and only found a couple mistakes throughout (not enough to annoy me). It was interesting and thought provoking. ...
  • Emily Hemenway
    Aug 26, 2017
    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 yo...
  • Letha  Griffin
    Mar 23, 2018
    Different from my usual choices I got pulled into the story early and had to stay for the whole ride. Interesting premise and well developed characters . ...
  • Alison
    Mar 26, 2018
    Yes. Just yes. ...
  • Emily
    Dec 30, 2017
    I devoured this. It affected me deeply and it will forever be one of my favorite stories of all time. Michael Fiegel - you effing rock. ...
  • John B Gearren II
    Mar 14, 2018
    WOW Do yourself a favor and don?t miss this ride! This definitely a sprint outside the box. You will not be sorry! ...
  • George Ann
    Mar 18, 2018
    Wow! Great novel. He related truthfully how our messed up world is, and I felt his meaning was just as it really is today. I loved how he used this in the story. I read it in 2 days, but could have done it in one. He weaves a great story, and I look forward to more books from him. ...
  • Arthur
    Mar 19, 2018
    Dark as a Blackbird Very strange and dark storyline . Cells of killers who work for an unknown organization . No reason is ever given for their ?jobs? . A child abducted by one of the killers is raised and groomed to become one of ?them?. Very dark and existential story line...
  • Shannon Tuttle
    Feb 03, 2018
    I've been looking forward to reading this book since Caroline Kepnes recommended it and I was definitely not disappointed. I enjoyed living in Edison and Christian's world and minds and even had a couple moments where I gasped out loud. Michael Fiegel is definitely a master of the chap...
  • Corey
    Jul 31, 2017
    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 ...
  • Sean
    Oct 22, 2017
    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 wantin...