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‘Blackbird’ by Tom Wright

Dr Deborah Serach Gold died on the cross sometime during a night of freezing rain mixed with sleet in late October of my last year at Three. It probably wasn’t the worst thing that happened to her that day, but it had been over two decades in the making, and there’s no doubt lives could have been saved if anybody here had known that at the time. How many of them actually should have been saved is a fair question, but one I have no answer for.

Internationally renowned thriller author Mark Billingham, describes ‘Blackbird’ as …

Hypnotic, menacing and powerful

Just trying to imagine what torture and brutality Dr Gold had endured before her final execution, evokes all of the adjectives from Mark’s quote and I am left wondering exactly how many others have met their demise in the intervening years, by what method and just why someone may have come to the conclusion that many of them weren’t worth saving! …

We don’t yet know exactly what sort of Doctor, Deborah Gold is, perhaps that has some bearing on proceedings!

If those first few lines aren’t quite enough for you, you can find out more about both book and author here


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As this was a Goodreads competition win, I received a complimentary hardcover copy of the book directly from publisher Canongate.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Katherine,

      I too, hope that this book stays as intense throughout, although it is a very difficult one to call, as the reviews and ratings have been all over the place, right the way from 2/5 to 5/5, with the overall average being below 4.

      None of my Goodreads circle of friends have read ‘Blackbird’ yet, so I guess that I am going to be the guinea pig!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate you taking the time to comment and hope that you enjoy your weekend.

  • Indeed, that is a “grabber” of an opening line, setting the stage with many unanswered questions!

    I’m less than half way through Solomon’s Bride by Rebecca Hazell (book two in the trilogy) and I hesitate to share the first line, as it might be a spoiler for anyone else reading the series. I will say I’m thoroughly enjoying it!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I am also curious as to what the word ‘Three’ refers to and had to resist the temptation to carry on reading past these few lines, in the hope of finding out!

      It’s a real shame when the first lines of a book are so much of a ‘spoiler’. I don’t think that I have ever really come across the scenario myself, but I wouldn’t be too pleased about it, for sure!

      So long as you are continuing to enjoy both this book and the series as a whole, then that’s all that matters.

      Have a good weekend.

      • I probably won’t review the series because it would be hard to really talk about the second two books without giving away plot (though Tracy did an excellent job in her reviews). I don’t mind, though, because it’s to be expected, given the trilogy progresses in time with the main character’s life. It’s pretty much unavoidable.

        • I haven’t read all three of Tracy’s reviews before, but I did head over and check them out, and as you so rightly say, they are relevant and informative, without giving too much away.

          I do try so very hard not to give away spoilers in the review, or any of the feature posts, however with my slightly rambling style of writing, that doesn’t always work out!

    • Hi Claudia,

      Thanks for visiting Fiction Books this week. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      There is obviously something very sinister going on here, as being found dead on a cross isn’t the typical ‘modus operandi’ of a modern day murderer, is it?

      It won’t be too much of a spoiler if I tell you that the story is set in modern day Texas, although I don’t know yet whether ‘Three’ is the name of a physical town or place.

      Have a great weekend.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      It is certainly going to be long past Halloween before I get around to reading this one, but it is definitely spooky sounding enough to qualify as a great seasonal read!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your weekend is going well so far.

    • Hi Nyze,

      Thanks for choosing to stop by Fiction Books this week. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      I like to think that the opening lines tell a lot about the quality of the writing and the strength of the storyline, so I always follow this meme with interest.

      ‘Blackbird’ definitely has that Wow! factor opening and I do enjoy a good murder story, so I hope that the rest of the book holds my interest in the same way.

      Hope that you are enjoying your weekend so far.

  • Hi Yvonne. These are intense lines, I am wondering what happened to Dr Gold and dying on a cross is such a strange way to go nowadays. Happy reading! I’ve missed your blog. Hope you are well.

    • Hi Naida,

      The whole opening does sound quite intense doesn’t it and I am left wondering if any of the other victims had died in the same way, or if Dr. Gold had had anything to do with their deaths and this is the way someone chose to take their revenge!

      I am also intrigued about the book’s title and can’t wait to find out if there is any reference to a blackbird further into the story, or if this is simply a notional title, which has no real reference to the storyline.

      I do miss your lovely posts and blog, but fully understand why you felt it was the right time for you to bow out. I hope that your new blog free freedom means that you have quality time for your other hobbies (including reading of course) and that your family time is more fulfilling.

      I also hope that your son is well on the way to a full recovery.

      Keep in touch, it is always great to hear from you.

  • That opening both hooks you and confuses you 🙂 But the confusion is one you want to push through and resolve by reading on.

    i’m recommending Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Don’t have it in front of me to give you the opening lines, but I love its complex exploration of what identity means and the fluidity of identity (how it changes throughout one’s life as one responds to different historical and social and personal pressures).

    • Hi Hila,

      You are so right about the hook and confusion thing, going on in that first paragraph. This sentence in particular has definitely raised more questions than answers ….

      “It probably wasn’t the worst thing that happened to her that day, but it had been over two decades in the making, and there’s no doubt lives could have been saved if anybody here had known that at the time”.

      I wonder just what Dr. Gold has been doing that is so terrible and demands such retribution?

      Since I began blogging and reviewing, I have read some excellent books form around the world and ‘Americanah’ sounds like a great addition to my list of countries, thanks for sharing it with me.

      I hope that you are enjoying your weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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