The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey

9781101984109Publication: April 19th, 2016

by: Dutton Adult/Penguin

Genres: Adult-Fiction, Romance, Cultural, Chick-Lit, Women’s Fiction, Drama

Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via Netgalley

My Rating: 4 Stars

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They call themselves the Blackbirds. Kwanzaa Browne, Indigo Abdulrahaman, Destiny Jones, and Ericka Stockwell are four best friends who are closer than sisters, and will go to the ends of the earth for one another. Yet even their deep bond can’t heal all wounds from their individual pasts, as the collegiate and post-collegiate women struggle with their own demons, drama, and desires.

Trying to forget her cheating ex-fiancé, Kwanzaa becomes entangled with a wicked one-night stand—a man who turns out to be one in five million. Indigo is in an endless on-again, off-again relationship with her footballer boyfriend, and in her time between dysfunctional relationships she purses other naughty desires. Destiny, readjusting to normal life, struggles to control her own anger after avenging a deep wrong landed her in juvi, while at the same time trying to have her first real relationship—one she has initiated using an alias to hide her past from her lover. Divorced Ericka is in remission from cancer and trying to deal with two decades of animosity with her radical mother, while keeping the desperate crush she has always had on Destiny’s father a secret… a passion with an older man that just may be reciprocated.

As the women try to overcome— or give into— their impulses, they find not only themselves tested, but the one thing they always considered unbreakable: their friendship.




*I received a copy of this book, from the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Eric Jerome Dickey may be the one writer that I know won’t disappoint me when it comes to stories of sisterhood, independence, and romance. His books always makes me feel like I’m watching a movie, and I love his style. The Blackbirds is more tension filled, but the overall story left me with so many different emotions, that it was hard to get a grip afterwards. I’ve never read a dramatic romance from a male author who nails the female perspective. That’s why he will always be my favorite writer of this genre. This book is not the erotic romance that I’m used to from him, but it’s still an amazingly written story. It definitely makes me think about life choices that I’ve made, and ex-friends whom I’m no longer speaking to. I’ve come to learn that true friends wouldn’t want you to change your character just to fit in with what they have going on. 

The Blackbirds follows four women, who are all very different in terms of their aim. Kwanzaa, Ericka, Destiny, and Indigo couldn’t be more different in character. Their voices are so distinct, so you have no problem with keeping up. I love the bonding that these ladies share, but also the story of their lives separately. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, either. There are moments where I felt all sorts of regret and resentment from one or more of these ladies. Each have been through some things – cheated on, raped, lack of familial love, cancer – and that is just the gist of it. I connected with each one on different levels; whether from personal experience or I’ve been around someone in the same situation. I love the realness of the story. This stuff happens everyday to someone, and the author takes time to develop each and every character’s story. I got teary eyed one or twice, but that’s to be expected when reading about such heavy subjects. The characters are diverse; having come from different backgrounds. They’re all black women, but from different cultures. I especially found Indigo’s story intriguing – her being of Nigerian descent.

This is true women’s fiction. The friendship, struggles, desires, heartbreak, neglect, and failures are all too real to ignore. I loved going on this journey, experiencing all the adventures that they did. I’ve never been scuba diving, nor jumped from a plane, but I was right there with these ladies. The only downside to this book for me was how it never seemed to end. I found myself glancing at my progress too much. This is a monster book to get through. I think it could be shaved down a little, but that could just be me. Still, if you are looking for something that will bring back memories, makes you think of how your life is or what you’d do to change it, conquer your fears, or just revel in the bond you have with your friends – then this book will definitely take you there. Definitely recommend this one!

31 thoughts on “The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey

  1. Wow! That is so cool that he can write so well from the female perspective. I have seen this author’s books a lot at bookstores, but I have never heard anything about them. I’ll definitely have to try one sometime. This one sounds very good and I love the cover too!


  2. This is written by a man and an emotional story at that?! Wow! They’re a dime a dozen so when you find one, you have to read his work! I love the cover art too, it’s so pretty and so telling. Like the pose is indicative of “the feels” but the vibrant colors can throw you off too.


  3. What a great looking book! How many pages does it have though? What’s a monster for you? I love following characters’ journey, so I’ll consider this one. Not fan of the cover though – she looks too photoshoped!


    • Any book over 500 pages is considered monstrous for me. I read this right after I finished with Lady Midnight, so me and big books are on bad terms right now. LOL! But to answer your question, it’s only 528 pages. That’s big in romance land for me.

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  4. Great review! This sounds so good! I really love it when a book makes me feel like I’m watching a movie


  5. I’m going to try this one. I will admit I’m not a big fan of the cover, but the story itself just sounds too good for me. I’m impressed at a male author managing to write the female perspective so well, and also that there is so much discussed in this single book as well. Brilliant review, Lekeisha!


  6. I love it when an author manages to use their pen like a paint-brush and make vivid pictures for us to enjoy while we follow a story and its characters, Lekeisha. The Blackbirds sounds fantastic, and I am adding yet another book to my Mt. TBR 🙂
    I hope you’re having a terrific Thursday!


  7. I have a hard time reading women’s fiction. I would say that it’s too deep for me but I don’t think that’s it. Maybe I don’t like to think too much about the reality of things that adults go through or something since I read plenty of YA books that deal with serious subjects. Anyway, this sounds like a good one and an author I should write down for recommendations for readers at the store. I think it’s pretty amazing that a male author can capture a female perspective so perfectly.


  8. I don’t think I’ve heard of this author, but his stories sound amazing! A focus on sisterhood and independence? Sounds right up my alley!


  9. I can’t get over the fact that the author is male, that’s so great that he was able to capture the romance and drama from a female perspective. I want to read this one now! I need a book that makes me question all of my life’s decisions!


    • I think you’d love all of his books. Warning: Your ovaries may explode while reading his books. LOL! If I had to compare him to a female author, it’d be Sylvia Day. They sure know how to mix drama and romance.


  10. That is neat that a man wrote a woman’s fiction about friendship and sisterhood. I’m curious for that reason alone. But the description of each being different and their lives has me interested. Stunning cover, btw!


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