Book Review: The Blackbird Season

Book Review: The Blackbird SeasonThe Blackbird Season
by Kate Moretti
Pages: 338
Published by Atria Books
Genres: Fiction, Mystery/Crime
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New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti’s latest is the story of a scandal-torn Pennsylvania town and the aftermath of a troubled girl gone missing.

“Where did they come from? Why did they fall? The question would be asked a thousand times…

Until, of course, a more important question arose, at which time everyone promptly forgot that a thousand birds fell on the town of Mount Oanoke at all.”

In a quiet Pennsylvania town, a thousand dead starlings fall onto a high school baseball field, unleashing a horrifying and unexpected chain of events that will rock the close-knit community.

Beloved baseball coach and teacher Nate Winters and his wife, Alicia, are well respected throughout town. That is, until one of the many reporters investigating the bizarre bird phenomenon catches Nate embracing a wayward student, Lucia Hamm, in front of a sleazy motel. Lucia soon buoys the scandal by claiming that she and Nate are engaged in an affair, throwing the town into an uproar…and leaving Alicia to wonder if her husband has a second life.

And when Lucia suddenly disappears, the police only to have one suspect: Nate.

Nate’s coworker and sole supporter, Bridget Harris, Lucia’s creative writing teacher, is determined to prove his innocence. She has Lucia’s class journal, and while some of the entries appear particularly damning to Nate’s case, others just don’t add up. Bridget knows the key to Nate’s exoneration and the truth of Lucia’s disappearance lie within the walls of the school and in the pages of that journal.

Told from the alternating points of view of Alicia, Nate, Lucia, and Bridget, The Blackbird Season is a haunting, psychologically nuanced suspense, filled with Kate Moretti’s signature “chillingly satisfying” (Publishers Weekly) twists and turns.

My Takeaway

“Where did they come from? Why did they fall? The question would be asked a thousand times…”
Kate Moretti, The Blackbird Season

The Blackbird Season has been receiving lots of buzz and I was expecting to love it, but the book just didn’t quite do it for me. I felt the plot moved too slow and it was more of a mystery than a psychological thriller. I was never at the edge of my seat and the ending was not as exciting as I like. The story revolves around several scandals in a small town in Pennsylvania. It involves the mysterious death of a thousand blackbirds, a marriage in trouble (husband accused of having an affair with one of his students), unstable teenage relationships, and the case of a missing girl no one seems to care about. There is definitely a lot going on in this town and Moretti does a nice job at capturing the main characters perspectives and rationale. Although this wasn’t the suspense thriller I was expecting, Moretti is a great storyteller and I would certainly give her books another try.

Thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for providing me with an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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