Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 26th 2017 by Atria Books

Known for novels featuring “great pacing and true surprises” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) and “nerve-shattering suspense” (Heather Gudenkauf, New York Time bestselling author), 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, 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 Thoughts…

The Blackbird Season is an intriguing, twisted, and keep you guessing story.    I am hooked on books that have a teenager theme to them.    I have raised two teenage girls (I guess I still am raising them) and love when a book is true to the teenage world.    Kate Moretti understands the drama, the friendship circles, and the boy/girl relationships of being a teenager.   She makes the characters realistic to the real world.   There is cattiness between the girls, there is bragging between the boys, and there is competition in the relationships between the boys and girls.   All of this is stuff that I have seen with my own teenagers.   

While there are teenagers in this book there are also adult stories.   The story of a teacher who may over step his teaching boundaries when it comes to his students, the story of a marriage that is  being tested with coming to terms and learning a new life after having an autistic son, and there is the story of friendships being tested.   It was interesting to see who stuck by who and who came to who’s defense in their times of need.   

I am a huge Kate Moretti fan and am always excited when she has a new book coming out.   The Blackbird Season is amazing!   I cannot wait to discuss this one with my fellow book readers.    Pick up your own copy and fall into the wonderful words. 

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