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The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti



A thousand dead starlings fell from the sky in Mt. Oanoke, Pennsylvania, but it wasn’t long before an more disturbing event rocked the small town. Lucia, a high school student, claims to be having an affair with popular teacher/baseball coach Nate Winters, outraging the town. When she disappears, everyone suspects Nate except his colleague, Bridget Harris, who will stop at nothing to discover the truth.

Told from multiple points-of-view—Nate, his wife Alecia, Bridget, and Lucia—and in varying time periods (time being marked as before and after the birds fell), The Blackbird Season is a slow burning story that gradually reveals the truth of things. The circumstance of the dead birds quickly takes a backseat to the mystery of Lucia’s disappearance and the question of whether or not she and Nate really had an affair—I tended to forget about the birds, actually, as I didn’t care as much about that. The resolution of Lucia’s disappearance was not at all what I expected, and I loved being surprised by what really happened.

This is the first book I’ve read by Moretti. I truly enjoyed her writing style, and found the overall story to be captivating. I’ll definitely be reading more of her work in the future!

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Atria Books via Netgalley.

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Author: Kate Moretti
Title: The Blackbird Season
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Published: September 26th, 2017 by Atria Books
Rating: 4 stars

About the Book

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.

About the Author

KATE MORETTI lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.

2 thoughts on “The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti”

    1. Thanks so much! ❤ I have to say, this is a lot easier to write than the other format, because it’s HARD to think of things I didn’t like sometimes!

      Hmm… maybe this should be my thing! Some of the time, at least. 😉


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