Blog tour Book Review: THE BLACKBIRD SEASON by Kate Moretti


Atria Paperback | ISBN: 9781501118456| On sale: September 26, 2017 | 352 pages | $16.00
eBook: Atria | ISBN: 9781501118463| On sale: September 26, 2017 | 352 pages | $11.99

“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.

Baseball coach and English teacher Nate Winters and his wife, Alicia, are admirable advocates for their autistic son, Gabe, and well-respected throughout town—that is, until one of the many reporters who arrives to investigate the odd bird phenomenon catches Nate embracing a wayward student, Lucia Hamm. 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 she ever really knew her husband...

And when Lucia Hamm suddenly disappears, the police only seem 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 murder lie within the walls of the school and between the pages of that journal. Told from the alternating points of view of Alicia, Nate, Lucia, and Bridget, THE BLACKBIRD SEASONis filled with Kate Moretti’s signature “chillingly satisfying” (Publishers Weekly) twists and turns.

Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: Mystery
Series: Standalone

“There was a missing piece. Something that no one knew.”

I read my first book by Kate Moretti last year. You can see my review of THE VANISHING YEAR here. I really enjoyed her writing style and have been highly anticipating reading THE BLACKBIRD SEASON since the release was announced. When Atria Books reached out to me about reading an advanced copy, you bet I jumped at the opportunity! I started it as soon as I possibly could. Spoiler Alert: I LOVED IT!!!

“She felt like she had a flimsy, tenuous grip on the truth. The she had all the pieces, and still couldn’t assemble the puzzle.”

Shrouded in mystery, secrets lies and betrayal. THE BLACKBIRD SEASON is a book that explores relationships, family, friends, loss and heartache. The unthinkable has happened. A student has gone missing, with suspicious circumstances surrounding her disappearance. Nate, the most beloved teacher at Mt. Oanoke High is suspect #1. All signs point to Nate. But things aren’t always as they appear.

“The breakdown of a marriage happens almost in phases, almost imperceptibly,”

THE BLACKBIRD SEASON is told in multiple points of view and points in time. I loved that we got to see so many sides of this story. It made me feel like I had insider information on what was really happening. I did find myself needing to flip back a chapter sometimes to determine when I was in the storyline. Even though I often found the timeline hard to track, I really enjoyed this story. The ending threw me. I was not expecting that to be the way things played out. I also feel like I was left with a few unanswered questions. But that’s life, right? We don’t get all the answers.

“What she didn’t know then, but she knew now, was that sometimes beginnings and endings feel the same.”

To sum up my thoughts: this was a captivating tale and I look forward to more work by Kate Moretti. I love her writing style. This book is not an edge of your seat thriller, but there was lots of suspense. The characters and story will pull you in and keep you coming back for more. If you’re a fan of a good mystery with an ending you may not see coming, I highly recommend you pick this one up.

“Her dreams were never big, yet somehow not quite small enough to accomplish.”

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Kate Moretti is the New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing YearThought I Knew You, and Binds That Tie. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and kids. Find out more at

Twitter: @KateMoretti1
Instagram: @katemoretti1

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