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.
The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti
Published by Atria Books (expected September 26, 2017)
Genre: Literary Fiction/Women’s Fiction/Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Kindle, 352 pages
Review of The Blackbird Season
Almost every small town has at least one secret. Some have more than one. Take Mt. Oanoke, PA, in Kate Moretti’s new novel, The Blackbird Season.
In Mt. Oanoke, it seems almost everyone has a secret. With the unveiling of her plot line, Moretti lets the reader in on the various secrets held. Told with a point of view from four characters–Nate, teacher at the local high school; Alicia, Nate’s wife; Bridget, Nate’s colleague and mutual friend to Nate and Alicia; and Lucia, the high school student whose life has never been easy.
As you read each character’s story, you begin to understand that most of the time what they’re telling you is what they want to believe about themselves and the other main characters. And they each have an opinion on the deluge of blackbirds falling from the sky during a ballgame at the high school.
Moretti is an exquisite writer bringing a chill to the page with her descriptions of the old abandoned paper mill, the dark woods, an alleged witch, and the dynamic between the adults and the high school students. Character development is so well done I felt as if the four POV characters were going to step through the pages and sit down in my family room for conversation. Transition between characters’ storytelling was seamless and easy.
Then pace was just right–pages keep turning and yet you want the story to last. And then…Moretti spins an ending totally unexpected. Cleverly building to a level of pitch that has the reader’s heart pounding, a corner is turned and around that corner is nothing you thought would happen.
If you have read Kate Moretti’s work before (which I had not), then you will love The Blackbird Season. Due out in September 2017, don’t miss getting your copy of this finely woven tale of suspense and mystery in small town Pennsylvania.
Meet 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.
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