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The Blackbird Season: A Novel Paperback – September 26, 2017
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Praise for The Blackbird Season:
"Crime fiction adores girls in trouble. Moretti's latest nail-biter is no exception, but it is exceptional...Though Moretti's emotionally astute tale can be heart-rending, readers won't be able to look away. As slow, creeping dread sets in, so does the inevitability of the terrible situation the town finds itself in, offering a deliciously sinister glimpse into the duplicity of small-town lives and the ease with which people turn on each other when tragedy comes calling. Moretti's tale of jealousy and obsession is nothing less than dark magic. Witchery indeed." (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“A powerful story about a missing girl and an accused suspect that takes a haunting look into the characters and relationships you think you know. The Blackbird Season explores the fine line between guilt and innocence, truth and perception, the moments that break people apart—and those that bring them together. Riveting and insightful, this is a book that lingers long after you turn the final page.” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls)
“With her stunning new novel told through multiple perspectives, Moretti weaves a story that is equal parts suspenseful and chilling. The clear, concise storytelling will draw readers into Nate and Alecia’s journey. The authentic, honest dialogue between Nate, Alecia and Bridget will engage readers as their individual pain and loss is captured. With the strangely haunting character of Lucia, steady pacing and an intricately woven plot, Moretti’s latest will leave its mark on readers.” (RT Magazine)
"This cautionary tale keeps the reader guessing to the end." (Publishers Weekly)
"The tale’s suspenseful core should catch and hold most readers, especially Gone Girl fans." (Booklist)
"A suspenseful mystery about small-town secrets and scandals." (PopSugar)
"Kate Moretti’s insightful, starkly human mystery about a girl they call 'witch' has that sit-down, gotta-cry eloquence readers long for. Mean girl alliances and small town loyalties collapse in unison on the day the blackbirds fall. This story will hold you tight to its pages well past your bedtime. The Blackbird Season is Moretti’s best yet." (Lisa Turner, Edgar Award finalist author of The Gone Dead Train and Devil Sent the Rain)
"The Blackbird Season pulls off a very difficult thing: it's nail-biting and thought-provoking all at once. It's a rare that a book can make you turn pages like your life depends on it, but also give you food for thought because the characters are so perfectly drawn. A stunning achievement from an extremely talented writer." (Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew)
“Moretti spins a tale of suspicion, deceit, and dreams that die as suddenly as a flock of starlings falling from the sky. A thrilling morality tale of the highest order, The Blackbird Season will make you question the lines between right and wrong, victim and criminal, and the unknowable intentions that form our innocence and guilt.” (Mindy Mejia, author of Everything You Want Me to Be)
“A skillful blend of family drama and domestic suspense...it kept me turning the pages and was resolved to my satisfaction at the end. Highly recommended.” (Eileen Goudge, New York Times bestselling author of Garden of Lies)
About the Author
Kate Moretti is the New York Times bestselling author of Thought I Knew You, Binds That Tie, and While You Were Gone. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids. Find out more at KateMoretti.com or follow her on Twitter: @KateMoretti1 or Facebook: /KateMorettiWriter.
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The Blackbird Season starts with the fall of a thousand starlings on the high-school baseball field. The little town of Mt. Oanake, P.A. is the setting for this grim occurrence. This coincides with the shocking news that a beloved teacher was having an affair with a student.
Nate Winters is married. His wife Alicia is a stay at home mom who takes care of their autistic child. Nate is the teacher in question. He's known for befriending his students and following them on social media. He takes particular interest in Lucia Hamm, a student who comes from a broken family.
Alicia is the frustrated wife. She's not working any longer and it's solely dedicated to her son. She's frustrated with Nate for not helping out. She's frustrated with how her life turns out. She was hoping for more. When Nate is accused, Alicia can't defend him. She has her own doubts.
Bridget Harris is Lucia's teacher. She's best friends with Nate and she is the only one who thinks he's not guilty. Bridget, a recent widow, knows she can't let it go despite not liking Lucia very much.
Lucia Hamm comes from a broken home. Her father is gone and her brother is an abusive junkie. Her only outlet is writing her thoughts and reading tarot cards. Her situation at school is not any better. She's bullied and called a witch.
It was hard to like Nate. He crossed so many lines a teacher shouldn't. He made mistake after mistake and when Lucia disappears, he didn't help himself by lying.
Lucia had a tough life but she contributed to her own school drama. There is one situation where she had all my sympathy but for the most part, I didn't like her.
My biggest problem was with Alicia. She was so frustrated with her own life that she never gave Nate the benefit of the doubt. She was first to write him off. Shameful, really.
Like I said earlier, Bridget was the saving grace. She was nice and was the only one looking for the truth.
I would categorize The Blackbird Season as a mystery more than a psychological thriller.
Simply put, this book is amazing!
I previously had read The Vanishing Year by Moretti and I really enjoyed that work. To me, this book is even better.
Told in alternating view points between Nate, his wife Alexia, their friend Bridget, and a young student, Lucia, The Blackbird Season explores what happens when a small town is rocked by scanda.
Lucia is a young, troubled student of Nate and Bridget, a senior who hasn't exactly had the easiest path in life. Both of her parents are gone and her brother is a drug user who abuses her. She is an outcast at school and turns toward her teacher, Nate, for comfort.
Nate wants his students to like him, he follows them on social media (despite the fact that he probably shouldn't), keeps tabs on them, and tries to be the 'cool' teacher. This turns against him when accusations hit that he is having a relationship with Lucia who claims they are 'in love'.
Bridget doesn't know what to believe. Dealing with losing her husband just a year before, she is battling with her own demons. To watch her friends struggle with the scandal is hard. She wants to believe Nate but her own eyes tell the truth may be otherwise.
Alexia, meanwhile, is not just dealing with her husband possibly having not just an affair but one with a student, she is also dealing with their autistic son, Gabe. Gabe is a struggle. Life is not easy in their house and Alexia sees Gabe's failure as a mark on her, instead of just seeing Gabe for Gabe.
Each of the adults has their own view on what has happened. The adults in town have their own views. Everyone thinks they are right.
And then Lucia vanishes. Was Nate responsible? Where did Lucia go?
Moretti portrays each of her main characters wonderfully. And she leaves you guessing until the end if Nate was or was not in a relationship. The ultimate twist is one I did not see coming but it was wonderfully written.
I completely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, fast paced thriller. Try to free up your schedule because you are going to want to read this in one sitting!
The ending of this book will have a twist that you never saw coming! Buckle up for the wild ride that is The Blackbird Season!