The Blackbird Season
“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.(less)
MY REVIEW OF “BLACKBIRD SEASON” by KATE MORETTI
Kudos to Kate Moretti, author of “The Blackbird Season” for bringing so many important timely topics that weaves into her story. I love the way that Kate Moretti describes the scenery of a depressed small town, formerly a paper mill, and the consequences of loss to the families living there. This a story has different layers, and the genres for this story are Mystery and Thriller, Suspense and Fiction(Adult) The timeline of the story appropriately varies with the characters and plot.
In this small town, we are introduced to many of the characters at a high school baseball game. All of a sudden, many blackbirds are falling from the sky and dying. The game is finished and the town is closed down for a few days to determine the cause of the birds death.
Kate Moretti describes her characters as complex and complicated. In this small town, we meet the Coach and teacher Nate Winters, his wife Alecia, and their five year old autistic son. Alecia is very stressed with her son’s condition. We meet other teachers and the high school students. Some of the characters are not likable. Some could be considered quirky, and some seem unbalanced.
There is an escalating feeling of suspense and foreboding that something bad will happen. One of the students goes missing. The community and the town seem to appear toxic. In this small town, people seem to thrive on gossip, and there is no loyalty. This book was very hard to put down. It is intense, intriguing, and has many twists and turns.
I love that Kate Moretti addresses the current problems of bullying, the misuse of the media, autism and developmental learning of young children, marital problems, and coming of age problems. The author also describes pollution and environmental issues that can lead to health issues. I like the way the author describes the importance of family, love, hope faith and self-acceptance. This is an amazing book, and I would highly recommend it. I received an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) for my honest review. #BLOOMREADS