In a quiet town, a thousand dead starlings fall onto a school playing field. As journalists flock to the scene, one of them catches a teacher, Nate Winters, embracing a female student. The student claims that she and Nate are having an affair, sending shockwaves through the close-knit community. Then the student disappears, and the police have only one suspect: Nate.
Nate’s wife, Alecia, is left wondering if she ever really knew her seemingly loving husband. Nate’s co-worker, Bridget, is determined to prove his innocence and find the missing student. But both women will have to ask themselves do they really know what Nate is capable of?
The Blackbird Season is the first book by Kate Moretti, which I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is brimming with drama from page one, and the story had me hooked.
Nate Winters is liked by everyone who meets him. But when a stunning accusation is made against him, it brings his world and those within it, crashing down. Questions haunt his wife, Alicia. Does she really know the man she married? Why does he follow his student’s social media accounts, is there anything sinister in that? Can his colleague, Bridget, keep quiet about what she has seen? Can she uncover the truth before it is too late?
Kate has created a gripping mystery in this book. She has a talent for creating intriguing characters who I wanted to find out more about.
What I really liked about this book is how the author examined the traits and personalities of all her main characters. I am a huge fan of books that are told from different narratives. It is a great technique for a writer to use as we get to see a character through the eyes of different people.
Each character in this book has a strong voice; if I had to pick a favourite, I would say that it would have to be Bridget. She really is the main drive of the story, and she will do whatever it takes to protect her friend.
The Blackbird Season is a really good read with hugely addictive writing; I’m sure I’ll be returning to Kate Moretti’s work in the future.
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication date: 26th September 2017
Print length: 384 pages