ARC Review: The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

Posted September 30, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

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ARC Review: The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti
The Blackbird Season
by Kate Moretti

3.5 Stars


Released: September 26th 2017
Published by Atria Books
Pages: 352
Format: eARC

“I still found this an engaging mystery and one I was happy I dug into.”
~ Under the Covers

I was initially drawn to this because of the cover and the fact I wanted to try a new to me thriller author.  When I started reading THE BLACKBIRD SEASON I thought there was enough potential in the storyline and it was catching my attention.  However, I think I suffered a bit from questioning some of the things I was expecting this book to be and waiting for things to relate and not seeing that happen.  I think it’s best to go into this book without having any preconceived ideas of what you think the story will be about and just letting the author dictate that pace.

Once I got over all that (maybe a little after the halfway point) I started to get invested in the mystery and wanting to solve it.  So the main plot here revolves around Nate Winters, a baseball coach and teacher who is sort of a small town hero.  A troubled teenage female student, Lucia, accuses him of having an affair with her and shortly thereafter she goes missing.  Things quickly get complicated for Nate at work, with his wife, all around town.  This is told in several different POVs and I enjoyed the change in narration and the perspective it gave  us into the story.  I wasn’t, however, a huge fan of the characters.  I was annoyed with Alecia (the wife) for many different reasons, but mostly I kept getting annoyed at Nate because of how he acted in regards to his autistic son.  It was as if he felt the need to compete with him for his wife’s attention and would get mad when his son was always the priority.  It would just get on my nerves.

Overall, I think I lacked a bit of connection with the characters and with what I thought the story could be instead of what it was.  But I still found this an engaging mystery and one I was happy I dug into.  It may not leave me itching to grab the next Kate Moretti book that comes out, but I certainly will read more from this author.spacer


About Kate Moretti

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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I think I’ll pass on this….it seems like the characters would be too much of a downer to really be able to enjoy the book.

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine

Great review Francesca!! Shared on all my socials!!

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review.