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The Blackbird Season

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  3,289 ratings  ·  575 reviews
Where did they come from? Why did they fall? The question would be asked a thousand times....Until, of course, more important questions 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 unexpec
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Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Kate Moretti
Happy Pub Day!!!

When an author can fluently change the overall feel of each book they write, they have my attention. This is precisely how I feel about Kate Moretti; while you could technically group her last two books as psychological thrillers, the details ensure a wholly separate reading experience. I adored her 2016 publication The Vanishing Year, which was a classic domestic drama, and this year she has wowed me again with The Blackbird Season, a dark, slow burning suspense that was creepy
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Decent mystery filled with unlikeable characters.

The disappearance of a mysterious high school student who was supposedly having an affair with a beloved teacher turns a small town on its head in The Blackbird Season.

Mt. Oanake, a small mill town in Pennsylvania, is the kind of town that traps people. With little means to get out, most people wind up stuck in this little gossipy place. Baseball is one of the few things the town has going for it, and coach/teacher Nate Winters is
The Blackbird Season was my first read by Kate Moretti. I have heard such wonderful things about her writing and was thrilled to explore this author.

Kate Moretti delivers a character based novel that alternates between our 4 main characters (Nate, Lucia, Alecia, and Bridget). This is a slow-burning mystery that takes you on one crazy ride trying to figure out who/what why?

Mt. Oanoke is a small town in Pennsylvania where nothing ever happens. Until, our opening scene at the baseball field where t
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars

This was an atmospheric psychological suspense mystery about a high school student who goes missing and the teacher who becomes the number one suspect. The author, Kate Moretti, did a fabulous job creating a vivid picture of the unthriving small town devastated by the mill closure years prior. The after effects lingering years later – on the people, on the buildings, on the overall attitude of the gossipy, close-knit community. The abandoned mill seemed to be a haunting character itself
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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3.25* Stars (rounded down).

Could you imagine a thousand starlings falling on you, while out watching a game? Would you call it a natural phenomenon, toxic poisoning or would you blame a young teenage girl who no one likes and several kids in her High School refer to as a witch?

In Mt. Oanoke, a small Pennsylvania town, as soon as the birds fall, things go from bad to worse. Lucia Hamm, is a teenager who is a social outcast. If it weren’t for the support of best friend Taylor and her teacher Nate
The Blackbird Season has all the makings of a Lifetime thriller. Teacher accused of sleeping with his student. Student disappears. Police become involved. Fingers are pointed. Small-town secrets revealed. Scandal mounts. Marriages are rocked. Susan Lucci makes a cameo appearance……

Okay, maybe the Susan Lucci bit was a tad of an exaggeration. Really though, this book is poised to become a love to hate-watch flick. The sheer volume of tropes contained within are staggering. We’ve got the Hometown H
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Kate Moretti, and Atria Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Having no previous knowledge of Moretti’s work, I was able to read this novel without preconceived notions. It is worth noting, though, I did falsely presume the premise of the story that would develop. When thousands of starlings fall from the sky in the sleepy Pennsylvania town of Mt. Oanoke, everyone is left
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'He felt sick. No matter what happened now, everything had just gotten worse. All the pieces he'd been clinging to had flown apart, scattering what was left of his life in a million directions. He was in trouble, he'd been in trouble, but now he was more than in trouble, he was as dead as a person could be while still being alive. In one heartbeat, he envisioned Alecia and Gabe huddled together on the couch, himself in prison, a 20/20 special. ....He had no way of knowing that this mome ...more
Holly  B
The Blackbird Season is a character driven, dark tale with transitioning POV between the 4 main characters (Alecia, Nate, Lucia and Bridget).

It begins in a small town in Pennsylvania at a high school baseball game. An ominous event....dead starlings raining down. This will become a recurring theme throughout the book.

The community is toxic in more ways than one. Lucia, a troubled and neglected teen-age girl is an outcast. Some of the other students have taunted her and labeled her a witch. Nat
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Traveling Sister Read with Lindsay

The Blackbird Season is a dark, slow-burning, eerie, haunting, suspenseful psychological thriller with some great elements to make it a haunting read. A dying town where people know everything and will turn on each other without a care, an abandoned mill haunted by the loss of jobs and hope, dead birds, and a missing girl. We both really enjoyed those haunting elements to the story and found them to be unique and suspenseful.

The Blackbird Season is a story of j
Diana | Book of Secrets
3.5 Stars → When hundreds of dead starlings fall out of the sky, curious reporters flock to the grim scene - a baseball field in a small, down-on-its-luck Pennsylvania town. The birds prove to be a bad omen for local high school teacher, Nate Winters. One of the reporters spots him with a student named Lucia at a seedy motel, and then Lucia disappears. His wife Alecia is already at her wits' end, and the accusations against her husband are too much to bear. It seems the only person Nate has to d ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

As the story opens, Nate Winters is a popular math teacher and sports coach at Pennsylvania's Mt. Oanoke High School.

Nate - a married father - takes a real interest in his students, and has helped some of his players get college opportunities. The town's goodwill for Nate goes down the tubes, though, after thousands of blackbirds plummet to their death in Mount Oanoke.

As the strange phenomenon is being investigated, a slew of reporters descend on the area - and one snaps a photo of Na
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley for an ebook copy of The Blackbird Season.

The book was a little slow to start but was thrilled when it picked up. The writing and descriptions are so wonderfully done. I love how Kate Moretti wrote from different points of view from the characters (Nate, Lucia, Alecia and Bridget. The Blackbird Season is written with great suspense.
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A husband, a father, a teacher, a coach, and now a suspended teacher accused of having an affair with a student.

Did it really happen, though, or did Lucia make it up?

Nate was always involved with this students on a personal level and helped the ones who appeared to be in distress. Did this backfire on him?

THE BLACKBIRD SEASON is mainly about the characters and their lives after the blackbirds fell and after Lucia disappeared. Did Lucia have anything to do with the blackbirds falling from the sk
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ominous, haunting, and gritty!

In this latest novel by Moretti, she transports us to Mt. Oanoke, Pennsylvania, a small town that suddenly finds itself turned upside down not only by a sudden infestation of dead birds, but a teacher-student scandal that will test the limits of marriages, friendships, and community alliances.

The prose is chilling and eerie. The characters are multi-layered, damaged, and self-involved. And the plot told from multiple perspectives is ultimately a suspenseful ride rid
Lori Lamothe
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

Mt. Oanoke is a dying mill town where nothing happens—at least until opening day at the high school baseball field, when a thousand starlings fall out of the sky. Some blame the polluted air, others believe it’s an omen. Whether the dark rain is manmade or supernatural remains a mystery, but a series of disturbing events soon follows. A troubled teenage loner accuses Nate Winters, a popular teacher and coach, of having an affair with her. Not long afterward, she disappears. Is Nate an a
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
About: The Blackbird Season is a thriller written by Kate Moretti. It was recently published on 9/26/17 by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 352 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, suspense, and fiction.

My Experience: I started reading The Blackbird Season on 8/28/17 and finished it on 9/13/17. Reading this book is a bit of a push for me. The actions were tame and the story was slow paced. The accusation of student/teacher relationship got my attention as well as birds dropping
What can I say about this novel well I may be on my lonesome on this one but IT WAS A VERY SLOW BURN!! the story was told by multiple characters I wasn't particularly invested in this one, the prose was interesting a student goes missing & believed murdered, who is the main suspect THE TEACHER!!.

I have read many a book like this &I found it a bit draining, none the less Miss Moretti knows how to get the character development going & it draws you in , for me it was just meh.
Theresa Alan
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Moretti’s work gets better and better. This novel is suspenseful as promised: Did beloved teacher and coach Nate Winters rape a troubled female student? If not, will he get off, and if so, how? But I think what makes this such a good novel is the way Moretti portrays the subtle challenges of human nature. A marriage already under strain because Nate’s wife, Alecia, has been overwhelmed by taking care of the needs of their autistic now-five-year-old son. Alecia finds clues that make her doubt Nat ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nate Winters is the teacher at the local high school that everyone loves, he coaches baseball and is always there for his students. Alicia, Nate's wife, wishes that her husband would put a little more into their family than he does his students as she struggles to raise their autistic son. One day in their quite Pennsylvania town a thousand dead starlings fall onto a high school baseball field which in turn unleashes an unexpected chain of events.

As one of the reporters sent to investigate the
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugggghhhh, blehhhhhh, mehhhhh, urgggggg. Eh. This book. THIS BOOK. Eck. UGH.

WHY is there SO much going on in this story, guys?! WHY? So much, too much, STUFF. Stuff that I didn't feel was necessary. Stuff that didn't further the plot in any way. Am I going to detail what stuff didn't belong? No, because I don't care about it.

I'll admit this book kept me interested simply because I didn't know who did what deed. I wanted to know. I wanted to know, not because the story was good but because I'm
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Blackbird Season pulled me in from the very first word, sentence, chapter. I was hooked. I usually read more than 1 book at a time and I was putting the others down so that I can get through this one cause it was just that good.

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, Alecia, are we
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Blackbird Season is one of those books that had me gripped from the first page, there was something mesmerizing about this one, I was completely caught up in the lives of the residents of Mount Oanoke, Pennsylvania. I was so curious about the starlings and wondered how this bizarre event would tie into the story, almost as much as I was wondering what happened to Lucia…

This is told from four different perspectives and shifts back and forth over a few weeks. I don’t think any of the lead char
Erin Clemence
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
It starts with falling birds. In Kate Moretti’s “Blackbird Season” throngs of blackbirds fall out of the sky, for no apparent reason causing a small but temporary panic in a Pennsylvania town. When reporters show up to investigate the mysterious occurence, one reporter catches what she believes to be the local high school baseball coach (and English teacher) wrapped in an embr
Erin Beall
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, thrillerish
2.5 stars.

Some nice character and relationship work; I really enjoyed Bridget, in particular. Ultimately, though, the book needs editing: it’s definitely too long, and there are a few misused colloquialisms I noticed (though of course I forgot to mark them for this review 🙄🙄🙄). I also wish the author had done more with the tarot concept— that could have been so cool, but in the end it fell so flat. Call Maggie Stiefvater, girl, she’ll teach you how to write amazingly witchy women ❤️
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
The Blackbird Season, an unusual tale of events happening after birds randomly fall from the sky in small town in Pennsylvania, and the chain of events which follow it, told from different points of view, and certainly interesting in parts.

One of the main characters of the story is Nate Winters, a popular hometown teacher and baseball coach who is accused of having an affair with an eccentric and troubled student Lucia, his life as he knows it is not the same, and the man who seemingly everyone
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's just another day in Mount Oanoke, Pennsylvania when the birds start to fall. Hundreds of dead starlings, dropping from the sky during a baseball game. It seems like the birds started it all, but really the secrets and lies began much earlier. Nate Winters, high school teacher and baseball coach, is beloved in the town. That is, until a reporter, in town to cover the birds, catches Nate hugging a student at a local motel. Suddenly, the birds are forgotten, and the story becomes much juicier: ...more
Liz Barnsley
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classically good take on the small town character drama, with a hint of psychological thriller and a huge dose of atmosphere - Kate Moretti takes us on a journey through the underbelly of school and town life, one damaged girl makes one huge accusation and everything changes....

I love tales like this - morally ambiguous possibilities, many shades of grey and questions of trust - is Nate a lovable laid back guy who simply cares too much about the kids in his care or something much more nefariou
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Maybe the publisher description led me to expect too much, or perhaps my standards for mystery-thrillers are simply much higher than they were before after reading so many fantastic novels in the genre this year. Whatever the case, The Blackbird Season just didn’t do it for me. To use one of my favorite phrases, everything about this book was “aggressively mediocre”—the mystery wasn’t too mysterious, the thrills weren’t th
Sonja Yoerg
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Small town secrets spell big-time trouble in Moretti's newest nail-biter. In all her books, Moretti is skilled at assembling a great cast of characters and spinning a web around them, a web that you can see but never quite understand until the last twist in the silk has been spun. But in The Blackbird Season, Moretti takes her art to another level, ushering us into the troubled lives of her characters, slowly revealing their broken hearts and tortured souls, making us despair for their futures a ...more
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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 passa

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