The Blackbird Season is a dark thriller that is hard to put down. I recieved an advanced e-copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 stars.
Out of nowhere, hundreds of birds fall dead from the sky onto a small town without explaination. With everyone in town rattled from this event, a teacher at the local high school is accused of having an affair with one of his students. The teacher, Nate, swears its not true but the girl, Lucia, says that it is. As the rumor mill gets going, Lucia’s behavior gets stranger and stranger. Some students accuse her of being a witch while the teachers try to defend her and her broken home. When the sitatuon is as bad as it can possibly get, Lucia dissappears. Now Nate, who was questioned for having an affair with Lucia, is now being questioned for the murder of the missing girl.
I read this book fairly quickly, it was addicting and hard to put down. I liked the plot twists and the ending. I would have given this four stars out of five but knocked it down half a point for two reasons: the first reason is that each chapter had a date at the beginning and the dates jumped all over the place. They went forward and backward and forward and backward in time, in a way that didn’t quite make sense to me. I was constantly flipping to the chapters before to figure out when the current chapter was happening. I was confused but that’s just me, somebody else may have no problem with that. My second issue is with the characters. While they were all well-developed, I didn’t personally like any of them. The story is told from alternating points of view, those being Nate, his wife Alicia, and their friend Bridget. If they were real people in real life I would not like any of them, so it made reading from their points of view less enjoyable. Again, this is a problem I personally had but many other readers may not have. Overall, it was a strong thriller that I would recommend.