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The Blackbird Season

(2017)
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Known for novels featuring "great pacing and true surprises" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) and "nerve-shattering suspense" (Heather Gudenkauf, New York Time best-selling author), New York Times best-selling author Kate Moretti's latest is the story of a scandal-torn Pennsylvania town and the aftermath of a troubled girl gone missing.

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 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 have only 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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A spellbinding tale of long-held secrets and small-town scandal, The Blackbird Season is one of those stories that sneaks up on you, each chapter building steadily to an ending that will haunt you long after you turn the last page." - Kimberly Belle

"The characters are authentically flawed and believable, and part of the mystery is the unfolding of their motivations… The Blackbird Season is about how people - teens and adults alike - get lost and disconnected. All that, plus a suspenseful mystery - what more can you ask for?" - Holly Brown

"When a troubled teenaged girl goes missing in The Blackbird Season, the town in which she lives is ripped apart by suspicion. As disturbing secrets bubble to the surface, no one is safe. Kate Moretti's trademark vivid characterizations, surprising storyline, and heart-stopping suspense kept me eagerly turning pages long into the night." - Carla Buckley

"The Blackbird Season is more than a haunting mystery; it’s an intense exploration of a family in crisis and a community rocked by scandal. How well can you truly know the ones you love? How far can you trust them? I couldn’t stop reading until I knew the whole and harrowing truth." - Laura McHugh

"The Blackbird Season pulls off a very difficult thing: it's nail-biting and thought-provoking all at once. It's a rare that a book can make you turn pages like your life depends on it, but also give you food for thought because the characters are so perfectly drawn. A stunning achievement from an extremely talented writer." - Gilly MacMillan

"Moretti spins a tale of suspicion, deceit, and dreams that die as suddenly as a flock of starlings falling from the sky. A thrilling morality tale of the highest order, The Blackbird Season will make you question the lines between right and wrong, victim and criminal, and the unknowable intentions that form our innocence and guilt." - Mindy Mejia

"Riveting and insightful, this is a book that lingers long after you turn the final page." - Megan Miranda

"This story will hold you tight to its pages well past your bedtime. The Blackbird Season is Moretti’s best yet." - Lisa Turner


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Used availability for Kate Moretti's The Blackbird Season

Hardback Editions

January 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Blackbird Season
Author(s): Kate Moretti
ISBN: 1-68324-637-3 / 978-1-68324-637-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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Paperback Editions

September 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Blackbird Season
Author(s): Kate Moretti
ISBN: 1-78565-631-7 / 978-1-78565-631-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Titan Books
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September 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Blackbird Season: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Moretti
ISBN: 1-5011-1845-5 / 978-1-5011-1845-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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Audio Editions

September 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Blackbird Season: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Moretti
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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September 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Blackbird Season: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Moretti
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Blackbird Season: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Moretti
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Blackbird Season
Author(s): Kate Moretti
Publisher: Titan Books
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September 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Blackbird Season: A Novel
Author(s): Kate Moretti
Publisher: Atria Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA