By Kate Moretti
4 out of 5 stars
The day a thousand dead starlings fall on a high school baseball field in Pennsylvania, a chain of events begins that changes everything for the small town. Nate Winters, the baseball coach, is caught on camera, in an embrace with student Lucia at a local motel. When she disappears, he becomes the prime suspect. His wife Alicia doubts him and she is so wrapped up in her autistic son that she really can’t see past anything else. Lucia had a horrible family life and was called a witch by a lot of the kids in school but why would she suddenly leave and why not clear Nate’s name? The only person who seems to believe Nate is Bridget, a fellow teacher and good friend who has her own issues with Lucia. She just might find the answers in Lucia’s journal. Can she find out in time to change the course of what’s going to happen?
This book will definitely draw you in from the get-go. How many stories start with birds, tons of birds, dropping from the sky? Is there some kind of magical voodoo going on? You will have to read and find out. These characters are not the most likable. They all have their tics and secrets and sometimes I wanted to shake a few of them but that is what keeps you reading. How easy would it be for them to be black or white instead of shades of grey? Bridget was my favorite, I will say that. Nate, probably my least favorite because he was so hard to read. Another character summed him up nicely when she said he wanted to be liked by everyone. He did walk a fine line between appropriate behavior with a student and not appropriate behavior. It is a good suspenseful story with a thoughtful look at morals . The ending was really good, fit perfectly.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Atria Books in exchange for an honest review.