Author: N.D. Gomes
Published By: Vintage Books, Random House
Publication Date: November 16th 2017
“My name is Alex. I am fifteen years old, and I don’t know where my sister is. Or if she will ever come back.
On New Year’s Eve 5,000 blackbirds dropped dead. The same day Olivia McCarthy went missing from a small coastal village in Orkney.
Now Her younger sister Alex is on a mission to find out just what happened to Olivia. But does she really want to know all the answers?”
The blurb of Blackbird was the first thing that made me want to pick it up. I love a good mystery book but I sometimes find the blurb or the first chapter can be a little too corny and it immediately puts me off of it. Thankfully, after reading the first chapter of the book I wasn’t put off at all. It pulled me in straight away. Blackbird was such an easy book to read simply because you wanted to know what was going to happen.
Alex wasn’t a main character that particularly bothered me but I almost feel like I didn’t get to know enough about her. As much as I loved how focused this book was on the main plot, I felt like I could have down with a little bit more character depth with Alex. So, that was a tad disappointing. However, I did love what I got to know about her sister, Olivia and I thought it really did help move the story along.
The plot moved at a pretty good pace and I didn’t even realise when we were getting to the end of the book because I was so into reading it. Did I find the ending predictable? Yes. That was the main issue that I had with the book. The entire mystery of the story was finding out what happened to Olivia and who was involved and it didn’t take extremely long for me to be build up a pretty good case as to who it was. A couple of chapters later, it was confirmed without the author doing their “reveal”. For a mystery book, I was hoping to hold onto that sense of mystery for just a little bit longer.
I really did enjoy reading the book though. It was well written and I was pretty satisfied with the conclusion. Might be worth picking up if this is the sort of genre that you’re into.
Rating: 3 stars
Netgalley has sent me this book in exchange for an honest review.