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Book Review: Blackbird by N.D Gomes

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Title: Blackbird (2017
Author: N.D Gomes
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary and Thriller
Publisher: HQ Young Adult
Release Date: 16th November 2017
Rating: ★★★★☆
Reviewed by: Lois

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“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?”

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This book will leave you staring at a wall in shock. I am a huge fan of this young adult thriller.

Blackbird is a story told from the perspective of Ale. Alex’s older sister Olivia has gone missing and Alex is determined to find her. Alex thinks she knows everything about her sister but it is only when she starts looking closer at Olivia that Alex realises there is a lot she didn’t know about her sister.

This story is very well written. The story flowed amazingly and I put that down to the first person narrative that didn’t have any unnecessary commentary. Alex’s relationships start to fall apart throughout the book. Her family is also falling apart due to the stress of finding Olivia is putting on them all. Everything seems to be too much for Alex but she wants to know where her sister is and what has happened to her.

I really enjoyed the fact that throughout the book as the reader you feel like the only person that Alex can talk to and the only person who will listen to what Alex has to say. Alex’s needs and wishes become your needs and wishes and you cannot stop reading the book because you want to know the truth.

Blackbird was a book I just couldn’t put down. I was so intrigued throughout. The mystery in this book is so well hidden. It wasn’t until around 75% into the story that I worked out where the story was heading. Even then it was only due to a little hint hidden in the writing.

My only issue with Blackbird would in the last 20% of the book. I felt that was happened to Alex in this bit of the story was unnecessary for the plot to continue. I would have been a lot happier if the storyline with Inspector Birkins and Alex investigating has continued instead rather than adding this new storyline. This didn’t ruin the boo for me though.

N.D Gomes’ writing is amazing. I love her writing style and the way she has written this mystery. I really want to read more of her work in the future.

Overall, I was a big fan of this book. It is an unputdownable and suspenseful read. I loved how well the mystery was hidden. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of a good thriller book.

Thank you to HQ Young Adult, Netgalley and N.D Gomes for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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