The Blackbird's Song

Fiction - Thriller - General
300 Pages
Reviewed on 02/25/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Blackbird’s Song is a work of fiction in the thriller genre and was penned by author Katie M Marshall. Written for mature readers due to some scenes of violence and the use of explicit language, this is a dark tale containing themes of abuse, murder, and psychological trauma. The focus is on protagonist Lizzie, whose life becomes unbearable when she crosses paths with a serial killer whose dark past and broken mind continue to torment him. The after-effects of her experiences haunt Lizzie too, and she is determined to track down the man who ruined her life and made it impossible to cope and move on into the future.

Author Katie M Marshall has a flair for the dramatic and the exciting, yet nothing ever feels overplayed in this masterful and dynamic thriller. One of my favorite features of this novel, and the reason why I feel it differs from your average thriller, is the particular focus on Brian as the killer, and how his mental state has fractured and redeveloped into something truly terrifying. Marshall writes with a deep psychological intelligence that brings heaps of added atmosphere and tension to the piece as a whole, making a stark contrast and powerful standoff between Brian’s persona and that of Lizzie. There is a strong relatability and realism to Lizzie that grounds her despite the dark experiences, which are eerily well described. Overall, The Blackbird’s Song is an intense work that will satisfy readers who are fans of deep psychological contexts and interpersonal drama.