The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes | Review

Title: The Black Coats

Author: Colleen Oakes

Publisher: Harper Teen

Published: February 12th 2019

ISBN: 9780062679628

Series: standalone

Pages: 378

Edition: Hardback

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I bought this myself, all opinions are my own.

The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes was the book choice of the month for April’s Lost Between The Covers book club!

Roses are read, violets are blue, if you hurt us, we’re coming for you.

The deeply secretive Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who hurt girls and women for years. And Thea has just received an invitation to join them. This is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to finally get justice for her cousin Natalie, whose killer went free.

Thea dives head first into the group, training every day with other girls whose stories rival hers. Together they carry out Balancings—acts of revenge guaranteed to teach a lesson. With every predator threatened, every blackmailer exposed, and every date rapist punished, Thea can feel herself getting closer to avenging Natalie’s death.

But then the Balancings begin to escalate in brutality, and Thea discovers that the Black Coats are not all they seem to be. Thea must confront just how far she’s willing to go for justice—and what kind of justice Natalie, and Thea herself, deserve. Because when the line between justice and revenge is razor thin, it’s hard not to get cut. 

Black Coats is a young adult contemporary but not a contemporary you think it’s going to be. Our main character Thea joins a prestigious society created just for women who have suffered from the hands of men. Thea has lost her cousin Natalie who was murdered but the killer walked free and justice wasn’t served so Thea has just been handed an opportunity to exact vengence.

I liked this one, it was an interesting concept, the characters were all good, I easily managed to follow along and get attached to them easily. The plot was enjoyable and easy to follow, I definitely recommend this one for something different and quick to read 🙂

Did you or are reading The Black Coats this month for the book club? May’s book choice is Priory of the Orange Tree if you wish to join us next month! You can find our Goodreads here.

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