Book Review: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Initially when I was going for the book,Black Bird of the Gallows, I thought it had something new in paranormal to offer. Something different from the usual vampire, werewolf and stuff like that. The book brought in a different concept of crow. Crow who can shift forms. I know it sounds creepy. That is the reason why I picked up this book to see how this is going to play out. All I can say is I was disappointed.


Black Bird of the Gallows Official Synopsis

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

Black Bird of the Gallows RWAT TAKE

Black Bird of the Gallows

The book kind of jumps too quickly into the supernatural mode and its story plots and making it a bit weird to relate and divide. It does not stop to explain things properly or take time to build up things

It felt like that the book was trying to wind up incidents quickly and get over with it as a fast as it can so the next incident can occur . Every chapter starts in a grand way and leaves it half way with droopy endings and jumps to another incident

So even after the book was over I was only half aware of what took place in the book. The book clearly needed more layers and building blocks to make this book work. It was crucial to explain and cement the new concept that the author had introduced before shutting down the book completely.


The book starts off very ambitiously but loose its focus very quickly. Each chapter seems to open a new plot development only to fall completely off the track. It sort of tries to wrap up every thing so quick that it is very difficult to take the book very serious. It clearly is a good theme treated half heartedly


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