Review: The Black Coats

Title: The Black Coats
Author: Colleen Oakes
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


I loved this story!

The premise is so intriguing. The idea of women getting revenge on men who have harmed women sounds fair and just. However, there is a cloudy moral area, where you have to determine where their justice ends. Though it should balance out the men’s harm to women, the women could also go too far. I was glad that they addressed this issue later in the book.

The second half of the book was so thrilling! The first part took a lot of time to show how the Black Coats operate and how they complete their Balancings. In the second half of the book, the story took a surprising turn, which was great!

This is a fabulous story that definitely lived up to my expectations!

What to read next:

Come Find Me by Megan Miranda

Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga #1) by Colleen Oakes

Have you read The Black Coats? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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