BookSparks #YAWRC2019 Review: The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes

The Black Coats is a secret society of women who plot and execute revenge on men who have hurt them or other women and girls in their lives to teach them a lesson and get even. Could this sound any more awesome?!? The book is dark, and secretive and chock full of girl power. It’s a fast-paced, action-filled examination of revenge and what lengths some will go to attain it.

Thea is still reeling from the murder of her cousin Natalie. Her family struggles, her days go by in a haze and she’s desperate for closure as the case has since become stagnant and cold, with no leads in site as to who murdered her best friend. She’s steadily melting into a dark spiral of depression and sadness and the invitation to join the Black Coats come just in the nick of time for her.

A mysterious series of envelopes sends her on a scavenger-type hunt to equally curious destinations that end with a proposition… to join an undercover group of determined women who have been hurt by men – through abuse, pedophilia, and other disgusting acts. She’s quickly thrusted into a group of of girls also seeking revenge for something a man has done to scar them, and intense training begins.

The Black Coats start performing tasks to scare and humiliate the lesser offenders, but soon they will be able to carry out their ‘balancings’ on those who have directly hurt them. But Thea soon realizes – are they taking justice too far? Who is she to be judge and jury? And if it won’t bring Natalie back – is it all worth it?

Give me a group of strong women who kick ass and you have SOLD ME. I loved the premise behind this all as a story – it was creative and fun and at times pretty intense, but I flew through it and was riveted by the suspense and the mystery of this secret society. The characters were all interesting and strong willed and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish!


  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (February 12, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062679627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062679628


You can get your own copy of The Black Coats here!


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From Amazon:


Moxie meets Female of the Species in this powerful, thrilling, and deeply resonant novel about a secret society of girls who plot revenge on the men who hurt them.

The enigmatic Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who have hurt girls and women for years. The killer of Thea’s cousin went free, and Thea has just received an invitation to join the Black Coats’ balancings—acts of revenge meant to teach a lesson. Justice for Natalie has never felt so close.

But as the balancings escalate in brutality, Thea’s clear-cut mission begins to unravel and she must decide just how far she is willing to go for justice.

Because when the line between justice and revenge is paper thin, it’s hard not to get cut.



About Colleen:

Colleen Oakes is the bestselling author of books for both teens and adults, including The Black Coats, The Queen of Hearts Series and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable.

She currently at work on her third fairytale series, a contemporary thriller and a fantasy collaboration. You can visit her webpage at:, find her on Facebook under Author Colleen Oakes or follow her on Twitter or Instagram.


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