Book Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Release Date: August 18th 2015
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Source: Sent by Publisher
Rating: ★★★
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It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

My Review: 

This book caught my eye when I was in New York for BEA (click to read all about my adventures at Book Expo here!) and it was one of the big books hyped up for the early fall. The Accident Season is a story that has a dreamy, supernatural aspect to it and flirts with magical realism. 

What's good about it:

The Writing: This is Moïra Fowley-Doyle's debut novel and her descriptions of the story are lush and atmospheric. She paints a vivid picture of the small town that this cursed family lives in and I found the setting to have a spooky and timeless vibe to it.

The Character Relationships: All the relationships between the main characters; Sam, Cara, Alice, and Bea were fantastically fleshed out and the dynamics between all of them were unique and realistic. 

What's bad about it:

The Plot: The novel has a strong beginning and sets up a creepy, rich setting for the story to take place. However, around the 100 page mark where you start to see where the story is going, is where I find that the plot begins to fall apart. 

There's very little plot to begin with and the climax of the story, why the Accident Season happens in the first place, I found to be disappointing and ruined the mystery of the story in the first place. 

Final Thoughts:

I had high expectations for The Accident Season, and while the beginning of the story was promising, unfortunately I thought the reveal and last third of this story was disappointing. 

There's a lot more the author could have done with the premise and most of the mystery and intrigue falls flat the further the story progresses. I look forward to seeing other works by this author and what's to come from her.

The Accident Season is available now and you can grab a copy here.

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