Name: The Accident Season.
Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle.
Publication Date: 18th August 2015.
Publisher: Corgi Children’s.
Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads.)
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?
“for someone whose so afraid of accidents, I sure do a lot of stupid stuff.”
Wow. This book was weird, it was beautiful and it was captivating. I literally had no idea where the plot was going until it was happening. It was confusing to begin with but the whole book was packed with mystery and kept me guessing until the end. I couldn’t really place it in a genre but it came across as contemporary but it also had a paranormal and magical feel which was really interesting for me.
Our main protagonist is called Cara and every year, her and her family go through something they call ‘the accident season’, where they will suffer accidents for a whole month. I liked Cara, she was intrigued by a lot of things and she seemed determined to figure out the mystery behind Elise.
I really liked Bea, she was a really eccentric character that I enjoyed spending time with.
I liked the way the author added in normal teen issues like Alice and her boyfriend and their relationship amd Cara and her obvious feelings for her ex stepbrother.
The mystery surrounding Elise appearing in all of Cara’s photographs was very strange. As soon as Cara decides she wants to ask Elise about the photos, she disappears. She isn’t at her usual place at school. They even go as far as getting her address from school files and go to visit her apart from the fact that all they find is an old abandoned house. The magic shop before the Halloween party and the train filled with kids dressed up was really quite eerie.
The ending really wasn’t what I was expecting to be honest but it was still a perfect ending and it wrapped up all the loose ends that the book created. I still have no idea if it was supposed to be slightly paranormal or not.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It’s been the first book in a while that’s really grabbed my attention from start to finish. The characters were well thought out and read like real people. The storyline was brilliant and the ending was fantastic. I recommend this book 10000000x over!!
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