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?
The Accident Season is often compared to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and for good reason. This book is, by far, the most ominous and resounding book I’ve ever read.
To be honest, I have no clue how to explain this book. I finished it recently and my mind is absolutely spinning in awe and confusion directed at the manner the book was written. The characters in this novel all have disturbingly dark stories surrounding them, giving it the ominous flare. The way they all view the mystery of the accident season adds to the gloomy, thick vibe surrounding The Accident Season.
Cara Morris and her family are haunted by accidents throughout the month of October; hence the accident season. She’s seeking out answers surrounding their family’s accident season when she realizes that she’s being shadowed by a girl, Elsie- in every picture Cara has taken, there is a glimpse of Elsie in them. And it’s from there that Cara, along with her older sister Alice, her ex-stepbrother Sam, and her best friend Bea stumble all the way to the answers they wanted.
The pivotal point in this story was the scene of their Halloween party. October 31st, the last day of the Morris’ accident season. That scene was filled with metaphors and fantastic imagery and description that it almost felt like I was watching a movie. It was both haunting and brilliant and confusing, but I really think that it was an amazing climax to the plot. The Accident Season wraps up quite nicely, with every character getting what they want at the end, but the air in the atmosphere remaining heavy. I’d like to think that their accidents are over forever now.
As much as I respected Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s debut novel, it really left me confused and off. I’m still not a hundred percent sure what happened at some points. But aside from that, this was a thrilling read.
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