Book Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Posted August 21, 2015 by Melissa in Book Review | 15 Comments

Book Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-DoyleTitle: The Accident Season
Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Publisher: Corgi Childrens, Random House
Publication date: August 18th 2015
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Fantasy, Magical Realism
Length: 288 pages
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
My Rating:

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?

Book Quotes

“There are no ghosts; only the dust in the light, our breath and the wind in the quiet, and the feeling that something, or a lot of somethings, are watching us. So maybe there are ghosts after all.”

The Accident Season Poem

My Thoughts

I’ll never be able to appropriately convey my love for this book, but I’m going to try…

The Accident Season is an absolutely amazing debut novel! The second I started reading I knew that this was going to be one of the best reads for 2015 and I was sooo right!

Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s writing is spot on….The Accident Season is haunting and lyrical without being pretentious or difficult to read. I was pulled in and swept along like a long lazy river and I loved every second.

The Accident Season River

The story is captivating and the plot moves fast enough to keep us interested but slow enough to maintain that slightly dreamy feel throughout. I loved all of the characters – each unique in his/her own way yet such an integral part of the whole. They were a cohesive “family” and that is a dynamic that is not so easy to convey but Fowley-Doyle does it perfectly.

There is a little bit of romance in this…a few relationships are explored and that adds a great element to this book without becoming a focus.

The Accident Season Romance

Magical Realism, Fantasy, Contemporary, Coming of Age…all of these genres are softly mixed together in The Accident Season to form a beautiful whole.

I can’t really say much more without giving anything away…the synopsis pretty much explains it all.

I can’t recommend this one enough…please give it a go. I have not read a book that made me feel this way in a long time.

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15 responses to “Book Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

    • Melissa

      If you like magical realism with a gothic feel you really will love this one!

      PS. Great meeting you too!

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