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
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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
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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
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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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