Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Review #662 - The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle


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 Rating: 3/5

From the very first sentence of this book I was compelled to find out why Cara (the protagonist) and her family are cursed with accidents around the same time each year. The mystery surrounding this wasn't revealed until the end though which made the rest of the story rather confusing. 

There was too much magical realism aspects to this story like constant mentions of mermaids, werewolves, witches, ghosts and even changellings. For the book to take such a serious, realism twist at the conclusion just didn't fit in with the overall tone of the book. 

Sam was a very enigmatic character and I wish he had more character development. 

This book had a We Were Liars vibe about it in that you have no idea what is going on until the last few pages. 

The book is set in Ireland which as far as I know is the first book I have read that has been set there. In that aspect I would have liked there to have been more of a stronger cultural depth to it as apart from a few casual Irish city name droppings, the book really could have been set anywhere. 

Overall, this is one of those books that I have confused mixed feelings about.  

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