Review: The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

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Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Published: 2015
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

It’s the Accident Season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

So let’s raise our glasses to the accident season,
To the river beneath us where we sink our souls,
To bruises and secrets, to the ghosts in the ceiling,
One more drink for the watery road…

Before I actually picked the book up, I did assume that it might be set in maybe the 1700s or perhaps even earlier (around about the time of witches and accusations of sorcery, etc) or something. The reason I thought this was because the book surrounds and eerie tale of a season which occurs once every year – a month of mysterious, unexplainable injuries, which for me, evokes visions of 16th century superstitions. But it is actually set in the modern day and is written in the point of seventeen year old Cara. The book relates her experience through a certain, deadly Accident Season, and the mysteries that surround her past.

The other characters are: Cara’s elder sister Alice, her step-brother Sam, her overprotective mother, and best friend Bea, plus the ever-mysterious Elsie. Their gruesome journey through the accident season and the discoveries they make along the way, make excellent, highly compelling reading. The style of the text is really gripping; I was hooked right from the very first page. There are so many intriguing elements to this book.

The mystery surrounding Elsie serves as a major part of the plot. Elsie is a strange girl; she has a secrets booth at Cara’s school. She invites people to type up their secrets (anonymously) on this old rickety typewriter and put them in an old wooden box. But the main strange thing about Elsie is that she is in every one of Cara’s photos – which is weird because Cara hardly has anything to do with Elsie…

Meanwhile accidents have started to happen. Alice fell down the stairs and a bridge collapsed when Cara was walking across it. And according to Bea (and her ever reliable fortune cards) this accident season is going to be a bad one. How is Cara going to cope and ultimately – will she and her family ever escape the dark shadow which the accident season casts over them all? This book is one of the best stories I have read in a while – it is dark, mysterious and gripping throughout. Definitely worthy of a five star rating, in my opinion. I would highly recommend this book.

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