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Review: The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

The Accident Season reviewThe Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Published August 18th 2015 by Corgi Childrens


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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? (Goodreads)

Halloween is over but I was still in the mood for something creepy, something disturbing, and The Accident Season was exactly that. “Accidents happen. Our bones shatter, our skin splits, our hearts break. We burn, we drown, we stay alive.” What’s more creepy than that? The idea that Cara and her family are inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone for an entire month is terrifying. Some years the accidents seem to be worse than others. This year is supposed to be one of the bad ones. Cara notices one day while flipping through the pictures on her phone that one of her classmates Elsie is in every single one of her pictures, even ones not taken at school. At first she thinks it might be a coincidence but when she tries talking to Elsie about it, Elsie seems to have disappeared entirely. Cara asks around about her, but no one has any answers. Meanwhile Cara, her sister Alice, and her ex-step brother Sam are doing their best to avoid any accidents. Cara is obsessed and intrigued by these kids she saw inside a train. They were dressed up like a forest, a mermaid, a ghost boy, and a fairy. We don’t know if they were real children dressed up or if it is something that Cara envisioned, but regardless the way it is described made my skin crawl. Cara and her best friend Bea find an abandoned house and decide to throw a Halloween party there. Of course Cara and the gang end up dressing up like the kids Cara saw on the train. Strange things happen, and you find yourself racing to find out all the mysteries that are layered in the story. Things just aren’t adding up. Sadly, the build up was much better than the last few chapters. Everything was disturbing and it just kept getting weirder and more mysterious, but as things start unfolding finally none of it makes sense. Family secrets are revealed that were never foreshadowed and too many questions still remain. I liked the idea of the secrets booth and the accident season, but I was hoping for more. I rate The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle 3 stars.

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