Release Date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Source: Penguin Random House First Reads program
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)
Cara and her family and friends are a strange group of characters. Her mother is an eccentric artist with purple hair, and her best friend is a tarot card reader, rumored to be a witch. Only her older sister Alice seems “normal”, and she fiercely denies that the Accident Season is real.
Not sure what to make of this story, as it was a little bit of a mish-mash. Almost like the author wasn’t sure what genre she was writing. And while the premise was intriguing, it seemed to take an awful long time before anything happened. I tend to like my plots done at a faster pace.
We do finally get an explanation for the Accident Season towards the end of the book, but it sort of fell flat for me. I wasn’t all that invested in the characters, so maybe that had something to do with it?
While this was an original story with an interesting premise, it was a little too unusual for my taste. I know that several people have loved it, but guess it’s just not my cup of tea.