Accident Season book reviewTitle:  Accident Season

Author:  Moira Fowley-Doyle
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)

My Review:

The Accident Season has an interesting premise and after reading the synopsis, I wasn’t sure if this story was going to be fantasy, horror, or fiction. It does seem strange that the family is cursed with accidents every October, but maybe it’s become a self-fulfilling prophecy? Hard to say.

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.

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